Like father, like son.
Ricardo Rosselló is the son of Puerto Rico’s former Gov. Pedro Rosselló, whose administration resulted in the imprisonment of 40 top level advisors and cabinet members in the 1990s for stealing hundreds of millions of dollars.
The son, the current governor of Puerto Rico, is now facing calls to resign from a cross-section of Puerto Ricans after unforgivable scandals that reflect his supreme incompetence and lack of morality and regard for human rights.
- Hurricane María in September 2017 revealed his ineptitude. Post hurricane revealed his evil, when he denied multiple times that thousands had died because the electrical system was broken, which meant that hospitals and clinics could not treat patients for ongoing chronic health issues nor emergencies. This denial, from the son of a corrupt governor who was also a pediatric surgeon, is almost unspeakable cruelty. No tiene nombre.
Uninformed people say the hurricane destroyed Puerto Rico. Informed people know history, and so know that decades of neglect and corruption – starting with Rosselló senior’s violations of the Puerto Rico Constitution in borrowing more from Wall Street than we could possibly repay — yes, we actually have a constitutional section about not borrowing more than we can repay — law , upending the public health care system, planting the poisonous seeds to destroy public education as a bridge to college or other vocations – left the island lethally vulnerable to hurricanes and stupidity. In a recent chat on Telegram, the son asked his communications team to bury the stories about the number of people who have been assassinated.
To this day, not all the dead from the hurricane have been buried because many have remained unidentified and their bodies are in refrigerators truck containers.
Fortunately, the junior’s bros were inept at sweeping under the rug the story of the thousands who died.
- Last week, top level Cabinet members were arrested for misappropriation of funds. Specifically, giving their friends and themselves lucrative government contracts.
- This week, Rosselló Jr. and like-minded advisors and members of his Cabinet and contracted friends revealed their wretched souls to the world when through more than 800 pages of a Telegram app chat room they used words like “whore” and homophobic remarks to characterize those they do not like, not on Facebook not in the real world. The complete chat is available here
These band of brothers, as junior calls his pals to whom he gave important positions that require, at minimum, maturity, are misogynistic, homophobic, corrupt, schemers of lies and personal attacks against leaders of their own pro-statehood party and others. They are what ails Puerto Rico more than broken water pipes and downed electrical lines.
These boys are empty vessels with holes in their moral pockets that can only be filled with taxpayer money – that is, taxpayers in Puerto Rico and here in the United States.
Junior has never even looked at a Help Wanted ad in his life. He comes from a wealthy family that hands over jobs to the next generation whether they show capacity to do the job of not. Junior’s brother Jay made partner in two months at a Virginia law firm, just days after the firm received contracts from Puerto Rico with federal taxpayer money.
The sons are as morally corrupt as the father. They believe they are entitled to take whatever they want from whomever they want. And what they and their friends take is money from the poor people in Puerto Rico, who need public health care, public schools, public transportation and all the rest to get to a place where they can have better economic opportunities. But the Rosselló family also destroys the very government entities that were founded to help the poor and sick, even as they promise they are fixing problems within those systems.
The Rosselló mafia stole money from the AIDS Institute in the 1990s – money that was to help people with AIDS. They stole money from public education – money that was to buy books, launch innovative programs, fix schools. If there’s a major government agency that they did not steal from, please let me know. They stole money from you and me, from taxpayers and the poor alike.
The scope of their corruption and greed is unconscionable.
Puerto Rico, my Puerto Rico, is a gorgeous place with hard-working people who have been fooled over and over again. We are ever hopeful, ever forgiving. I hope that this time, though, we collectively agree: ¡Basta ya!
The boy’s club is a den for sentiments of misogyny and homophobia. It is a centuries-old problem and worldwide. But here, I am talking about my Puerto Rico. Growing, we would advised by well-meaning family and friends simply turn away from human rights violations. “Just don’t pay attention to them,’ they told us, as they themselves had been told by their own elders. Don’t pay attention to your oppressor? How does that lead to liberation from oppression. #MeToo #BastaYa #DerechosHumanos
Fortunately, we are wiser finally.
But we have to get rid of these despicable people. They are relentless in their pursuit of power and self-congratulatory celebrations. A few years ago, the University of Massachusetts was set to give Rosselló senior an honorary degree – until public outcry pushed the UMass Chancellor to rescind the award. The award was the brainchild of a former UMass academic tool Jorge Haddock, who later was appointed by Rosselló junior to lead what was once the prestigious University of Puerto Rico. In the 1990s, under Rosselló senior, the beloved educational system was politicized at the highest levels, from its board of trustees to its deans.
Imagine if UMass’s chancellor were Education Secretary Betsy Vos. All the bright minds and astonishing researchers would suddenly find themselves at the mercy of a truly stupid leader. That would be intolerable.
In Puerto Rico, decades of corruption have worn down the electorate to such a degree that now people accept some forms of corruption, whereas before, even a whiff of it caused quick dismissals.
Rosselló junior himself has not put in an honest day’s work until he was elected governor in 2016, with the lowest amount of votes ever, 650,000. Not even losing gubernatorial candidates from the two major parties had ever received so few votes from an island where almost 2 million vote.
As the son of a lucky thief who has yet to be caught, junior had name recognition and connections to the party machine. Other than that, he was appointed to positions at two universities — Ana G. Méndez where his father deposited his papers from his two terms as governor, and the University of Puerto Rico and did not show up for work but was paid. After public outcry, his contract was finally canceled.
As a candidate, he was fortunate to have the gravitas of a respected former House speaker as a running mate, Jenniffer González, now in the US Congress as a non-voting delegate. She received more than 50,000 more votes than junior. She has also called his resignation this week.
As have religious leaders, party colleagues and a growing number of voters.
Maybe this time, the Rosselló mafia will finally be ousted for what they are, and end up in prison for corruption in which millions of dollars were stolen, and thousands of lives lost.