Rep. Lamar Smith: Little More Important Than Reaffirming "In God We Trust"

November 02, 2011 2:07 pm ET — Julia Krieger

On the House floor yesterday, senior members of the House GOP caucus took a break from pretending to care about job creation, deciding instead to reaffirm an idea that has already been affirmed in the United States: the national motto "In God We Trust."

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), consistently one to jump at the chance to abandon a focus on jobs, insisted, "There are few things Congress could do that would be more important than passing this resolution. It reaffirms 'In God We Trust' as the official motto of the United States." Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) suggested that without this resolution "there is no longer any reason for us to gather here in this place," and we would all be nothing more than "worm food."

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Although conservatives often misrepresent the role of religion in the public sphere, House Republicans insisting that "indeed we have the time to reaffirm that God is God" and that there are "few things Congress could do that would be more important" represents a complete disconnect from the real needs of the American public. As Steve Benen aptly notes:

But this would still be a waste of time, even if conservatives understood history. The national motto is not facing any danger. The American middle class is. The sooner congressional Republicans get their priorities straight, the better.

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