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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

House of Representatives has passed a non-binding resolution

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a non-binding resolution reaffirming “In God We Trust” as the national motto. It was approved 396-9, with 2 abstentions. What did this accomplish?

This has been the official motto of the United States of America, as established in a 1956 law signed by President Dwight D Eisenhower. The 1956 law was the first establishment of an official motto for the country, although E Pluribus Unum ("from many, one") had been adopted by Act of Congress in 1782 and had been used on coins and paper money since 1795. Due to these acts and uses, it had thus been unofficially considered to be the country's motto.

Did this resolution change anything regarding our motto? Why no, it did not. Did it help with our economy, our unemployment rate, our debt, the wars we have been fighting, our crumbling infrastructure or any of the numerous problems facing our country? The answer is no.

So, other than try to portray themselves as devout Christians and pander to the religious zealots in this country, what exactly did this accomplish? Not a damn thing.

Before this was was our official motto, how did the country fare? Well, we were able to win a war of independence, fight a civil war and prevent the country was being divided into two separate nations, fight and win two world wars and work our way out of a national depression. Perhaps there are other factors to the success of a country than lip service to mythical deities.

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