Posts Tagged ‘Declaration of Independence’

In God We Trust

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

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:


  • 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.


In Defense of Orange

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

OrangeI read today that the supporters of Initiative 1192 – defining marriage as between one man and one women, has fallen short petition signatures and won’t be on the ballot.  It could have struck me as a blow against moral and traditional values, but instead it struck me that creating a legal definition of marriage is like creating a legal definition of the color orange.  Marriage is what marriage is, in the same fashion that orange is what orange is.  There can be many shades of orange, but we all recognize orange for what it truly is, a combination of red and yellow.

Just yesterday we celebrated the 4th of July which is actually an anniversary celebration of the day that our Declaration of Independence was first signed.  Eventually it was signed by a total of 56 of our nations founding fathers and all of them recognized one important fact that seems to elude us in the present day marriage equality kerfuffle.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident…”

A simple yet profoundly important fact that set the tone for their whole declaration.  .

…that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness

Some truths are self-evident, so are not dictated or defined by man in legal codes.  Some truths are endowed by our Creator, or Nature,  if that is your  spiritual leaning.  In fact these self-evident truths are commonly referred to as Natural Law.  We know our Founding Fathers felt that among those self-evident Natural Laws were that all men are created equal and endowed with certain unalienable rights such as Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness, but what other laws from nature exist?

I’m not aware of any legal code defining Orange, yet everyone knows what orange is regardless of language or tradition. Orange is a combination of red and yellow; orange is what orange is, it is self-evident.  Do we need to get a petition going to defend orange against redefinition by a vocal small minority?  I don’t think so.  What would they propose as a definition, a combination of red and red or a combination of yellow and yellow?  Well they could try it, but it wouldn’t really change what orange is.  And neither would pass a pre-school finger paint test.  I mean, how confusing would it be for a 4 year old to be told that red+red or yellow+yellow, is the same as red+yellow.  And how tough on a teacher to be put into a position to have to teach a definition of orange that is different from the self-evident truth of orange.

Marriage, like orange, or the fact that all men are created equal, is a self-evident truth.  Nature is filled with relational truths like marriage.  We have gender in plants and animals, magnets have opposite ends, up has down, in has out, hot has cold.  We can even include more complicated relationships like Pythagorean’s Theorem, sum of the squares of the legs of a right triangle equals the square of the hypotenuse, aka A² + B² = C².   And the list could go on.

Whether you want to deny self-evident truths or petition to re-define them in legal code doesn’t change their truth.  If down were redefined as up, you still won’t float off into space when you get out of bed tomorrow.  That’s the great thing about truth; truth is like Honey Badger. So go and make your petitions and what not, Wally don’t care.

Oh, and one more thought.  When something other than the truth is presented as the truth, it is commonly referred to as a lie.  So saying that you get orange when you mix red and yellow would be a lie.  You get my drift.

Chuck Norris: I’m Voting for Those Not Yet Born

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Chuck Norris’ own word show he is a value voting American.

I do believe the economy is an important issue in this election, but it’s certainly not the only issue. We can’t just be concerned about our finances. We also must be concerned about America’s future and those who will occupy it.

Our posterity matters. Their rights matter. And that includes their “unalienable Rights,” with which they have been “endowed by their Creator,” and among them are the quintessential rights: “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Abortion is not about a woman’s “right to choose”; it is about a more fundamental “right to life,” which is one of three specifically identified unalienable rights in the Declaration of Independence

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