In God We Trust

Yes, In God We Trust belongs in America today, just as it did at the founding of our nation.

Now, there are facts and there are Facebook facts.   True facts are those that can be proven true through independent evidence.  Facebook facts are evidently true because there are so many people on Facebook, that everyone you talk to saw the same thing and will back you up on the validity of the Facebook Fact (FBF).  It must be true because it’s on Facebook. ;)

Here’s a couple of those Facebook Facts (FBF) that showed up in my timeline last week.

Rubio igwtEvidently we are supposed to take as fact that “In God We Trust” came to life in 1956 and that Marco Rubio is a nincompoop.   I don’t think either is factual, but given the speed at which false information travels on the internet,  both may already qualify as FBF.

One commenter on that timeline image even added their own twist to this FBF.

I bet his crazy ass father taught him that. The only reference is in the Declaration of Independence that refers to “Nature’s God” and the “laws of nature.”

Now I don’t know Marco Rubio, so he may be a fatuous nincompoop with a crazy ass father(don’t really think so), but I believe him to be correct in his sentiment that trust in God is foundational to out nation.  As for the words “In God We Trust” as a slogan and or motto here are a few real facts:

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  • In 1956 congress did actually pass a law declaring “In God We Trust” as our national motto, but trust in God didn’t suddenly poof into existence in 1956.
  • During the 1860’s the US was minting coins with the inscription “In God We Trust”  I don’t know if it a motto, a slogan, or what, but by my crude math skills I put the 1860’s almost 100 years before 1956.
  • In 1814 Francis Scott Key wrote a poem while held as a prisoner by the British during the War of 1812.  His poem contained the line, “And this be our motto: ‘In God is our Trust.”   That poem, set to music is now know as the Star Spangled Banner.   Again with crude math 1956 was some 150 years later.

Clearly trust in God as a part of our nation predates 1956 and in reality goes back to the very foundation of our nation.  When the commenter mentions our Declaration of Independence they were ever so close to proving Marco Rubio true, they just were looking at the wrong end of the Declaration.

In opposition to the King of England our Declaration of Independence declared these important things,

  • that we would no longer be governed by England
  • that people had inalienable rights bestowed upon them by their Creator, not government.
  • that we were starting our own government.

Our Declaration was a hugely important document in it’s time, as well as now.  Anyone signing the Declaration would have been hung by the British as traitors had they been caught.  I’ve read that 5 signers were actually caught, tortured and subsequently died, but that may just be a FBF.

So what made our nation’s founders believe that they had a chance in heck of being successful in their endeavor of creating the United States?  Well it’s all there in that last sentence of the Declaration,

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

In order to break from England and start this new nation called the United States, our founders mutually pledged to each other: their Lives, their Fortunes and their sacred Honor, but most importantly they did so “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence .”   They knew that for this nation to succeed they needed to rely on each other and firmly rely on the protection of divine Providence or in other words they had a complete trust in God’s will.

“firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence” = Trust in God

“In God we Trust” was most certainly not a motto dreamt up by Christian zealots in the 1950s’ or 1860’s or whatever era, trust in God was part of our nation before we were a nation.  In God We Trust was not some catchy phrase to our founding fathers, it was what they did, they trusted in God.

Motto, slogan, or whatever, I don’t think anything could be more “American” than Trust in God.

Amen

Political Pejoratives

To Politicians on the left, “Republican” has become a pejorative.

To Politicians on the right, “Democrat” has become a pejorative.

To Wally,  “Politician” has become pejorative.

Teach Your Children Well

Here were are close to hearing a Grand Jury decision about whether or not Officer Warren will be charged in the death of Michael Brown, and in the same sitting I am reading that President Obama met with Ferguson protestors who are preplanning a protest against the ruling.

Some of the national leaders met with President Obama on Nov. 5 for a gathering that included a conversation about Ferguson.

According to the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has appeared frequently in St. Louis with the Brown family and delivered a speech at Mr. Brown’s funeral, Mr. Obama “was concerned about Ferguson staying on course in terms of pursuing what it was that he knew we were advocating. He said he hopes that we’re doing all we can to keep peace.”

My thinking is, that instead of talking about protests, the President and members of the black community could take the opportunity to talk about how to prevent this type of incident in the future.

Here are 10 things that I think might have helped to avoid the whole messy situation in Ferguson, including the death of Michael Brown.

  1. Michael Brown could have paid for the cigars rather than stealing them.
  2. Michael Brown could have apologized to the store owner for stealing cigars rather than assaulting him.
  3. Michael Brown could have walked on the sidewalk rather than in the street
  4. Michael Brown could have moved to the sidewalk when asked to do so by Officer Warren instead of continuing to walk in the street.
  5. When speaking to Officer Warren, Michael Brown could have apologized for walking in the street rather than telling the officer he was going to continue in the street.
  6. Michael Brown could have made a better choice in friends.  Someone who might have said something like “come on man, let’s just get up on the sidewalk” or “what the heck are you doing, it’s not right to steal, put those cigars back.”
  7. Michael Brown could have chosen not to assault Officer Warren in his car.
  8. Michael Brown could have not raised the situation to a life threatening situation by attempted to take Officer Warren’s gun.
  9. Michael Brown’s family could have apologized for his behavior and actions.
  10. Michael Brown’s cultural leaders, the same people planning protests with the President, could have said enough to this racial divide crap.  They could have advised their community to mourn their loss, and then get on with raising their children to be law biding (and might I add God fearing) citizens so that this never happens again.
  11. BONUS – Don’t do drugs!

But none of these things happened, did they?  No, and that is in part why Michael Brown is dead and Ferguson, MO is staring down the barrel of another riot/protest.

Now is the time for a truly post racial President to emerge.

 

 

My 2014 Election Picks

It’s ballot time.  For the candidates, I’ve had a chance to meet all of them that I’ve voted for and found them to be people who I think will represent my values.  That is, following the constitution, focusing on traditional core values of our nation, finding efficient direct means without growing government.  I left quite a few spaces blank this time, like only voting for 4 in the Charter Review position when it could have been 5, but I really didn’t want to just draw lines for the heck of it, or just go with the flow.

NO on 1351 – This is a wolf in sheep’s clothing initiative.  It would add around 7,000 new teachers to help reduce class sizes, but it will also burden us with the hidden cost of about 18,000 new administrators and support persons.   That ratio is messed up, bloated, and I think counter to a good education for the kids.

NO & NO on 591 & 594 – We don’t need any further restrictions on the rights of law biding people to defend themselves, and neither of these initiatives will mean a hoot to criminals so they are a waste of time and paper.

MAINTAIN on Advisory No. 8 Senate Bill 6505 – Senate made sure that marijuana industry didn’t receive benefits like they were part of normal agriculture and I agree with them.

Pedro Celis – U.S. Rep. Cong. District 1

Doug Ericksen – State Senator District 42

Luanne VanWerven – State Rep. District 42 Position 1

Vincent Buys  – State Rep. District 42 Position 2

Dave McEachran – County Prosecuting Attorney

Jeffrey McClure – Public Utility District 1

And had I been able I would certainly, without any doubt in my mind, have voted an emphatic NO on the Ferndale gas tax.

Whatcom County Charter Review Commissioner District 3

  • Yvonne Goldsmith
  • Karl Uppiano
  • Eileen Sobjack
  • Nick Evans

If I were in District 2, I would have voted for

  • Joe Elenbaas
  • Ben Elenbaas
  • Chet Dow
  • Delaine Clizbe