Where are the ding dang jobs?
Further demonstrating that Republicans have no interest in putting Americans back to work, and that any forward progress on the economy and jobs front is being thwarted by a bunch of Norquist-loving Dominionist hypocrites, today, Eric Cantor plans to bring to the floor for a vote a non-binding resolution that affirms that the current national motto — “In God We Trust” — is, like, seriously the national motto, you guys, so don’t even try to pretend it’s not:
Republicans may be trying to focus their messaging on jobs and the economy — and hammering President Barack Obama for campaigning — but they still have time for some red meat base-baiting on the House floor.
To wit: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (Va.) decision to bring to the floor a measure that “reaffirms ‘In God We Trust’ as the official motto of the United States and supports and encourages the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions,” according to the resolution, sponsored by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.).
The resolution is one of three measures being considered by the House on Tuesday and is nonbinding.
Cantor’s office declined to comment for this story.
Democrats ridiculed the decision to bring up the measure.
“The last time we checked, ‘In God We Trust’ is the national motto of the United States, adopted in 1956, and China was still getting off scot-free while Republican House leaders refuse to bring up a bipartisan bill to level the playing field for American workers,” said Nadeam Elshami, spokesman for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.).
“How hard is it for the Republican leadership to reaffirm its commitment to the middle class by allowing a vote on the bipartisan China currency legislation that will create more than 1 million jobs? Apparently, they’re just too busy,” Elshami added.
In a statement, Forbes defended bringing the bill to the floor, arguing that Congress needs to directly confront “a disturbing trend of inaccuracies and omissions, misunderstandings of church and state, rogue court challenges, and efforts to remove God from the public domain by unelected bureaucrats.”
Forbes points to a number of instances that are driving the need for the bill, including Obama referring to E Pluribus Unum as “our” motto and omission of the motto from parts of the Capitol Visitor Center, among others.
“As our nation faces challenging times, it is appropriate for Members of Congress and our nation — like our predecessors — to firmly declare our trust in God, believing that it will sustain us for generations to come,” he added.
What the hell is this? The opening shot in the War on Christmas?
First, the notion that the Republican Party (Eric Cantor, specifically) trusts in God is a joke. Remember, this is the guy who essentially told those who suffered damage as a result of the tornados and earthquakes this summer to suck it up. (See here, here, and here). This is also the guy who — on September 11 — insisted on 40% cuts to first responders.
Second, if Dominionism doesn’t scare you, it should:
- Dominionists celebrate Christian nationalism, in that they believe the United States once was, and should again be, a Christian nation. In this way, they deny the Enlightenment roots of American democracy.
- Dominionists promote religious supremacy, insofar as they generally do not respect the equality of other religions, or even other versions of Christianity.
- Dominionists endorse theocratic visions, believing that the Ten Commandments, or “biblical law,” should be the foundation of American law, and that the U.S. Constitution should be seen as a vehicle for implementing Biblical principles.
And finally, these challenging times call for more than wasting time and taxpayer money on pointless and unnecessary nonbinding resolutions. What would be appropriate during these “challenging times” would be to tax the rich and create some motherlovin’ jobs. I know Christians think God is our “Creator” so maybe these God-fearing Republicans could get Him on the line and ask him to be a Job Creator — because that would really help right about now.
As it stands, we’re all going to hell in a handbasket, but hey! — at least the handbasket will be made in China and stamped “In God We Trust.”
It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a job.[cross-posted at Angry Black Lady Chronicles]