posted on Nov, 22 2012 @ 06:50 PM
Mexican President Felipe Calderon, whose six-year term comes to an end next week, said he’s sending Congress a constitutional amendment to
change the nation’s name to one that reminds people less of the United States.
“The current name of our country is the result of a historical moment,” Calderon said in a speech at the presidential residence of Los Pinos.
“It was a product of circumstance that no longer exists. Mexico doesn’t need a name that emulates another country and that none of us use on a
The country's formal name is Estados Unidos Mexicanos but few people know it by that name, nor are even aware of it, it would seem. Perhaps it would
be more appropriate to change its name to its more simple and common form, Mexico, as most of the world already knows it by. This would be very much
like changing the name of the United States of America to just America, but referring to the US in that manner often raises objections, though it
perhaps should not.
By referring to the US as America many would jump up to exclaim, "Canada is also in America! Brazil and Argentina likewise are in America!" We
frequently think of America as a set of continents in the western hemisphere. Almost correct, the continents are known as North and South America. If
we are advised to call America the "United States" to be more accurate then that can also be confused with the United States of Mexico, so the best
way to be correct would be to call the US by its full name The United States of America. But why not just "America"? It is the only country that uses
"America" in its official name, thus by rights we should be able to call it just that, not unlike Mexico being called "Mexico." Canada did not name
itself the United Provinces of America or any such thing, nor had any other country on these continents elected to use "America" in their names
either. So let's call a spade a spade.
edit on 22-11-2012 by Erongaricuaro because: (no reason given)