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Keith Ellison votes "present" on "In God We Trust" bill

Keith Ellison was "present" but unimpressed by "In God We Trust" vote.
Keith Ellison was "present" but unimpressed by "In God We Trust" vote.

"In God We Trust" is our nation's motto, you got it? Well, just so no one forgets, yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives held an essential vote to reaffirm that our national motto is our national motto. 

It was a bizarre bit of patriotic theater, but it worked: A whopping 396 representatives, including all but two of Minnesota's congressional delegation, voted yes. As of this morning, our national motto is definitely our national motto.

Only nine member of congress had the guts to vote "No" to the bill. Keith Ellison, representing you, Godless heathens of Minneapolis, didn't go that far. But he didn't exactly hop on board, either: Ellison simply marked "present," which is the congressional equivalent of shrugging and saying, "Who cares?"

The nine "no" votes and the two "present" -- Ellison was joined in that move by Congressman Melvin Watt of North Carolina -- have since been cataloged by Fox Nation, a user-driven site where reasoned debate goes to die a terrible death.

Michele Bachmann couldn't make it, but presumably trusts in God.
Michele Bachmann couldn't make it, but presumably trusts in God.

Fox Nation lists the nine "No" voters, which include eight Democrats and one brave or foolish Republican, but doesn't make note of those who didn't vote at all. Among others, Michele Bachmann kept with her recent streak of never, ever showing up to work, and didn't vote.

But John Kline, Erik Paulsen, Betty McCollum, Tim Walz, Collin Peterson, and Chip Cravaack sure did. Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!

The vote became an absolute political necessity after Barack Obama mistakenly said "E Pluribus Unum" was the national motto. Obama's statement might have been an honest error, but an e-mail from your aunt will soon explain to you that E Pluribus Unum means "There is no God" in Kenyan Muslim.

The exact language of the resolution states that it is, "supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions."

Justin Amash of Michigan, the lone Republican "No" vote, said he didn't think such encouragement was necessary to maintain America's rather obvious faith in God ,and thought the House probably had something better to do, NBC 17 reports.

"Trying to score political points with unnecessary resolutions should not be Congress's priority," Amash said.

Ellison didn't issue a statement on his vote, but was responded to a Twitter user who challenged his decision.

marc_warnestMarc Warnest
in reply to @marc_warnest

@marc_warnest, Congress doesn't need to "reaffirm" nat'l motto when this majority hasn't affirmed jobs at all.
Nov 02 via Twitter for BlackBerry®FavoriteRetweetReply


In a statement released shortly after yesterday's vote, God was quoted as saying, "Hey, you know, right backatacha', America," before quietly telling his broker to divest from U.S.  Treasury bonds.


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