American Samoa StatehoodAmérican Samoa statehood
Before and after the hot election year 2016, the present policy debate has revolved around some easy, generally understandable but grand concepts such as: making America big again; revitalizing commerce; reclaiming the offshored careers of countries that profited from globalisation; and empowering the army, hampered by demagogic politic. Currently, American produce is less competitively priced on the global market, while the American army is reportedly no longer able to wage a successful two-front conflict.
Meanwhile, America's long-standing enemies have energetically reshaped their policy of regional growth in the global arenas. In the controversial area of the South China Sea, China is moving its borders, while North Korea has declared that it is prepared to start a nuke against the United States.
Accordingly, the United States must intensify its narration about a new age of American grandeur and exception. It is no longer about "the Weltpolizisten " or "Nation Building", but about how America can regain its grandeur for itself, not so much for the rest of the underworld. We need to recall the past few years when America was indeed great.
The United States, on the other side, has a long history of transforming its territory and property into states when the needs of the time require it. Initially, most U.S. states, except the initial 13, were territory before they became states. Last lands given by the USA were:
of Oklahoma (1907), New Mexico and Arizona (both 1912), Hawaii and Alaska (both 1959). There are also certain institutional and institutional disparities between these areas. Certain areas are or are not (as part of the United States itself), and have or do not have an organised administration (that is, by an organically enacted law adopted by the U.S. Congress).
So there were organised areas of the USA (such as Alaska and Hawaii until 1959). Currently there are only U.S. territory that is disorganized (Palmyra Atoll), disorganized (Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands), disorganized (American Samoa and other Pacific and Caribbean isles, Samoa and reefs) and commonwealties (Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico).
Others former US territory have become sovereign nations, such as Cuba and the Philippines or the associated states of the USA, such as the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau. In spite of the different organisational disparities between these units, the general consensus is that they are all US territory (or, in the case of some others, were).
Because of the above mentioned clear rationale (strategic, operational, military) we need a new and serious and unrestrained way of granting US statehood to at least five territories: Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands. Another possible move could be to integrate the present COFA units - the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands and the Republic of Palau - into the new Confederation building.
A number of opponents reject the concept of accepting new members into the Union for various reasons: small territorial and sparse populations; possible reversals of the US Congress's oversight of powers; and the enormous indebtedness of some of the Union's regions. Potential options include: reunification of two or more areas into major states (e.g. Pacific Islands, Carribean Islands); adjustment of some congressional positions between current and new states; and conclusion of cross-party agreements on the problem of debts, on a case-by-case basis.
We expect an inspiring move called STATEHOOD FOR THE U.S. TERRITORIES, which comes from the top management levels (the President) in connection with its supreme legal equivalent (the Congress), to collect and channelize the energy and resource of the basis for this precious and vistaic ideal.