We're living through the annual season of flag waving these days. Independence from Spain, independence from Colombia, National Flag day, Grito de los Santos - a hollow state needs to compensate one way or the other.
For example, despite all the nationalistic proud of Panama crap flying around, the sad truth is that they can't even get their own coat of arms right in this country.
Remember the passports? Just a month ago, it turned out that our fearless authorities had printed 60,000 passports with the wrong coat of arms on it. All acted surprised. Minister Mendez apologized - the only time a member of the Mentirelli government ever apologized for anything.
After a healthy dose of blame game, the director of the passport office resigned. Then we had some discussion about that maybe the mistake wasn't a mistake or at least not illegal. No way they were going to recall the passports with the fake coat of arms, though. In Panama, you could in fact print your own passport and do a better job than the government!
And now this! The registro publico, where you register your corporations, foundations and floating rust buckets, decided that with the Patriot Days in full swing, they had to decorate their building with flags and the national coat of arms.
Reportedly, they fixed the thing in place with chewing gum.
Panama. Don't believe what they tell you. It is not a real country.
As Otto would say: Mojitos served!