What do we want? – JOBS!
When do we want them? – NOW!
Jobs should be the number one issue of the United States Congress. We should be moving forward and not backwards in our legislature.
So why is the United States Congress rushing “all-ahead back” into the 1950s and the Cold War? Why is Congress more concerned with propaganda than with putting constituents back to work by fairly debating the President’s jobs programs? Can it be that some members of Congress have no method of looking forward? I do not want to mention names, but do the initials GOP mean anything to you?
So here’s the deal and a little history.
Starting in the early 1900s, Americans needed a new enemy and that enemy was those pesky and godless commies of the United Soviet Socialist Republic, communist Russia. Lenin and Stalin had a thing about collectives, control through force, secret police and policy, world domination, and so on.
The USSR’s economic design was very-loosely based on Karl Marx’s Communist manifesto and the collective that was designed to create fiscal equity between the economic classes. It was not the freedom of enterprise, mostly unregulated, that we knew and cherished here in America. We were right, they were wrong and, therefore, they were the enemy.
That fervor died down during World War II, but the ugly head of the Red Russian Bear threatening the American way of life rose again immediately after peace in what became known as the Cold War. Oh, there were hot wars in Korea and Vietnam against those commies. There were communist lead coups in South America and Cuba. But it was the fear of those godless Soviet commies in our own mists and the threat of nuclear war that kept Americans in line. And never a shot fired.
The Army-McCarthy Un-American Activities Committee, the sound of air-raid sirens and little boys and girls rushing into a hallway to squat and protect their necks from the devastation of a nuclear attack was the norm. I remember it well.
I remember my mother searching in vain for a bomb shelter when the Nike anti-aircraft missiles came out of their silos in Amityville, New York on a warm spring day in 1959, pointing at an unknown enemy. I remember hearing on the radio that it was only a drill in case of a communist attack. Those godless commies.
Between 1954 and 1957, the United States Congress took action. They gathered and did what they did best to protect the American people from those godless heathens and their godless dictatorial leader Nikita Sergeyevich Khrushchev and his Premier, Georgiy Maksimilianovich Malenkov. They passed two resolutions.(Sidebar – Khrushchev, by the way, looked remarkably like my grandfather, Jacob Rosman. So much so that occasionally people on the streets of New York would seek the safety of a bomb shelter when Jacob walked the avenues. OK, maybe not, but it is a great story.)
By 1957 “In God We Trust” had become our official national motto and “under God” inserted into our Pledge of Allegiance so American could show that God saw the godless commies of Russia and China as evil. By the time I was in second-grade, not saying the Pledge with the new language meant that a small child may be left in a classroom, unprotected by the hallway during a nuclear attack.
There are critics of the use of God as a propaganda tool; I am certainly one. So was President Theodore Roosevelt. He thought putting “In God We Trust” on the money was sacrilegious. And that was before those godless commies! So is Americans United for Separation of Church and State and a slew of non-Abrahamic religions in the United States. And, of course, the atheists; those godless commies!
Fast forward –
I do not think anyone would disagree that the biggest problem the United States has in 2011 is putting Americans back to work and fixing the economy.
So what has the Congress been doing other than blaming each other for the fine mess we find ourselves in because of corporate and individual greed?
On January 27, 2011, Virginia’s very-conservative Republican and founder of the Congressional Prayer Caucus Rep. Randy Forbes introduced a resolution, H. Con. Res. 13, to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the national motto. Since then, it has been argued in committee and discussed on the House floor. I can gleefully report that on November 1, 2011, the House passed this meaningless and worthless resolution and sent it on to the Senate for consideration.
I would also like to know which God? Is it strictly 1) the god of Abraham or is it 2) the Christian god, Jesus, or is it 3) the god of Islam? Aren’t they in fact all the same god? Sure are, but try to convince those of the Christian-conservative movement. It won’t happen.
It is unfortunate that most choose “number 2” for their answer – because to be a good American one must believe in God and to be a true patriot, one must be a Christian.
It is unfortunate that 396 Republicans and Democrats voted “Yea” on this resolution. Only nine brave souls voted “No.” 29 took the backdoor by voting either “Present” or not voting at all. Whimps.
Here in Missouri, only Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-Kansas City/Independence) had the guts to say “NO!” Why? In his words, “This resolution was brought to the Floor at a time when our nation’s economy is in deep peril and our constituents are depending on us to create jobs – not reaffirm mottos.”
So… My own Resolution:
Because Congress is not acting in the best interest of the American people, and;
Because the majority of Americans believe that the “God” of our motto and pledge is the Christian God, and;
Because the First Amendment of the Constitution specifically states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, and;”
By passing this resolution, the members of the House have violated the First Amendment to the Constitution, and;
By not working for the American people to create jobs;
Therefore, we all will campaign against H. Con. Res. 13 by contacting your Senators demanding that the Senate take up a real issue, like creating jobs. And;
Vote the House bums out in 2012! With, of course, the exception of the nine-brave souls.
David Rosman is an award winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in Communications, Ethics, Business and Politics. His new book, A Christian Nation? An examination of Christian nation theories and proof, is now available at Books.InkandVoice.com as a paperback or e-book.