Puerrtorriqueños por Puerto Rico, Puerto Ricans for Puerto Rico (PPR) is the political party that beat the odds, The Fools and the calendar to become a legitimately registered entity for the local 2008 elections. Launched 12 years ago as a "protect the environment" group, the PPR has emerged as an alternative to the current sumphole of crooks, liars, criminals and hyenas that run this near-chaotic Island.
At present, the PPR has avoided creating the automatic "hook" so people can decide whether to support it or not, namely, proclaiming a status solution as part of their platform. Athough status is a non-issue in Our daily lives (except for The Fools who use it to batter the media with their loathsome utterings), it is an issue in deciding what party one identifies with. And even then, most of Us can't adequately define the status We support, more than that can't define the statuses they reject and nearly all of Us are unaware of the factors that truly lead Us to a non-defined status solution.
What the PPR says they support is educating Us on the status debate, clearing out the reeking political partisanship and framing the discussion in ways that help Us understand the underlying factors, the need and the potential paths opened up to Us by making a choice. Laudable goals, these. And they are never going to happen.
For you see, the PPR is a stillbirth, a neonate with a dying heartbeat. In typical fixed-focus fashion, the PPR zeroed in so hard on becoming a registered party that they totally ignored the hard work needed to actually be a party once the registration was completed. It's as if they spent all their energies in building a race car and come race day, they forgot to prepare for the race.
Continuing the analogy, they also have the wrong driver. PPR president and co-founder, Rogelio Figueroa, has placed himself in a no-win situation that, by extension, will drive the party into extinction. He has let his ego take over and begun acting like a candidate for governor, instead of thinking long-term strategy and placing himself in a Senatorial candidacy, where grass-roots support would almost certainly gain him a top ranking amongst at-large candidates.
Figueroa's problem, so typical of political rookies, is that he believes his current "popularity" actually translates into votes come election time. Figueroa is unaware and unwilling to understand that the lofty and energizing position of "outsider offering hope" will be battered over the next 16 months into "outsider who can't find his ass with a map" by his opponents, exposing him for what he truly is: A woefully weak candidate for governor, without experience, without a platform, without a well-oiled party machine, without true solutions and most importantly, without links in government, where a good 22-25% of the vote comes from.
Given My track record on politics, why do I care? Because Rogelio Figueroa doesn't. He doesn't really care about Puerto Rico, or its environment, its economy, its education or its status. He may have cared once; may still be capable of caring. But not now. Now Rogelio Figueroa is simply another bedazzled would-be Fool, confusing scattered high-fives in his walks around the Island with deeply-felt support when the chips--and the economic reality behind every vote--are on the table. He believes he alone has the solutions, the ideas, the power, to take the PPR to La Fortaleza and single-handedly--isolated amidst a sea of non-partisans--run this country.
Rogelio Figueroa is wrong. He can't win the governor's seat by himself; he can't win, period. He could, of course, swallow his over-inflated ego and elect (pun definitely intended) to run for the Senate and aim to make the PPR a viable third party where none currently exists, a third party that can develop its ideas, solutions and political muscle to make the 2012 elections a true watershed moment in Our history. He could.
He won't. Rogelio Figueroa, the outsider with a vision, has thrown away that much-needed advantage in order to become no better than any other Fool scrabbling for fame, glory and power. I'd yawn, but I have so many other better things to do with My time.
The Jenius Has Spoken.