First they came for my freedom- fries that is. The trend of renaming things to make them more American centric continues. A famous case was congress renaming French fries "Freedom Fries" to protest the French pulling out of Iraq. Now, a Mississippi Democrat has introduced a bill that would rename the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf of America,
It should be said however, that Rep. Steve Holland meant it as a sarcastic joke and social commentary. It drew a lot of media attention and even drew protests from a lot of Latino groups.
Holland says that the statement he wanted to make was that people usually see things in a very high level. The ridiculousness of his bill was meant to make people reflect on that and bring issues like illegal immigration down to a more human level.
"I did it to rebut all those damn Republicans down there who want to run illegal immigrants out of the state, and drug-test welfare people who can't help being on welfare," he said. "What I was doing is showing that we need to be serious and more sensitive about how we approach our responsibilities, and need to think about the human level of the things," he said.
However, for those keeping count, the United States does have a longer coast line on the Gulf than Mexico does. However, that is what the territory looks like now, and not like it looked when it was originally named. The whole coast used to be Mexican