Today congress passed, 369-9, a resolution to reaffirm that The United States Of America's national motto is "In God We Trust."
If you have to wonder how I feel about this, you don't know me well.
For starters, there's the fact that this is unconstitutional. The first amendment BEGINS with "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion..." What could be MORE against the first amendment than declaring that the national motto of this country should be "In God We Trust"?
Worse still, the representative who wrote the resolution, Randy Forbes from Virginia, said that his reason for doing so was that people, including President Obama, were mistakingly thinking that our motto was "E Pluribus Unum". Heaven forbid. It would be a national tragedy if Americans were to believe that "Out Of Many; One" was a better motto for our country. A message of unity is unfitting, thinks Randy Forbes. We need one that reinforces a divisive, slavish devotion to an ancient fictitious character.
Because clearly there's nothing else more important that Congress could be using their time for. Clearly, it is absolutely vital to remind people of the correct national motto (which was adopted in 1956, by the way). It's not as if we're fighting two wars, or facing massive unemployment, or if there are nationwide protests against corporate gluttony, or if the current state of the world economy exactly parallels the leadup to the Great Depression. It's not as if censorship, gay marriage and execution are controversial topics whose laws deserve to be reexamined. No. Congress has nothing better to do than this.
Is it any wonder their approval rating is 9%?
But beyond the hideous hypocrisy and stunning inappropriateness, this was an act of mean-spiritedness too. To claim that "In God We Trust" is an idea so important that we must cement it a credo that we hold above all else, is to spit in the faces of every American citizen who does not belive in "God". Not just atheists and agnostics, but people whose religions place their faith elsewhere. Buddhists, Hindus, Wiccans, American Indians and more have been insulted today. We've been told, 'You don't matter. You're not real Americans.'
Well FUCK YOU, America.
I wouldn't trust God if my life depended on it. And yet I am still your citizen. And I love you.
...Even when you act like a stupid, petty bastard.
7 years ago
03 Nov 2011 00:37 CET