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Change the official United States Motto from "In God We Trust" to "E Pluribus Unum". Out of many, we are one.

 

we petition the Obama administration to

Change the official United States Motto from "In God We Trust" to "E Pluribus Unum". Out of many, we are one.

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/change-official-united-st...

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How about, "In GUNS We Trust"

Or, In violence we trust.

Something needs to shake us up

The center section of this shield has six symbols for "the Countries from which these States have been peopled": the rose (England), thistle (Scotland), harp (Ireland), fleur-de-lis (France), lion (Holland), and an imperial eagle (Germany).

Other Countries Are Big

The US is a big country, both in population and acres. We all know this. You know, America, Fuck Yeah, we're big! But there are larger countries, and more importantly most smaller countries aren't really that small. I do think failing to understand this is one reason it's very easy to imagine that dropping a few (hundred or thousand) bombs and sending a few people in can magically transform a place for good. But, you know, dropping some bombs in the restive provinces of Northeast Philly probably wouldn't be heard from here in South Philly and it's only 10 miles away or so. Syria's about the size of Washington State. Libya's three times the size of Texas. Iraq's about the size of California.

Other places aren't dots. They're big.
  1. Russia: 17,075,200 km2..................(6,591,027 mi2)
  2. Canada: 9,984,670 km2...................(3,854,082 mi2)
  3. United States: 9,631,418 km2.................(3,717,727 mi2)
  4. China: 9,596,960 km2..................(3,704,426 mi2)
  5. Brazil: 8,511,965 km2.....................(3,285,618 mi2)

  1. Australia: 7,686,850 km2.................. (2,967,124 mi2)
  2. India: 3,287,590 km2 ..................(1,269,009 mi2)
  3. Argentina: 2,766,890 km2 ................(1,068,019 mi2)
  4. Kazakhstan: 2,717,300 km2 ..................(1,048,877 mi2)
  5. Algeria: 2,381,740 km2..................... (919,352 mi2)
  6. Congo, Democratic Republic of the: 2,345,410 km2 ................(905,328 mi2)
  7. Mexico: 1,972,550 km2...................... (761,404 mi2)*
  8. Saudi Arabia: 1,960,582 km2.................... (756,785 mi2)
  9. Indonesia: 1,919,440 km2 .................(740,904 mi2)
  10. Sudan: 1,886,068 km2 ..................(728,215 mi2)
  11. Libya: 1,759,540 km2 ....................(679,182 mi2)

agreed

The United States each have different motos.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_and_territory_mottos

The Great Seal of the U.S.

hasn't changed.

Great Seal of the United States (obverse).svgGreat Seal of the United States (reverse).svg

U.S. Department of the Treasury

History of 'In God We Trust'

The motto IN GOD WE TRUST was placed on United States coins largely because of the increased religious sentiment existing during the Civil War. Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase received many appeals from devout persons throughout the country, urging that the United States recognize the Deity on United States coins. From Treasury Department records, it appears that the first such appeal came in a letter dated November 13, 1861. It was written to Secretary Chase by Rev. M. R. Watkinson, Minister of the Gospel from Ridleyville, Pennsylvania, and read:

Dear Sir: You are about to submit your annual report to the Congress respecting the affairs of the national finances.

One fact touching our currency has hitherto been seriously overlooked. I mean the recognition of the Almighty God in some form on our coins.

You are probably a Christian. What if our Republic were not shattered beyond reconstruction? Would not the antiquaries of succeeding centuries rightly reason from our past that we were a heathen nation? What I propose is that instead of the goddess of liberty we shall have next inside the 13 stars a ring inscribed with the words PERPETUAL UNION; within the ring the allseeing eye, crowned with a halo; beneath this eye the American flag, bearing in its field stars equal to the number of the States united; in the folds of the bars the words GOD, LIBERTY, LAW.

This would make a beautiful coin, to which no possible citizen could object. This would relieve us from the ignominy of heathenism. This would place us openly under the Divine protection we have personally claimed. From my hearth I have felt our national shame in disowning God as not the least of our present national disasters.

To you first I address a subject that must be agitated.

As a result, Secretary Chase instructed James Pollock, Director of the Mint at Philadelphia, to prepare a motto, in a letter dated November 20, 1861:
Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.

You will cause a device to be prepared without unnecessary delay with a motto expressing in the fewest and tersest words possible this national recognition.

It was found that the Act of Congress dated January 18, 1837, prescribed the mottoes and devices that should be placed upon the coins of the United States. This meant that the mint could make no changes without the enactment of additional legislation by the Congress. In December 1863, the Director of the Mint submitted designs for new one-cent coin, two-cent coin, and three-cent coin to Secretary Chase for approval. He proposed that upon the designs either OUR COUNTRY; OUR GOD or GOD, OUR TRUST should appear as a motto on the coins. In a letter to the Mint Director on December 9, 1863, Secretary Chase stated:
I approve your mottoes, only suggesting that on that with the Washington obverse the motto should begin with the word OUR, so as to read OUR GOD AND OUR COUNTRY. And on that with the shield, it should be changed so as to read: IN GOD WE TRUST.

The Congress passed the Act of April 22, 1864. This legislation changed the composition of the one-cent coin and authorized the minting of the two-cent coin. The Mint Director was directed to develop the designs for these coins for final approval of the Secretary. IN GOD WE TRUST first appeared on the 1864 two-cent coin.

