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2012-06-08 11:25:48 PM

kronicfeld: Nope. Never happen. Anti-change public will shiat on any effort to add another state. God decided America should have 50 states - it's in the Bible - and 50 states it shall stay.


Although I agree on your first sentiment, I wonder when the public became so anti-change. Because it was clearly during one of the last few decades or so.
 
2012-06-08 11:38:16 PM
This makes more sense than most:

pre.cloudfront.goodinc.com
 
2012-06-08 11:52:56 PM
We had our chance with Cuba, but let them become their own country instead. Hindsight being 20/20, it'd have been a better option to make it a state instead of, 50-60 years later, have Castro emerge. I'm sure we'd have still heard the name Fidel Castro, but as the savior of the original Washington Senators instead of the headache of every politician and spy in Washington.

Also, I want whatever drugs io9 has for even remotely thinking England would become a state. It'd be more likely for me to walk on the moon tomorrow than for England to EVER become a part of the United States.
 
2012-06-08 11:58:19 PM
Hindsight being 20/20, it'd have been a better option to make it a state instead of, 50-60 years later, have Castro emerge. I'm sure we'd have still heard the name Fidel Castro

F*ck Woodrow Wilson. He's the reason Castro happened.
 
2012-06-09 12:31:16 AM
FTA1: 5 places that could become U.S. States in your lifetime

FTA2: ...looking to extend its foothold onto another continent at the end of the 21st Century.

This proves that io9 writers aren't human. My son's 10 and he might last till 2090s, but he nor his friends read io9.
 
2012-06-09 12:33:46 AM

kronicfeld: Nope. Never happen. Anti-change public will shiat on any effort to add another state. God decided America should have 50 states - it's in the Bible - and 50 states it shall stay.


Simple: Bring a new state in and repatriate California back to Mexico.

/Get a second new state and throw Arizona into the bargain.
 
2012-06-09 12:34:16 AM
Rhode Island and Conneticutt should join up; Vermont and New Hampshire; and Maine and Massachusetts.

/and we should expand the House of Representatives by about 200.
//I am not a crack pot
 
2012-06-09 12:35:51 AM

GreenAdder: No mention of Michigan's upper peninsula?


That might be a Superior idea...

I don't know if Congress would want to let Puerto Rico become a state (its own citizens notwithstanding), as its population is entirely Spanish-speaking (respect are country and all), and having a state in the Caribbean could allow for easier illegal immigration. That being said, I think it'd be nice to have some new states. Upper Michigan is one idea, Puerto Rico another. If people insist on keeping 50, then we'll get rid of states as we add them. Bye Arizona! Mexico really missed you!
 
2012-06-09 12:36:11 AM

whither_apophis: Rhode Island and Conneticutt should join up; Vermont and New Hampshire; and Maine and Massachusetts.

/and we should expand the House of Representatives by about 200.
//I am not a crack pot


Connecticut
ftfm
 
2012-06-09 12:36:12 AM

Winning: Puerto Rico is the only one that I can see actually happen.

Cuba or the UK? No. Farking. Way. Not in my lifetime, at least.


Replace those two with

TwistedIvory: What about Guam and the Virgin Islands?


and we can talk.
 
2012-06-09 12:38:11 AM
Puerto Rico? Sure. Guam and the Marianas Islands? Maybe. Cuba? Highly unlikely. D.C. and NYC... possibly, but also highly unlikely. The UK? Not a chance. Ever.
 
2012-06-09 12:38:50 AM

fusillade762: Winning: Puerto Rico is the only one that I can see actually happen.

Cuba or the UK? No. Farking. Way. Not in my lifetime, at least.

Replace those two with

TwistedIvory: What about Guam and the Virgin Islands?

and we can talk.


American Samoa would be cool too
 
2012-06-09 12:40:12 AM

Nadie_AZ: Hindsight being 20/20, it'd have been a better option to make it a state instead of, 50-60 years later, have Castro emerge. I'm sure we'd have still heard the name Fidel Castro

F*ck Woodrow Wilson. He's the reason Castro happened.


sup, Beck?

/not gonna buy your goddamned book.
 
2012-06-09 12:42:13 AM
I was promised that Iraq and Afghanistan would be the 51st and 52nd states. No mention of them?
 
