Fifty years later, does America need a stupider motto?

Looking at a 1922 silver dollar I have lying around, “In God We Trust” is on the obverse and “E Pluribus Unum” is on the reverse, just as it is now. So whatever developments happened in 1956, I don’t see what difference they made.

So in other words, the OP is full of shit on this? Can’t say I’m suprised.

Can a foreigner like me vote for that suggestion? We may need to borrow it sometime. :wink:

The OP is quite correct. Thanks to the efforts of some decent people, Jefferson’s motto is still around to some degree in the designs and plans. But it’s no longer the official motto.

My bad, never mind. The official motto part does indeed date to 1956, the usage on coins goes back almost 100 years earlier. Sorry, Terrifel. :frowning:

“In God We Trust” was, in fact, made the official motto of the United States in 1956.

From this U.S. Treasury site on the history of the phrase on money.

So in other words, the OP is not full of shit on this.

“You call *that * a sword that was broken? *This * is a sword that was broken!”

E Pluribus Unum was the official motto (I do not know why a nation needs one) from late in the eighteenth century. In the middle of the nineteenth century, there was a mad drive by a few loons to make (Protestant) Christianity the “true” religion of the U.S. (Constitution be damned) to make sure that those horrible Catholic immigrants did not get any wild ideas that they might be welcome. The only result of their failed effort was that, in the midst of the Civil War, someone talked the Treasury Secretary into having “In God We Trust” placed on U.S. coins.

In the mid-1950s, there was a push to get the motto changed to “In God We Trust” that made it through Congress. (For some reason, however, they forgot to de-activate the first motto, so, technically, we have two.)

With the passage of the “new” motto, the government later got around to putting “In God We Trust” on our paper currency as well. (1960? 1962? I’m not going to look it up right now.)

So, coins between 1863 and 1956 carried “In God We Trust” (a platitude with no standing) as well as carrying the (at that time official and solitary) motto, E Pluribus Unum.

Some good stupid mottos for America :

Our penis is HUUUUUGE !
Try and stop us ! ( Simpsons reference )
Resistance is useless. Your nation will adapt to service us.
God, guns and gays ! That’s what matters ! YEAH !
Kill a Commie for Christ ! And there are too still Commies !
Me America. Me Strong !
Social Darwinism and random invasions ! USA ! USA !

I think we ought to honor our current leader with “Bring it on!”

Of course, I also think that BOHICA is a perfect choice.

I suppose we could merge the two.

All a lot clearer to me now, thanks, after tomndebb’s post. I should have realised what it was all about. :smack: Cheers.

How about “no fat chicks” ?

BOHICA is a good suggestion, but I think that DILLIGAF* more accurately captures the pervasive American spirit.

*Do I Look Like I Give A Fuck?

Interestingly enough, neither New Zealand or Australia have a national motto, although NZ’s used to be ‘Onwards’.

Isn’t “We’re number one!” good enough? Especially since there’s hardly a category left in which we’re actually number one.

I’ll third this one.
If it doesn’t get picked, how about

Australia’s motto used to be ‘Advance Australia’. I think we’re better off without one, if that’s the best they can do.

It’s just like basic Australia except there are nine alignments and druids and rangers are allowable player characters…

It seems to be that was just the motto on the 1908 coat of arms, since replaced. Australia itself has never had an official motto. “Advance Australia” may have been a colonial hand-me-down.

New South Wales does, though.

Orta Recens Quam Pura Nites (Newly Risen, How Bright Thou Shinest)

Catchy, isn’t it?