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While The Preznit busies himself fending off the Puritan Left, the Charlatan Right continues its Crusade against the Kenyan Infidel:
Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus have written to President Obama asking him to correct a speech he gave in Indonesia incorrectly replacing the nation’s motto of “In God We Trust” with “E pluribus unum.”…
“For the president of the United States to incorrectly state something as foundational as our national motto in another country is unacceptable,” said [Virginia Congresscritter and Caucus founder J. Randy] Forbes. “The president is the primary representative of our nation to the world, and whether mistake or intention, his actions cast aside an integral part of American society.”
The judges have to award the point to Forbes: “In God We Trust” is indeed Our Nation’s Motto.
Since, um, 1956. Not exactly “foundational”.
Until that annus mirabilis, Our Nation somehow got along without an official motto. Sort of.
Congress did approve “E pluribus unum” in 1782, but that was for the Seal (Arf!) of the United States — a project initiated on July 4, 1776, and including the phrase in the first draft that August.
(Why six years until formal approval? Well, you know — committees.)
“In God We Trust” had to wait almost four score and seven years for similar Congressional recognition — until April 22, 1864, to be precise.
So, Representative J. Randy Forbes of Virginia, if you want to call “In God We Trust” foundational, that’s fine by us. Because the nation that approved it wasn’t the Confederacy.
But really, we just wanted an excuse to run a clip of Shatner at his Shatneriest.
Origin and Meaning of the Motto Carried by the American Eagle [GreatSeal.com]
History of ‘In God We Trust’ [U.S. Treasury]