Wednesday, May 03, 2006

It's Time To Change America's Motto

In 1956, Congress officially designated 'In God We Trust' as the current national motto superseding 'E Pluribus Unum'. The most common place where the motto is observed is on U.S. currency -- both paper money and coins.

Inflation has shrunk the value of the dollar so much that coins nowadays have become virtually worthless. When was the last time you bought something costing less than a buck? The days of 15-cent hamburgers and 10-cent Cokes are long gone! There isn't even a character on modern day keyboards corresponding to the cent character ( ¢ ).

While it would be extremely difficult because of physical constraints to stamp a longer motto onto coins, there would be no problem printing a lengthier motto onto paper currency. I recommend an Act of Congress that would replace 'In God We Trust' with the 'Serenity Prayer':

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;

the courage to change the things I can;

and the wisdom to know the difference.

This new motto would be a much better reflection of the true essence of 21st-century America.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

No way! "God" shouldn't even be on there in the first place. The last thing we need is a prayer! Keep it in your church and off the property of the government.

2:40 AM  
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8:53 PM  
Blogger UnderINK said...

Absolutely not. First of all, that's not a 'motto'. A motto is a short phrase, not three lines. Plus, the 'serenity prayer' is just something that sounds nice-- it reflects NOTHING about America itself. "E Pluribus Unum" is a PERFECT motto (albeit perhaps we could use the English, instead). What is more American than "Out of many, one"? God should not exist in our motto, or our pledge, whatsoever. As the other person said-- keep it in your church and off out of our government! You guys seem to forget some people are Atheists, others are Agnostic, and some are Buddhist and Taoist (all of whom do not subscribe to a god). That discounts Pagans, who believe in more than one. This nation is not a Christian nation, it is not a nation of God, it is a FREE NATION, and the only kind of nation that enforces religion upon its people by representing them all as the same belief is a FASCIST nation.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya know what, the motto is FINE. Its served us just fine for hundreds of years. if you don't like it, TOO BAD. and also, GOD SHOULD be in our motto. He's the reason you even have a nation to have a motto for.

4:00 PM  
Blogger UnderINK said...

Did you not read? It hasn't 'served us fine for hundreds of years'. 'E Pluribus Unum' served us fine for hundreds of years. 'In God We Trust' was RECENTLY added a decade or two after the end of WWII. RECENT. Shut the hell up and know what you're talking about before you yap your mouth.

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Jenny Xu said...

Well, yeah....a lot of people don't even believe in God. A more accurate motto would be something about liberty, justice, freedom, oppurtunity, you know, the works. Cause thats the reason people come here in the first place.

6:37 PM  

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