2012-06-09 12:43:21 AM

TwistedIvory: What about Guam and the Virgin Islands?


If anything those would be the two that would be most welcoming statehood. Rico, no. England, now that's a laugh. I know they joke about July 4th as good riddance day.
 
2012-06-09 12:44:04 AM

Relatively Obscure: I would not bet money on seeing ONE place become a new state in my lifetime.


Well, states were added during every American's lifetime, until your lifetime.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_date_of_statehoo d

Though, I kinda think that a lot of that was "Manifest Destiny", plus America doesn't necessarily need to draw borders around more square miles or population to have a healthy future. We don't *need* to own or claim or rule a place to dominate it nowadays in the era of a single Superpower.

DC and Puerto Rico might happen.
 
2012-06-09 12:47:08 AM

Paris1127: I don't know if Congress would want to let Puerto Rico become a state (its own citizens notwithstanding), as its population is entirely Spanish-speaking (respect are country and all), and having a state in the Caribbean could allow for easier illegal immigration.


Um...

Puerto Ricans are ALREADY American citizens. Statehood won't change that.
 
2012-06-09 12:56:25 AM

GreenAdder: No mention of Michigan's upper peninsula?


Thanks, I was planning to mention that. The name "Superior" was picked out decades ago for the eventuality of that happening.
 
2012-06-09 12:57:58 AM

StopLurkListen: Paris1127: I don't know if Congress would want to let Puerto Rico become a state (its own citizens notwithstanding), as its population is entirely Spanish-speaking (respect are country and all), and having a state in the Caribbean could allow for easier illegal immigration.

Um...

Puerto Ricans are ALREADY American citizens. Statehood won't change that.


The point sailed so far over your head that it nearly collided with an aircraft.
 
2012-06-09 12:58:02 AM

ArkAngel: Probably not.
Not a chance.
Ain't happening.
Are you serious?
What are you smoking?


^ THIS THIS THIS!
 
2012-06-09 12:58:38 AM
How about we get RID of some? we could combine all the flyover states into one. Then those rubes wouldn't wield undue influence over the productive parts of the country.
 
2012-06-09 12:58:50 AM

hubiestubert: To be fair, Chicago and New York City have both been proposed as their own states fairly often...


It's probably a good idea. Germany's 3 largest cities, Berlin, Hamburg, and Bremen. are their own states. That way, the rural folk don't try to screw with city policy and the city folk don't try and screw with rural policy. Could probably split off New York, Chicago, LA, maybe a couple of others. Of course, if we're going to be adding that many states we may have to redo how Senators are allocated...

Yeah, OK, it's never going to happen.
 
2012-06-09 12:59:30 AM
Yeah right.
 
2012-06-09 01:00:41 AM
If anything, I'd recommend splitting Georgia up into three distinct states at least. One of the three would fail.
 
2012-06-09 01:01:59 AM
You can't carve a state out of an existing state, so no to NY-city-state.
 
2012-06-09 01:03:08 AM
I see someone on io9 read Wikipedia and made an article about what they learned.

/If we are to gain a state, we need to shed a few first.
//I nominate Texas.
///But they don't get to keep any military bases.
 
2012-06-09 01:03:43 AM

ghare: How about we get RID of some? we could combine all the flyover states into one. Then those rubes wouldn't wield undue influence over the productive parts of the country.


You mean aside from the stupid amount of Congressmen we'd have?
 
2012-06-09 01:05:50 AM
What a poor excuse for writing.
 
2012-06-09 01:09:52 AM
Actually I think we will lose a few in the near future.

Texas, Arizona, and Florida will secede and form The Gun-Shottin, Gay-Hatin Republic of Jesusland.
 
2012-06-09 01:14:33 AM
A more plausible scenario would be the US breaking up with various states either going sovereign, becoming Canadian provinces, repatriating to the Commonwealth, being
bought by Asia corporations or being conquered by Mexicans.

That's less laughable than the UK becoming a state.
 
2012-06-09 01:14:35 AM

bbfreak: ArkAngel: Probably not.
Not a chance.
Ain't happening.
Are you serious?
What are you smoking?

^ THIS THIS THIS!


I'll second that motion.


