House Republicans Still Focused On Shit That Doesn’t Matter

Seriously? With everything we’re dealing with right now, this is what you want to waste time on?

House Republicans on Tuesday will try to pass a resolution reaffirming that “In God We Trust” is the national motto of the United States.

The concurrent resolution, sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.), would not have the force of law, but instead is aimed at “supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools and other government institutions.”

The bill briefly outlines the history of government references to God, and adds in that “if religion and morality are taken out of the market-place of ideas, the very freedom on which the United States was founded cannot be secured.”

Republicans argue that the resolution would help turn the tide against what they see as an informal effort to remove references to God from public buildings.

“Federal agencies and departments have been instructed that the phrase not be posted in those buildings,” Forbes wrote in March. “The effect on our public schools has been chilling, as teachers and administrators do not know whether they can post our national motto on their walls.”

Memo to Randy Forbes: religion and morality are not the same thing, otherwise we wouldn’t have pedophile priests and youth pastors arrested for sex crimes and televangelists and megachurch pastors sent to jail. So wise up, dude.

But really, I’m not even going to address the stupidity of this entire charade. Because it just never fails, whenever there’s a real problem Americans are grappling with, Republicans scurry to find a fake one to take our attention away from it. It’s the modern day version of bread and circuses, without the bread.

Nice try but I don’t think even a shiny-sparkly culture war will make Americans feel better about greedy banksters and Wall Street high rollers getting rich while the rest of the nation wallows in unemployment.

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12 responses to “House Republicans Still Focused On Shit That Doesn’t Matter

  1. I’d like to propose an amendment. That “In God We Trust” includes The Touch of His Noodly Appendage. Ramen.

  2. They don’t want to deal with the harsh reality of life, so they instead come up with this nonsense.

  3. Yutsano

    SQUIRREL!!!

    (AKA the entire Republican strategy right now. Cuz they got nothing else.)

  4. greennotGreen

    In God We Trust? Really? I thought it was “With Liberty and Justice for All.” But with the last one, there are actual behaviors you can observe, whether people really are free, or just free to do what the powers that be want them to do, and whether there’s really justice for all or just those who can afford it. With “In God We Trust” – not so much. And if there any descriptive you can hang on the Republican Party, it’s, “The Party of Empty Words.” Now there’s a motto.

    • Once upon a time it was “E Pluribus Unum” — out of many, one. That was officially changed to In God We Trust by Eisenhower in 1956. Because we needed to show those godless Commies in the USSR that WE were God-fearing people. Now the USSR is no more but we’re stuck with this relic Culture War asshattery from the Cold War.

      Stupid.

  5. Thanks for this commentary. The GOP/TEA party in Washington and here in Nashville have been disguising their DO NOTHING plan, their HATE OBAMA and wanting to fail plan since January 21, 2009…dragging out all the ‘religious, moral values blah’ to stop any real progress in helping our country…but this year, finally, the masses are catching on! Thanks for your part in exposing them!

  6. There you go again, insulting Rome. Bread and circuses indeed. Over here, the parliament spends its time on serious business — principally changing the law as many times as is necessary to keep the prime minister out of jail.

    I am not exaggerating. OK OK they also pass a budget once a year, but, I promise you, it is written by civil servants in the Treasury.

    • Yeah, I adore Italy but you can keep Berlusconi … we have plenty of our own crooked politicians!

      • Illanoy Gal

        Well, SB, at least the Italian parliament passes an annual budget, while over here all we can do is pass continuing resolutions in order to keep the government running (each time, threatening to shut down things so S&P can downgrade our credit ratings). So I would guess that puts them one up on us. (sigh)

      • I think the Italians have some semblance of a national healthcare system, too.

  7. OK, we on my VERY VERY LIBERAL activist FB page have provided 3 new slogans, since the GOP and the TEAs have merged. Please pick one…or all!
    The LET ’em starve (children in this country who are hungry).
    The LET ’em die, those who are critically ill but without insurance
    The LET women suffer and die because ‘ONLY OUR Sorry Lives are sacred, not theirs…because we forbid them to request a LEGAL abortion.

    They are all sorry cowards who refuse to help this country; Let them get recalled OR lose their very next election!!