You know, I’m as fun-loving as the next person. I like a good joke. But I do not like bad jokes, and that’s what the GOP-led House of Representatives has become. The GOP (Goons on Parade) took back the House during the midterm elections in 2010, promising to address the issues of economic growth and joblessness. Since then, they’ve addressed every other issue but economic growth and joblessness. In fact, they’ve spent the majority of their time legislating morality and waging a war against women. That’s because they have absolutely no ideas and no solutions. They are simply there to suck up all the air in the room. Oh, but today they found a new mission. (This is where you respectfully bow your head.) Today the House voted on a resolution to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as our national motto. (Perhaps the GOP motto should be “In God We Trust. All Others Pay Cash.”)
Forgive me, but did I read somewhere that the nation’s unemployment rate is just about 9.1%? And didn’t I read that the 2010 census puts the poverty rate at just about 15.1% (the highest levels since 1993)? And this is the best the GOP can do? Are we in such great shape that they can spend their time and our taxpayer dollars on such useless drivel? The legislation was introduced by Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA), founder and chairman of the Congressional Prayer Caucus. Listen to what this genius had to say:
“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.”
And just what will this legislation accomplish? You are going to love this. It will encourage the use of the motto in all public buildings, public schools and government institutions.
This is the way I look at it: I seriously doubt that putting “In God We Trust” on buildings and institutions is going to a result in an improvement on any of this nation’s issues. I mean, it was originally adopted as the motto in 1956 and it hasn’t done a shit load of good so far. Pardon my English, but why the fuck do we have to “reaffirm” this? It’s been around forever. If you want God. Go to church and get yourself some. Pray in the morning when you get up. Pray at lunch. Pray before you go to bed at night. But keep God and the church the hell out of government, and stop this ridiculous parade of Christianity at the taxpayers’ expense. Use the few brains the Good Lord gave you to find real solutions to real problems, instead of using faith-based pissing in the wind. Hey, Randy! Yoo hoo! Over here! That’s what we pay you for!
And while I’m on a rampage, this Congressional Prayer Caucus is a bunch of shit. It’s just another way to pander to the Christian right. You know, the folks who just about bankroll the GOP these days. We have a Congressional Prayer Caucus to ensure that the ultra right-wingers will keep filling the campaign coffers of the GOP. The Christian right is so in control of the Republican Party that it can barely pass legislation without having to genuflect. This pack of thieving, conniving, cheating politicians doesn’t need a Congressional Prayer Caucus. They need an exorcism.
Here’s some enlightenment for Rowdy Randy and the rest of the GOP: Fully 16% of all Americans do not identify with any God. We are all taxpaying citizens and do not want our government run based on prayer or the Bible. That’s why there’s this thing called the separation between church and state. The marriage of government and religion is a thing of the past, and a recipe for disaster. The last time we tried that, they were burning people at the stake. It didn’t work out so well. And if the church wants to play in the political sandbox, they can do what the rest of us do: Pay their freakin’ taxes and get ignored.