Mexico’s president: drop the United States


Mexico’s outgoing President Felipe Calderon. AFP FILE PHOTO

MEXICO CITY— Nothing against the neighbors, really. Mexico’s outgoing President Felipe Calderon has suggested that the United States of Mexico change its name to, well, just plain Mexico.

“It is time for us Mexicans to reclaim the beauty and simplicity of our country’s name: Mexico. A name we chant, we sing, that fills us with joy and pride,” Calderon said last week, in the waning days of his term.

Mexico, which means Navel of the Moon in the indigenous Nahuatl language, was called the Mexican Empire after independence from Spain in 1821.

But since 1824, it has been called the United States of Mexico, its federalist model copied from the United States’ next door.

Calderon said it was time for Mexico to stop imitating other nations as it did back in the 19th century.

But his idea has spawned widespread criticism.

“A president who really was not able to change the country for the better … in the end said, OK, if we can’t really change it, let’s change its name,” historian Lorenzo Meyer told local media.

Around the turn of the 20th century, then president Porfirio Diaz lamented: “Poor Mexico, so far from God and so close to the United States,” its North American neighbor, which took much of its former territory.

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  • paul

    thus, will it solve the drug cartel problem n your country?

    • Badudels

      it will prosper more…..

  • Ghost

    The words “united” and “states” are common words…and yet still a big deal out there..
    What about the “Philippines”? Its from King Philip II of Spain.

    • Noel

      United States of the Philippines.

      • Simoun Magaalahas


  • Noel

    The US should also drop her name America by using only United States.

  • wakeupbayan

    Yes Mr Calderon,,,, time to exit,  for all your term nothing has improved instead everything has worsened,,,,,,, you could have name it the capital producer of cocaine and heroine !! UNITED HEROINE COCAINE OF SOUTH AMERICAS !!! Hahahahahahah!!! Its sad USA your neighbor took all the glory,,,, and they deserve it.  I wish Philippines becomes one of their state(USA) like Hawaii and Alaska.  Look at them now !!! Just look at them. This could have had happened early 1970`s but martial law started.  SAD REALLY SAD !  If nothing is done now, we shall become the next Mexico soon,  criminal capital of the world.

  • $14334231

    nobody addresses mexico with the words united states….so, what’s this BS, el presidente caldero (purposely excluded the “N”)……

  • simonibarra27

    Pinas should be called Catholisia because it is  dictated by CBCP!

  • kurakding

    This President Calderon got nothing to do. This reminds me of one of the Senator who wants to change the name PHILIPPINES to MAHARLIKA….

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