With so so many problems facing our foundering nation these days, it must be incredibly difficult, as a legislator, to decide where to direct our congressional resources.
Should our elected representatives focus on the crushing unemployment our economic middle and lower classes are experiencing? Should it keep its gaze fixed resolutely upon our skyrocketing national debt? What about our flagging educational system? Our addiction to foreign-bought fossil fuels? Our military presence in the Middle East? The ever-increasing disgust being expressed by the populist uprising on our city streets? Should Congress do anything about any of those things?
Or should it maybe just pass a non-binding GOP-sponsored resolution that our already-agreed-upon national motto "In God We Trust" is still super nifty and we all really like it forever and ever amen? Probably that last one is the way to go…
The concurrent resolution, sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), would not have the force of law, but instead is aimed at "supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions."
The bill briefly outlines the history of government references to God, and adds in that "if religion and morality are taken out of the market-place of ideas, the very freedom on which the United States was founded cannot be secured."
Oh, wow! I have never heard it put quite so eloquently before. "Religion and morality" obviously can't be taken out of "the market-place of ideas." Whatever that means exactly, it would be totally crazy? Can you even imagine our "market-place of ideas" without "religion and morality"? I can't! And only partially because I don't quite know what that means. But it totally rings true!
But, of course, not everybody can see these clear and obvious abstractions with such impeccable clarity…
Democrats argued that at a time of high unemployment and a record-high budget deficit, it makes little sense to spend time on what could be a divisive bill.
"Instead of addressing any of these critical issues, and instead of working to help American families keep a roof over their heads and food on their tables, we are debating whether or not to affirm and proliferate a motto that was adopted in 1956 and that is not imperiled in any respect," they wrote in the committee report accompanying the bill.
But, don't you see? That's exactly the point. Back when President Dwight D. Eisenhower and the 84th U.S. Congress officially replaced the unofficially-adopted "E Pluribus Unum" with "In God We Trust" as our national motto, their intent was clear: To draw a distinction between us (morally-upright, God-fearing Americans) and them (godless Communist Soviet scum).
And this resolution is pretty much doing the same thing, with a minor tweak: To draw a distinction between us (morally-upright, God-fearing Republicans) and them (godless Communist Democrat scum).
"[I]nstead of working to help American families keep a roof over their heads and food on their tables…" What kind of socialist nonsense is that? Hahaha! The Democrats are playing right into their trap!
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Tags: Bill of Rights, Dwight Eisenhower, House of Representatives, Religion, Republicans