Uncommon Sense

October 4, 2022

Our National Motto

As many of you know E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One) is the traditional motto of the United States, appearing on the Great Seal of the United States (its inclusion on the seal was approved in an act of the U.S. Congress in 1782). While its status as national motto was for many years unofficial, E Pluribus Unum was considered the de facto motto of the United States from its early history. Eventually, the U.S. Congress passed an act in 1956 (H. J. Resolution 396), adopting “In God We Trust” as the official motto.

As you probably also know “In God We Trust” was promoted by President Dwight Eisenhower to combat godless communism. Well, anybody see any communism around any more? No? Apparently that campaign worked and it is time to go back to our original national motto. (Hey, maybe we can get the Supreme Court to chime it! They are big fans of “history” and “original intent.”)

“Out of many, one” speaks volumes. It refers to the states welded into a country, the United States. It speaks of the myriad different voices in this country, which are mixed together to make one voice. And myriad peoples: Protestants, Catholics, Germans, Irish, English, men, women, Black, White, and Brown and on and on merged into one body politic.

“In God We Trust” is idiotic. If this were so, would we expect this God to protect us? (Think about how well it did for the Jews during the Holocaust.) If so, we could dismantle all of the armed forces. Think of the money we would save! Do we expect this god to unite us? Which of the 45,000 sects of Christianity would become “the One”? (Actually, there aren’t that many in the U.S., only several hundred.) Can we expect this god to protect us from predatory capitalists? If so, it is doing a shitty job of that. Just what can we “trust” this God for? Anything? Apparently not. It doesn’t even protect His Christians from the rampant persecution claimed by the evangelicals in this country, how can we expect it to protect us all?


1 Comment »

  1. Moreover, it didn’t protect (at last count) 101 Floridians from the recent hurricane …


    Comment by Nan — October 4, 2022 @ 3:02 pm | Reply

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