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The U.S. Motto: What do you think it should be?

U.S. Motto: What do you think it should be?

E Pluribus Unum (One from many / One from many parts
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33%
In God We Trust
1
17%
Other (Explain)
3
50%
 
Total votes : 6

The U.S. Motto: What do you think it should be?

Postby Kenneth » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:27 am

Change the U.S. Motto? What's in a motto, anyway? It only represents the basic philosophy of a person or group of people...
And things can be allowed to continue as they are, for whatever reason: because we don't think they are worth the trouble to try to change, because we think they are impossible to change, or because we are satisfied with the way things are.

Personally, I think that if our country is to be all-inclusive, it must include those who some religious people label "heathen" in its motto. If the motto is "In God We Trust", that leaves out agnostics and atheists. (If it were even more specific - i.e. highlighting a specific religion, that excludes even more people - you know, the ones who are "worshipping false gods" according to the interpretation of the religion - or specific denomination of the religion of those in power)

Therefore, I think that "E. Pluribus Unum" is the better of the two, and can accept that as a motto, not implying exclusion of anybody.

However, yes, people can unite or become "One" for good reasons... and for bad reasons - such as to destroy, oppress, and exploit. Cases in point: Wall Street, the corporations, the rich....to destroy, oppress and exploit those weaker than them - like you and me, for example?

So, at the risk of sounding like a corny "hippie" motto which the four-letter "L-word" seems relegated to, I decided to cast an additional optional vote and would suggest "United in Love for the Planet". (Yeah, I know, impossible - "Love? That's for sissy, whiny, liberal tree-huggers!" And why should we give a doodly-hoot about the rest of "The Planet"?) but since I see love as really the thing that most unites people, I think that would be the most inclusive. It would imply a lot of things regarding attitude to the world outside U.S. borders, too. Of course there may well be those who would like it changed to "United In The War Against Terrorism". However, I think more people are agreed as to what love is than as to what terrorism is. :wink2:

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Re: The U.S. Motto: What do you think it should be?

Postby Rick345 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 9:31 am

I'll have to give it some thought on what motto I would actually like to see as the motto of the USA be if this country was honest with itself the motto would be:
We believe it the golden rule; them that have the gold make the rules
"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?", Mahatma Gandhi.
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Re: The U.S. Motto: What do you think it should be?

Postby English Nick » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:53 am

"I got mine, Jack. Screw you".
“The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.” - Noam Chomsky
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Re: The U.S. Motto: What do you think it should be?

Postby Rick345 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:36 pm

"What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?", Mahatma Gandhi.
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