I wish we could rid ourselves of the motto, "In God We Trust."
It's a ruse, a blind, a cover.
A deception of mind and soul ... to lull us into some kind of unreasonable stance, that because of our motto, we have a leg up on just about everyone else ... and the great God Above looks upon us kindly, and will offer us unstinting protection against our foes, whatever and whoever they may be.
Micah the prophet alludes to this, as to the other prophets, as well.
The ease with which the people count on God to save them, because they have filled their lives with easy slogans and easily performed rituals.
Reminds me of Little Jack Horner, sitting in his corner, eating his Christmas Pie, and delighting in a plumb pulled from the dessert, and concluding, "What a good boy am I."
The fact that he sits in his corner, all by himself, eating the whole damn pie, makes clear to me that he's not such good boy after all.
Though he may be no better or worse than any other boy ...
Sadly, all of our god-talk has blinded us to our sordid history.
Sure, I'm glad to be an American - it's suited me just fine ... me and mine.
But for millions, the bright American Dream has been mostly a nightmare of poverty and loss.
Can't we be a bit more honest about all of this?
It's in our guns we trust, and in our bombs, and in our second-to-none technology, satellites above and drones a-flying ...
Rather than saying, "In God We Trust," how about a new national motto, "We have a lot of work to do!"