IN THE LATE 1890s SCOTT JOPLIN created ragtime music… it swept the nation.

To this day this man’s genius made a lasting impact on the world of music. Around the same time Congress was trying to figure out how to secure ports for the American Navy south of Florida.

The Maine blew up in the Havana harbor, which years later was determined to be ‘an inside job’, but that is a different subject.

They wanted Puerto Rico and Cuba, and in 1898 they took both over in a two day war to cries of “Remember the Maine!”

That made them ‘ours’. Cuba did not work out, but thankfully beautiful Puerto Rico became ‘ours’, a territory of America and they gave Puerto Ricans citizenship.

The government that is over Puerto Rico as an American Territory needs to treat it as if it was New York. Irma and Maria attacked that island and put it to ruin.

I know from my Puerto Rican wife Marilyn that her relatives are in a bad, bad situation, dire straits, horrible destruction that is ruining many lives around them for lack clean water, lack of insulin (one of her relative’s died from lack of dialysis) and other basic medical needs, food, water, medicine, power, gas, roads, basic communication need to be IMMEDIATELY ADDRESSED.

Not think tanks; not a committee, not a boat or two.

The 1948 Berlin Airlift brought in up to 9,000 tons of goods A DAY to a population 1/2 the size of Puerto Rico, where more infrastructure has been destroyed than Berlin’s, as well as basic living spaces gone.

They landed a plane every 3 minutes, 24 hours a day. That was almost 70 years ago. Now, with helicopters and ships that are available, more can be done – not enough is.

Haiti had 300 choppers sent, Puerto Rico so far, with 5x as many people, have 50. This is not a drill nor a game.

Video below was filmed in Vieques, Puerto Rico

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