Robert Knight

“In God We Trust” is the national motto, even though Barack Obama told a Jakarta, Indonesia audience last November that our national motto is E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one).

At least Obama got the translation right. Al Gore once said that it meant “out of one, many.” Perhaps he was employing the same math formulae that work so well in his global warming calculations.

But I digress. The real motto is, indeed, “In God We Trust,” and Congress re-emphasized this on Oct. 25, passing a resolution saying so in a 396 to 9 vote. Sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), the bill affirms the motto and “encourages its display in public buildings and government institutions.”

Forbes explained that the reminder was needed in light of Obama’s recasting of the motto and also because of the mysterious replacement of the motto at the National Capitol Visitors Center “with stars in a replica of the House Chamber – and cropping an actual picture of the chamber so you could not see the words ‘”In God We Trust.’’”

Well, the idea of affirming In God We Trust was too much for Jerrold Nadler, the New York progressive who represents ACORN in the House of Representatives and also the socialist Working Families Party and Occupy Wall Street.

“Here we are, back to irrelevant issue debates, the kind of thing people do when they have run out of ideas, when they have run out of excuses, when they have nothing to offer a middle class that is hurting and that has run out of patience,” Nadler said, explaining his vote against the resolution.

Nadler’s comments mirror those of President Obama, who rebuked the House and delivered this non sequitur: “I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work.” Translation: God wants big government to get even bigger.

Jay Carney, Obama’s spokestheologian, further mangled things by asserting that, “I believe that the phrase from the Bible is ‘the Lord helps those who help themselves.’” Sorry, Jay, that phrase is not in the Bible, which the White House later admitted.

If you’re keeping score, besides Nadler, others voting against the resolution included Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), and Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA).

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Melvin Watt (D-NC) voted “present.”

Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.