Wednesday, November 2, 2011

"In God We Trust", but we're still going to vote in the primaries

From Roll Call, the unofficial magazine/website/playbook of the United States Congress:

Republicans Shift Focus From Jobs to God

•Oct. 31, 2011, Midnight

Republicans may be trying to focus their messaging on jobs and the economy — and hammering President Barack Obama for campaigning — but they still have time for some red meat base-baiting on the House floor.

To wit: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (Va.) decision to bring to the floor a measure that “reaffirms ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States and supports and encourages the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions,” according to the resolution, sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.).

Just think of it...The Federal Reserve is bankrupting every retiree who did the right thing and set aside some cash.  They're printing money like mad.  They're counterfeiting.  They're evil.  But they will have "In God We Trust" on a massive medallion hanging in the lobby. 

The resolution is one of three measures being considered by the House on Tuesday and is nonbinding.

Cantor’s office declined to comment for this story.

Democrats ridiculed the decision to bring up the measure.

“The last time we checked, ‘In God We Trust’ is the national motto of the United States, adopted in 1956, and China was still getting off scot-free while Republican House leaders refuse to bring up a bipartisan bill to level the playing field for American workers,” said Nadeam Elshami, spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.).

Anytime I find myself siding with Nancy Pelosi's minions, it is going to be a bad day.  I'm calling in sick before the workplace accidents begin. 

Go here for an explanation of the painting.  Dr. Ralph, eat your heart out. 

“How hard is it for the Republican leadership to reaffirm its commitment to the middle class by allowing a vote on the bipartisan China currency legislation that will create more than 1 million jobs? Apparently, they’re just too busy,” Elshami added.

In a statement, Forbes defended bringing the bill to the floor, arguing that Congress needs to directly confront “a disturbing trend of inaccuracies and omissions, misunderstandings of church and state, rogue court challenges, and efforts to remove God from the public domain by unelected bureaucrats.”

Randy Forbes, you ignorant slut.  There are a lot of us who don't want any "gods" leading the charge in your dirty little wars.  We don't want Yahweh, Zeus, Jehovah, Jesus, or Neptune to have any part of Obama's Jobs Bill.  There are no misunderstandings. 
Here's an excerpt from The Treaty Of Tripoli, originated by John Adams (Sr.), unanimously approved by Congress, and then signed into law in 1797:
As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen (Muslims),—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

It really is that simple.  The Founders saw all the wars that began as European religious spats, and decided that they wanted no part of it.  The End.  Full Stop. 
Forbes points to a number of instances that are driving the need for the bill, including Obama referring to E Pluribus Unum as “our” motto and omission of the motto from parts of the Capitol Visitor Center, among others.

“As our nation faces challenging times, it is appropriate for Members of Congress and our nation — like our predecessors — to firmly declare our trust in God, believing that it will sustain us for generations to come,” he added.

Ok, Randy, put up or shut up.  Let's not run anyone against Barack.  Let the Fed keep printing money.  Give ACORN, SEIU, OWS, and the government bureaucracies everything they want. 
Do we have ineffective schools?  Just pray about it. 
Do we have more black men in cages than the Confederacy?  Put it in the Lord's hands. 

Trust in God. 
Somehow, I don't think you want to do that. 


Cedric Katesby said...

There are many things that I envy about America. Lots of good stuff.

However, the unhealthy sway that religious zealots have over a certain political groups is not one of them.
That you can keep all to yourself.

TarrantLibertyGuy said...

I read the explanation of the painting - and thought his apology for misspelling Thomas Paine's name was funny. He actually misspelled his name as Thomas Payne in the apology.

Dr Ralph said...


Consider my heart eaten out!

Proof that Marx was wrong: religion isn't the opiate of the masses, it's the crystal meth.

Nick said...


First, I really don't think you believe there are any bills before Congress that will create one million jobs.

Second, the statement by Adams (which is accurate in its entirety) is not dispositive of a nation founded by deeply religious men with profound faith in God. To put a finer point on it, our founders did NOT create a godless or atheist nation like China. Our government is neither agnostic. Religious philosophy was part and parcel of every fundamental liberty expressed by the political philosophers of the day. Our rights are conferred by God, not Constitutions, they would say if they were here.

Rights founded in the Constitution are rights that can be amended away. But true rights are by their nature inalienable. Quasars don't have rights. Men do.

Nick said...

Love the painting, by the way. I think he gets it just right.

The people on the Left (right side ad viewed) are the selfish SOBs who undermine our liberties and values.

He represents minorities very well. I was looking for an Asian, and didn't realize immediately he was right up front. Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman are there. I think there is even a black Muslim in the back.

After a recent fruitless attempt to put faith in our 'well functioning government", I ultimately discovered that faith in God is all we've got.