Assuming the combination of all kinds of distinct possible alternatives grabbed a slight majority, the second referendum would offer only two choices - statehood or independence. How very clever, bearing in mind that most Puerto Ricans are proud of their United States citizenship and comfortable with the advantages of the relationship! So the majority, having no third choice, would vote for statehood.

Of course, such a vote would not be binding, inasmuch as no entity, Puerto Rico or otherwise, could vote itself into statehood. However, agitation and the “popular will” would ensue. Doubtless those pushing Puerto Rican statehood would combine with the liberals who want two Democratic United States Senators and one Democratic Representative in Congress from the District of Columbia. (The District has a far higher percentage of Democratic Presidential votes than any State - and it’s consistently Democratic.) Those advocating Puerto Rican statehood probably also would combine with the “Native Hawaiian” quasi-nationhood movement.

Will another State or its equivalent and another quasi-nation sneak in?

When the media does not focus upon it, one never knows what strange and unprecedented departures from American history and government lurk amid the almost 3,900 bills introduced in the 110th Congress.