Emmet Montgomery Reily did not have much of a resume. He had been assistant postmaster of Kansas City, Missouri…but this was enough for Pres. Warren Harding to appoint him as Governor of Puerto Rico.
The trouble started almost immediately. Before he was even sworn in, Reily had already informed the insular press that:
His inauguration speech went even further, with Reily proclaiming that:
In lengthy letters to Pres. Harding, Reily wrote: “Every Porto Rican politician carries a pistol,” and “Porto Ricans are children,” and “they cannot be trusted.”
Unfortunately, it was Reily who could not be trusted. He got caught appointing his family and friends from Kansas City, to top jobs in the Puerto Rican government. “This is most embarrassing,” wrote Congressman Horace Mann Towner to President Harding.
The embarrassment grew when Reily got caught stealing from the Puerto Rico Treasury, and was forced to pay it back.
Reporters called him “filth,” “thief,” and numerous obscenities. Within four months, Reily became so detested that on Nov. 21, 1921 he ran out of the S.S. Tanamo yelling:
“There’s a fire on the ship! They’re trying to kill me!”
According to Reily, an “infernal machine” had been secreted in the bowels of the S.S. Tanamo by a Puerto Rican patriot, in order to sink the ship and kill the governor.
S.S. Tanamo, the ship with Reily’s “infernal machine”
No one ever found the “infernal machine,” but the governor now became the laughing stock of Puerto Rico. The entire island started calling him Moncho Reyes.
In Puerto Rico, the word “Moncho” means mongoloid idiot.
Suckling pigs called Moncho Reyes, were barbecued and devoured.
Songs and plays about Moncho Reyes were performed throughout the island.
When an entire island is laughing at its colonial governor, that governor has outlived their usefulness. It is impossible to subjugate people who are laughing at you.
Moncho Reyes tendered his letter of resignation on February 16, 1923.
After the Teapot Dome Scandal, the colonial administration of Emmet Montgomomery Reily, aka Moncho Reyes, was the greatest scandal of Warren Harding’s presidency.
Fe de Errata: Debiera decir “down” en vez de “dawn”.
“Moncho” es el apodo que mas se ha utilizado en P.R. para llamar a las personas con nombre Ramon. Nunca se ha usado despectivamente y mucho menos con el significado que le atribuye el autor de mogoloide idiota o idiota mongoloide dependiendo la sintaxis que se use al traducirse. De hecho el termino “mongoloide” ha caido en desuso por ser considerado peyorativo y discriminatorio en contra las personas que padecen Sindrome de Dawn.
Para ilustrar el punto del rechazo y repudio del Pueblo a Montgomery Reilly, no hacia ni hace falta darle estas connotaciones al apodo de Moncho. Basta con establecer que fue un abuso de discrecion del Presidente Harding el nombrarlo Gobernador de P.R.., que peor no pudo haber sido y que por ello, en su gran sabiduria el Pueblo termino poniendole el apodo de Moncho Reyes, puertorriquennizando asi su nombre, pero con la mayor de las ironias y en tono sarcastico, obviamente.
En cuanto a lo demas, el articulo al igual que los anteriores y el libro, son motivo para felicitar al autor quien se ha preocupado por demitificar tantos mitos sobre los estadounidoamericanos en P.R. Gracias!
He came, he saw, he conquered, and he ran squealing like the pig he was.
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Emmet Montgomery Reily —- “Moncho Reyes”! Pres. Warren Harding to appoint him as Governor of Puerto Rico. Bad idea ….. the laughing stock!!