Nadie_AZ: This makes more sense than most:

pre.cloudfront.goodinc.com


For some reason I want to play Risk on that.
 
2012-06-09 01:15:33 AM

Corporate Self: Actually I think we will lose a few in the near future.

Texas, Arizona, and Florida will secede and form The Gun-Shottin, Gay-Hatin Republic of Jesusland.


You forgot about the most Root Toot Tootin' nation ever.
 
2012-06-09 01:20:50 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Puerto Ricans have voted on statehood a number of times and every time it's come up NFW

/if we want a 51st state, I say we split California


Northern California could solve virtually every problem they have if they cut off socal. It not that, I suggest San Bernardino and Riverside leave. They're virtually nothing but a bunch of hicks and illegals living there
 
2012-06-09 01:24:35 AM
The UK?


Trololololol.
 
2012-06-09 01:24:42 AM
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/DIAF, Subby.
 
2012-06-09 01:25:53 AM
It ain't going to happen till the Ghost Dance happens
 
2012-06-09 01:30:11 AM
The United States is actively seeking a democratic Cuba once Fidel Castro dies, funding the Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba to transition the government from a socialist republic when the time comes.

The US definitely has interest to to keep other countries from buying up Cuba but making it a state is a pretty unlikely way to do that. Plus there would be so much anti-imperialism rhetoric it would never even see the light of day.
 
2012-06-09 01:33:24 AM
I don't think there's going to be an United States before decade ends.
 
2012-06-09 01:36:01 AM

DamnYankees: The very idea that anyone would think anyone in the UK would ever WANT to become part of the US is psychotic. Talk about arrogance.


Didn't you read the article?

The UK rejected the Euro, this means they want to be part of the USA. It says so right there.

Of course, who ever wrote it also thinks New York is the financial capital of the world. But well, the UK thing I can follow.
 
2012-06-09 01:36:31 AM
I am -SO- sending this to the sob in law
He's from London and when he reads the last bit he'll have an farking aneurysm.

/ I like him. Kinda a loud mouth but treats my eldest right.
 
2012-06-09 01:38:41 AM

Balchinian: 5 things that could wind up in your butt in your lifetime.
5 things that could make your mom angry in your lifetime.
5 things that could fall off the mantel in your lifetime.
5 things that could be said by a black man in your lifetime.
5 things that could get cold in a freezer in your lifetime.

There. That is 5 reasons why iO9.com is the biggest farking waste of bandwidth in your lifetime.

/DIAF, Subby.


Bitter much?

/Actually, I understand where you're coming from.
//i09 is pretty much a waste of time.
 
2012-06-09 01:41:05 AM
I expected the five to be

1. Puerto Rico
2. Virgin Islands
3. American Samoa
4. Guam
5. Northern Mariana Islands

Alas, the article only brought up Puerto Rico.

It's almost as though, despite nationalistic chest-thumping about being the mostest free country in the universe that seeks to spread liberty to all lands, the US is actually just an old school empire that refuses to either free or embrace colonies acquired by force.
 
2012-06-09 01:41:46 AM
Neither DC nor Puerto Rico will ever become a state. DC would require a constitutional amendment, and even if you can get that, Congress has to pass an act admitting the states to the Union. Given that Puerto Rico and DC would both be likely Democratic states (DC especially), the Republicans would certainly filibuster to prevent the addition of 2 Democratic Senators + Congressmen.
 
2012-06-09 01:42:09 AM

Gulper Eel: Winning: How about we split Texas into 2 or 3 states? That state has too much power.

So give them six senators instead of two? You might get one Democrat out of the lot - and it would be that gibbering old hen Sheila Jackson Lee.


The Mexican-American War was an attempt to do just that. The idea was to give the southern slave states room to grow and create new states to either maintain the balance of power or shift it. They wrapped up the whole thing in a lot of flag waving and propaganda to sell the war to the American public (sound familiar?). Abraham Lincoln was a vocal member of the opposition who's political career was essentially destroyed by negative press and mudslinging. Lincoln's career, and that of many other northern Whigs, didn't recover until he joined an entirely new political party.
 
2012-06-09 01:42:32 AM
It is possible for Puerto Rico to become a state. It has happened before that a U.S. territory has become a state. The only problem that I can see is that Puerto Rico is mostly spanish speaking, meaning that either the rest of the U.S. would have to officially switch to a bilingual status like Canada (English and French on all products) or Puerto Rico would have to adapt to being part of a mostly english speaking nation.

