What does it mean to be a US territory?
"(…) How does Puerto Rico fit in? With more than 3,000,000 U.S. citizens in residence and a fully functioning government with a constitution approved by the U.S. Congress, Puerto Rico is a far cry from the territories of the 18th and 19th centuries.
But it is still a territory. For many Americans, the idea of a territory calls to mind “Indian Territory,” or their local Territory Days celebration, or a Hollywood vision of the Wild West. These 19th century mental images make it hard to understand what it means to be a territory in the 21st century.
But a territory, legally and under the U.S. Constitution, is simply a piece of land belonging to the United States. It is not a state, and it is not a country. It is a possession of the United States, a piece of land owned by the nation. A territory doesn’t have the rights, responsibilities, or powers of a state or a nation. It has no sovereignty of its own. It’s just a possession. (emphasis added)
This is a relationship that is hard for Americans to grasp. It doesn’t fit with our modern view of our nation as a pattern of democracy and freedom. It’s left over from the days of American Expansionism. There is no benefit in pretending that it is something it is not. (emphasis added)
In both Puerto Rico and the United States as a whole, people are increasingly ready to give up the idea that Puerto Rico should be a territory. Puerto Rico has voted twice, in 2012 and in 2017, to become a state. The government of Puerto Rico formally requested statehood in 2018. So far, however, Puerto Rico continues to be a territory of the United States. (…)"
I would respectfully submit that the very idea in 2019 that the US “holds a territory” is an abomination. It is a vice originating in deluded 17th century notions of dominance by which the land, the people the integrity of all resources are preyed upon without conscience or ethics.
In short, the domination system that attempts to force us to accept this is at the same time subjecting us to the same degradation- except that this degradation is COGNITIVE. Never underestimate the power extracted by use of cognitive degradation.