Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mottos meaningless... or not?

Recently with all the problems swirling around the United States, the United States House of Representatives took its time to reestablish the importance of the motto given to the United States in 1956, In God We Trust, for which they voted (except for 9 of them) to reaffirm as our motto. It's not like they had any serious problems to consider; so why not, left and right, pander to their religious base?

Most of us lefties probably haven't thought much about mottos; but now that they brought it up, it appears to me to be the problem the extreme right has today with their attitude toward all problems-- God'll fix it. God justifies it. If I did it (which you haven't proven), God forgives it-- how about a little hymn, folks! And onward it goes with global warming, poverty, dirty air or water, morality, and just about any issue you can think of which a people might face but choose not to because-- in god they trust and who cares about their fellow man. It's likely his/her fault to have such problems anyway.

It also shows the me-too party for the weaklings they are. Can't even vote against something stupid like that? Exactly for what will they stand up? Opposition party my foot. They don't even have enough gumption for that.

What it made me think about is the unofficial motto of the United States from its founding-- [e pluribus unum].  Okay, I do have to admit, it's a pretty communistic thinking-- we are one together. Wow, now that's socialism if I ever heard it (Christ-like too-- socialist that he was). And yet from 1786, it was our suggested motto to encourage our highest ideals. Damned intellectual founders putting another language onto our currency. The general meaning of each Latin word is clear: Pluribus is related to the English word: "plural." Unum is related to the English word: "unit." or "Out of one-- many". Easy to see why the far right would want to ignore that kind of thinking.

What the heck could those founders have been thinking-- that we would consider ourselves one nation, united with each other? Even people different than ourselves??? Caring for our brothers? Seems a little weird when really all we need is a mystical being to take care of all those folks-- except those the being wants to zap, you know, the bad guys those who don't agree with us (this zapping can also include winning certain sporting events).

So the party that claims how it values the Founding Fathers throws out their wisdom for a 1950s view of how life should be and maybe a little occult good luck thrown in. I mean how can that kind of god not reward a people who would say they trust in him totally? 

Even though it's been obvious how these people think, I would not have even thought to write about this now had not a tea party type legislator (no, I don't know he was but this is so tea party like in its simplistic, ignore real problems, kind of thinking) thought it so important to revisit the topic rather than coming up with something practical to do about our wars, jobs, environment, budget, or bank regulation. Should I thank him?  If they actually started working five days a week, one can only wonder what marvelous ideas they'd think of dealing with next...

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