New York City, not a chance.

DC shouldn't happen.

Cuba, I honestly would put Virgin Islands, Greenland and Mexico before Cuba. Virgin Islands is already half U.S. Territory, half British, so that makes it 1000 times more likely than Cuba. It would take wars to make Greenland and Mexico U.S. states, so that should tell you just how likely I see Cuba gaining U.S. statehood. And why I mention Greenland is that when I was in Denmark 12 years ago I asked my Danish girlfriend about Greenland. She told me that the attitude over there is that they want to secede from Denmark and join either with the U.S. or Canada because they feel closer to those nations than to Denmark. So at least Greenland as apart of Canada or the U.S. is more likely than Cuba.

And the U.K.??? Are you kidding me? The identity of the United Kingdom isn't fading and seriously, you think that the country that went to war to keep the U.S. under it's dominion is going to become a U.S. state??? The likelihood of this happening isn't zero, it's comical.
 
2012-06-09 01:47:14 AM

Paris1127: GreenAdder: No mention of Michigan's upper peninsula?

That might be a Superior idea...

I don't know if Congress would want to let Puerto Rico become a state (its own citizens notwithstanding), as its population is entirely Spanish-speaking (respect are country and all), and having a state in the Caribbean could allow for easier illegal immigration. That being said, I think it'd be nice to have some new states. Upper Michigan is one idea, Puerto Rico another. If people insist on keeping 50, then we'll get rid of states as we add them. Bye Arizona! Mexico really missed you!


Congress wouldn't really have a choice about Puerto Rico. I mean, technically they always have a choice, but both parties have had Puerto Rico self-determination in their platform for a couple decades now, pretty much guaranteeing that if they want to be a State, they will be.

ongbok: TwistedIvory: What about Guam and the Virgin Islands?

If anything those would be the two that would be most welcoming statehood. Rico, no.


I dunno .Puerto Rico has been moving more and more toward a statehood majority in the last 20 years. I think this August might finally be the deciding vote, and I think it'll go toward statehood. Guam and the Virgin Islands want statehood, but both are a little small. They'd be the smallest states if they got statehood, and most of Congress doesn't want to give Senators to such small populations.
 
2012-06-09 01:48:56 AM

Great Janitor: It is possible for Puerto Rico to become a state. It has happened before that a U.S. territory has become a state. The only problem that I can see is that Puerto Rico is mostly spanish speaking, meaning that either the rest of the U.S. would have to officially switch to a bilingual status like Canada (English and French on all products) or Puerto Rico would have to adapt to being part of a mostly english speaking nation.


The U.S. does not have a national language, so no.
 
2012-06-09 01:51:12 AM

Stile4aly: Given that Puerto Rico and DC would both be likely Democratic states (DC especially), the Republicans would certainly filibuster to prevent the addition of 2 Democratic Senators + Congressmen.


See:

NobleHam: Congress wouldn't really have a choice about Puerto Rico. I mean, technically they always have a choice, but both parties have had Puerto Rico self-determination in their platform for a couple decades now, pretty much guaranteeing that if they want to be a State, they will be.

 
2012-06-09 01:52:20 AM
If I was chatting with the author....

Number. His suggestion: My Response.

1.Puerto Rico: Okay, yeah. I've thought that for years now.

2. New York City: Interesting, I like the discussion. Maybe, I could see that.

3. The District of Columbia: Again, worth a discussion.

4. Cuba: Uh.... What?

5. The United Kingdom: CALL YOUR DOCTOR! YOU HAD A STROKE!!!
 
2012-06-09 01:52:52 AM

NobleHam: Great Janitor: It is possible for Puerto Rico to become a state. It has happened before that a U.S. territory has become a state. The only problem that I can see is that Puerto Rico is mostly spanish speaking, meaning that either the rest of the U.S. would have to officially switch to a bilingual status like Canada (English and French on all products) or Puerto Rico would have to adapt to being part of a mostly english speaking nation.

The U.S. does not have a national language, so no.


Officially, no. But when part of becoming a citizen is learning english, it's evident that English is the national language.
 
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