Crisis Averted — U.S. Motto Still “In God We Trust”

Everyone can now breathe a sigh of relief — the United States Congress has come to our rescue and solved the biggest issue facing our nation.

No, not unemployment.  Nope, not the housing market’s tumble.  And no, not income inequity, rising cost of living, climate change, depleting oil reserves, rampant speculation on commodities, the crumbling infrastructure, the cost of health care and unaffordable insurance, our declining schools, the growing problem of unintended pregnancy, the increasing spread of STIs, growing numbers of extinct species, deforestation, air pollution, carcinogens in our water, e coli and salmonella outbreaks, rising crime rates and the growing number of food insecure residents in the country.

Nope.  But “In God We Trust” has been reaffirmed as our national motto.

The House voted 396 to 9 to confirm that the phrase, which was first passed as the national motto in the 1950s, was still the motto.  According the bill sponsor, Republican Congressman Randy Forbes, the vote was necessary to “firmly declare our trust in God, believing that it will sustain us for generations to come.”

Politico adds, “Passing the resolution ‘provided clarity amidst a cloud of confusion about our nation’s spiritual heritage and offered inspiration to an American people that face challenges of historic proportion,’ said Forbes in a statement released after the vote.”

It also cost over $200,000 in floor costs and lawmaker salaries, according to Roll Call.

 

 

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376 comments

Christina B.
Christina B7 years ago

In God we trust.

All others pay cash.


The fact that moronic, miniscule-minded politicians are not particular to my country, Greece, is both relieving and scary. At least, our religiously-crazed politicians are (still) a minority, but your Republican party is one of the two biggest political parties in the US.

How did things go so wrong?

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Michael C.
Michael C7 years ago

DO, I have for so long wanted to ask you a question...but it seemed so personal. How much do they pay you for each of the souls that you bring to the devil?

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Michael C.
Michael C7 years ago

Diane O, Welcome back, many of us thought that you had died fighting to kill Freedom and Democracy for the your bosses, the Koch Bros.
As the disinformation officer for the jewish right, do you find comfort ushering the innocent into the crematorium of your mind?

Hey, DO, I have noticed that you have a near perfect record, 99% of the time that you attempt to insult the intelligence of others, is between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00pm, perhaps your handlers only pay you for those hours while at work, somewhere near your home in Virginia.

Could be due to your close proximity to Langley, I could not find any Koch Bros. offices in the area. They appear to all be in Georgetown, maybe that is due to the fact that is best summed up in the words of Willie Sutton..."because that is where the money is."

How was it in the trenches? Did you knock off a lot of lefties? Those little bastards deserve a good beating. What do you have in store for them? Who's next those 99%ers, those losers, such anti-American beliefs. To think do they actually think that they have rights, Shame on them!

Just imagine, some American shumck, down on his or her dumb luck, demanding a renewal of freedom and democracy. Those ingrates, there ought to be a law. Maybe your friends, on the extreme right, can pass a new law, something under the Patriot Act.

Diane, I have for so long wanted to ask you a question...but it seemed so personal. How much do they pay you for each of the souls that you b

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Shan D.
Shan D7 years ago

"What IS important is the republican base that is alive and well here on Care 2. Don't be a "lurker." We need your voice out here to engage in real debate. Our country needs you to stand tall and we need your input. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. - Diane -

You sound like either a candidate or a candidate's flunkey. You're not here to engage in debate - you're here to engage in rhetoric that is often contradictory, as others more knowledgeable than I have pointed out.

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Shan D.
Shan D7 years ago

"To all...I don't have a cintilla of interest if you believe in God or not...it simply isn't important to me." - Diane -

Oh, dear, Diane. *shakes head* If you were really a good Christian, you *would* have a scintilla of interest if people believe in God or not. Aren't you supposed to be gallivanting around, converting people, as part of your Christian duty?

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Joanne R.
Joanne R7 years ago

I didn't hear that, "In God We Trust," was endangered. Unfortunately! How many jobs did the Republicans create with that act?

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Lin Penrose
Lin Penrose7 years ago

I do not believe in a god or ess. I would be committing perjury if asked "Do I swear I'm telling the truth etc., while someone puts my hand on a bible. The "In God We Trust" was added during a time the U.S. was in terror over communism, as a psycological move for America's citizens. More evil has been committed in the name of a god than just about anything humans have done to this earth and All the inhabitants. Now, the phrase is being used by the so-called Moral Majority, many of whom are republicans in this country, to gain or maintain control over as many masses as they can gather for very short term goals. The same can be said in slightly different descripions in most countries.

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Mark Sebree
Mark Sebree7 years ago

Carole P.

Japan comes to mind. High Tech, opportunities including teaching English, high speed rails, outdoor hot springs, beautiful country, main religions are "non-Exclusive" in that you can belong to multiple religions without conflict, main religions are Buddhism, Shintoism, and Hinduism, with Christianity accounting for only about 2% of the population.

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Carole Pollack
Carole Pollack7 years ago

I am searching for another country that allows its people to believe or not believe.

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Patrick F.
Patrick f7 years ago

"In God we trust" suggests that the people shouldn't take any responsibility and just let God do it all. Ya, keep praying, I am sure God will be right down to accommodate YOU.

If they should change it, it should have been "In America we trust"

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