The United States of Dakota.

Hola a todos. As mi amigo/my friend says: There are at least two things that need to happen in the US, but of course they won’t.

The US needs to adopt a name for its country, rather than continuing to steal the name “America” which is the name of the entire hemisphere where Canada, México and Argentina are located, as three examples.

With the other countries located within the hemisphere, they have one name for their country. All the US could come up with was the “United States of [the hemisphere] America.” Other countries have “United States” in their countries as well, but that’s not the name of the country. The “United States” is not a name. México knew that. The official name of México is the “United Mexican States” (en español/in Spanish: Estados Unidos Mexicanos), since México is a federation of thirty-two states. But they call their country México, not “America,” even though México is also in the hemisphere called America.

So how about naming the US “Dakota.” The United States of Dakota. Why Dakota? Because Dakota was a sub-tribe of the Sioux people of First Nations’s peoples in North America.

Representatives and Senators, not “Congress(wo)man” and Senators.

And the other thing mi amigo says needs to be changed is: Come up with one word that the politicians in the US House of Representatives will from henceforth and forever more call themselves. Since “Representatives” doesn’t seem to work because they themselves don’t often use it. They refer to themselves as “Congress(wo)man.” Both Representatives and Senators are technically “Congressmen/women” because they’re all in the Congress, but oddly the “Congress(wo)man” term is only used for the Representatives in the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives is a mess. Those politicians don’t even know what to call themselves.

Whenever I see an article referring to the politicians of the US House of Representatives as Representative(s), I want to thank the writer of the article. I notice that these Representatives – which is their official title in the House (as in Representative Pelosi) – also struggle to use their official title and refer to themselves as “Congress(wo)man.” Mi amigo says he sees “Congressman” used often and especially for women.

Of course Senators are never referred to in the same way. Only Representatives. I do not understand the disconnect. Senators don’t have any problem referring to themselves as what they are: Senators, even though the Senate is part of Congress so they too should be called “Congress[man/woman] if one were using the sloppy language consistently.

Why do the Representatives have a problem referring to themselves as Representatives, rather than the sloppy “Congress[man/woman]?”

They’re all in the Congress (both Representatives and Senators).

I can’t think of any other aspects of government where people are called something other than their official title. This really makes no sense.

The point is not whether to call Representatives “Congress(wo)man” or “Congressperson.” They shouldn’t be called either. Call them their official title: REPRESENTATIVES.

Most people will likely say it doesn’t matter and rush to defend the sloppy “Congress(wo)man” language. Might that be because they use it too and it would disturb their comfort level to change their own behaviour?

I also hear this sloppy language from people sitting at microphones, such as conservative-looking Amy Goodman and others.

Most progressives and most liberals have become a shell of their former selves.

It used to be that progressives cared about language and were very careful about the language they used – that’s how PC language began to begin with – but these days that mostly seems to have been abandoned, and things are back to the outdated way they once were. Chau.—el barrio rosa