U.S. Motto: patriotic or political?

U.S. Motto: patriotic or political?

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Is it John 3:16 or a Glock 19 that a cop should put his trust in? Across the country in politically conservative areas, including our own Macon County, law enforcement vehicles are increasingly sporting the “In God We Trust” decal, ostensibly as a demonstration of patriotism and national pride. Since it is the national motto, isn’t it a natural thing to have it placed on public property such as patrol vehicles? “Novus ordo seclorum” is on The Great Seal of the United States, but I can’t imagine a Latin phrase that can be translated to “New World Order,” finding much favor. So, not all recognized national expressions are of equal patriotic value.

“In God We Trust” became our official national motto back in the 1950s. The Cold War was in full swing and it was the height of anti-communist fervor. Apparently, the politicos wanted to set the record straight that we were better than those godless commies. A competing adage of the era, “better dead than red,” was probably too depressing to oust the existing semi-official U.S. motto, “E pluribus unum” or “one out of many.”