This Week’s Poll!
“Is God God? Or is man God? In God do we trust, or in man do we trust?” –Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)
Three cheers for an irate Obama ripping into Congress for wasting precious time on the utterly useless debate about whether “In God We Trust” should be re-affirmed, yet again, as our national motto. Do the conservatives in Congress seriously think there aren’t more important things to do?
As for the phrase itself, we actually would welcome an honest debate about its use as our national motto — if the conclusion weren’t foregone that Congress will never challenge the dubious assertion by the courts that “In God We Trust” is merely “ceremonial Deism” and not an official endorsement of religion. And if there weren’t infinitely more urgent things for Congress to talk about.
While a variation of the phrase dates back to one of the more obscure verses in “The Star-Spangled Banner” and first appeared on U.S. currency during the American Civil War, it wasn’t adopted as our national motto until the McCarthy-era 1950s. It has been reaffirmed as our motto in both 2002 and 2006. It stands in no danger of being forgotten. Certainly not by the GOP’s big bankrollers, who can see it every time they whip a million-dollar bill out of their wallets.
Is this the GOP’s “Let them eat cake” moment? Are they truly so out of touch? “You’ve been debating a commemorative coin for baseball,” Obama told them. “You’ve had legislation reaffirming that ‘In God We Trust’ is our motto. That’s not putting people back to work.” Indeed it is not. As for an answer to that question posed by Rep. Franks, its seems our trust in man is hugely misplaced.
Since these jackasses are showing no signs of getting anything at all done anytime soon, they must have spent a lot of time thinking about other mottos before circling back to the one they already had. So we’re wondering: What other mottos do YOU think the GOP considered for our troubled country?
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