Another Act of Congress passed on March 3, 1865. It allowed the Mint Director, with the Secretary's approval, to place the motto on all gold and silver coins that "shall admit the inscription thereon." Under the Act, the motto was placed on the gold double-eagle coin, the gold eagle coin, and the gold half-eagle coin. It was also placed on the silver dollar coin, the half-dollar coin and the quarter-dollar coin, and on the nickel three-cent coin beginning in 1866. Later, Congress passed the Coinage Act of February 12, 1873. It also said that the Secretary "may cause the motto IN GOD WE TRUST to be inscribed on such coins as shall admit of such motto."

The use of IN GOD WE TRUST has not been uninterrupted. The motto disappeared from the five-cent coin in 1883, and did not reappear until production of the Jefferson nickel began in 1938. Since 1938, all United States coins bear the inscription. Later, the motto was found missing from the new design of the double-eagle gold coin and the eagle gold coin shortly after they appeared in 1907. In response to a general demand, Congress ordered it restored, and the Act of May 18, 1908, made it mandatory on all coins upon which it had previously appeared. IN GOD WE TRUST was not mandatory on the one-cent coin and five-cent coin. It could be placed on them by the Secretary or the Mint Director with the Secretary's approval.

The motto has been in continuous use on the one-cent coin since 1909, and on the ten-cent coin since 1916. It also has appeared on all gold coins and silver dollar coins, half-dollar coins, and quarter-dollar coins struck since July 1, 1908.

A law passed by the 84th Congress (P.L. 84-140) and approved by the President on July 30, 1956, the President approved a Joint Resolution of the 84th Congress, declaring IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States. IN GOD WE TRUST was first used on paper money in 1957, when it appeared on the one-dollar silver certificate. The first paper currency bearing the motto entered circulation on October 1, 1957. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) was converting to the dry intaglio printing process. During this conversion, it gradually included IN GOD WE TRUST in the back design of all classes and denominations of currency.

As a part of a comprehensive modernization program the BEP successfully developed and installed new high-speed rotary intaglio printing presses in 1957. These allowed BEP to print currency by the dry intaglio process, 32 notes to the sheet. One-dollar silver certificates were the first denomination printed on the new high-speed presses. They included IN GOD WE TRUST as part of the reverse design as BEP adopted new dies according to the law. The motto also appeared on one-dollar silver certificates of the 1957-A and 1957-B series.

BEP prints United States paper currency by an intaglio process from engraved plates. It was necessary, therefore, to engrave the motto into the printing plates as a part of the basic engraved design to give it the prominence it deserved.

One-dollar silver certificates series 1935, 1935-A, 1935-B, 1935-C, 1935-D, 1935-E, 1935-F, 1935-G, and 1935-H were all printed on the older flat-bed presses by the wet intaglio process. P.L. 84-140 recognized that an enormous expense would be associated with immediately replacing the costly printing plates. The law allowed BEP to gradually convert to the inclusion of IN GOD WE TRUST on the currency. Accordingly, the motto is not found on series 1935-E and 1935-F one-dollar notes. By September 1961, IN GOD WE TRUST had been added to the back design of the Series 1935-G notes. Some early printings of this series do not bear the motto. IN GOD WE TRUST appears on all series 1935-H one-dollar silver certificates.

Below is a listing by denomination of the first production and delivery dates for currency bearing IN GOD WE TRUST:

DENOMINATION PRODUCTION DELIVERY
$1 Federal Reserve Note February 12, 1964 March 11, 1964
$5 United States Note January 23, 1964 March 2, 1964
$5 Federal Reserve Note July 31, 1964 September 16, 1964
$10 Federal Reserve Note February 24, 1964 April 24, 1964
$20 Federal Reserve Note October 7, 1964 October 7, 1964
$50 Federal Reserve Note August 24, 1966 September 28, 1966
$100 Federal Reserve Note August 18, 1966 September 27, 1966

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Democracy failed Michigan which led the way leading to the Lead poisioining of the water supply in Flint.

All hail Milton Friedman.

Disaster Capitalism, or The Shock Dovtrine runs amock (Thanks Naomi Klein).

Caveat Emptor (let the buyer beware) seems to be the most appropriate national motto.

Chris, democracy didn't fail Michigan; a Republican legislature and governor aborted the state's oligarchy (i.e., its representative democracy) and appointed autocrats in some of its cities.

Flint's governor-appointed autocrat poisoned its water supply.

Caveat Michigander and Caveat Americander

Bankruptcy unleashed the wolves to wreak havoc on the citizens of Detroit and Michigan in chase of the all mighty dollar.

Again Milton Friedman is the savior  of those who bow down to unfettered capitalism.

As Michigan goes down so does the nation.

The Trans Pacific Partnership - an agreement outside of government seems to exhibit Fascism.

Welcome to bankrupt America where democracy doesn't exist and an apointee from Wall Street decides your water quality.

As you most likely  know fracking (effluence) water is being used to water crops in California, which is one of the biggests exporters of food for, not only the nation, but the world.

California Farmers Are Watering Their Crops With Oil Wastewater, An...

As a side.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-reese-halter/fracking-poisons-cali...

Caveat Emptor, or In God we Trust seems appropriate as a national motto.

A majority of Americans believe the earth is only ~6K years old and Jesus will rapture them into heaven within their lifetime.

With that mindset there is no reason to take care of the planet.

Lead poisioning, or  the Zika virus doesn't matter when Jesus is just around the corner.

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