How to kill a couple of birds with one stone. There are moves afoot to change the official name of Mexico. And I think, while they are at it, they could make a few other improvements. Restore the monarchy for one. Yes, yes, as a Brit I’m used to monarchies. Americans might feel a little uneasy at the idea. But there are some pros, and few cons.
On Wednesday night, when President Calderon took the flag and walked to the balcony to meet the crowd, the language turned blue. Very blue. Politicians are always a figure of hate. Kings, Queens and Emperors in a modern, non political context, are much less so. Some people would rather see a Republic, and dislike the monarchy, but there just isn’t that widespread, passionate hatred of the individual. Give the Grito to a new Emperor!
This would also help to sort out the new name of the country. The word Imperial must be in there. Throw in Republic too, to keep that section of the population happy. Contradictory? Confusing? Yes, yes. And thus an excellent name for the new Mexico! foreign visitors can ponder the name for a moment as they fill out the customs declaration form, and come to an understanding about where they’re about to set foot!
So, who for Emperor? Perhaps the country wants a real fighter. Julio Cesar Chavez, maybe. Or ‘people person’…Lydia Cacho? Perhaps, perhaps. But bear in mind, whoever is chosen, their mug will grace all the banknotes and coins. I’m looking at the new 500 peso note – I got my hands on my first one this evening, scanned it and posted it below. Diego Rivera. Not the prettiest sight to lay your eyes on. My mind is made up. Arise Empress Ximena the First! Money will never have looked so good!