Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA) and the overwhelming majority of Congress voted on Tuesday to reaffirm that the motto of the United States of America is, "In God We Trust."
The national motto is not, as President Barack Obama stated last year in Jakarta, Indonesia, "E Pluribus Unum," which in Latin means, "Out of many, one."
Despite the fact the mainstream media didn't laugh Obama out of Washington over that one (insert here, "If it had been George W. Bush...."), by reaffirming "In God We Trust," Congress' action was meant to encourage the motto's display in public schools and government buildings. It may also help in the battle against those who want God removed from the public domain in America.
Audrey Hudson with Human Events reported that the resolution needed two-thirds approval to pass and did so easily with a vote of 396-9. Eight of the votes against it were Democrats and one was Republican.
Here's a news flash for those of you in Virginia's 3rd Congressional District: Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) voted against it. In addition to Scott, the seven other Democrats who voted against it were Representatives Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Judy Chu (D-CA), Mike Honda (D-CA), Pete Stark (D-CA), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), and Henry Johnson (D-GA).
The lone Republican to vote against it was Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) who was supported by the tea party in 2010.
Addressing Congress, Forbes pointedly called out the President on the issue:
"For the President of the United States to incorrectly state something as foundational as our national motto in another country is unacceptable. 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. We need to make clear to the people in this country that our motto is 'In God We Trust,' and encourage them to proudly display that motto."After dissent from the Democrat side of the aisle, Rep. Jeff Miller (R-FL) summed it up with thoughts from an earlier president by noting, "Yes, there are attacks on God, every day. As President Reagan said, 'If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.' "