This is local news but we’re willing to bet something similar has happened where you live provided you live in the United States of America. Seems other countries already have this figured out.
Earlier this week the local county council that counsels those who live in the county where we live voted to not include the phrase “In God We Trust” among the other cute sayings along the walls of the room in the county courthouse where the council lives and works on the days they bother to go to work. It seems they trotted out that old argument, the separation of church and state, once again. (They realize that the Congress of the United States begins each session with a prayer, don’t they?) The County Executive made it even worse by trying to explain that even if the council passed that resolution he would have vetoed it since not everyone who lives in the county is a Christian. Now there’s one soul who needs a lot of remedial Sunday school.
We’ve tried fighting that one with the clear language of those who wrote that Constitution that they meant freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion. Since they never do listen to us we thought we’d at least help them along. If they aren’t going to trust in God, let’s come up with someone everyone can agree is worthy of our trust.
It seems these guys like other elected officials. They like to quote predecessors and sometimes even each other during spirited debates. It sounds too self-serving to put up a banner that says “In County Council We Trust” so we’re going to look at some other elected ones. School boards are supposed to be above politics and take an oath to be leaders to the children they ultimately serve. That would be a good choice. No, wait a minute, it was just a couple of days ago that the president of a local school board was arrested for assault stemming from a bar fight in which an instructor in her school district was hit over the head with a beer mug by his wife – neither teacher nor board member, whew. And just a couple days before that another school district’s board member was hauled off to jail on charges of assault and public drunkenness after a fight at a wedding reception. “In School Boards We Trust” is out.
Judges. They are fair, honest, impartial. Yes, we can live with “In Judges We Trust” carved in stone. Except for the ones who have recently been paroled for everything from taking bribes to using judicial resources to finance re-election campaigns. Now there is that one judge who gets all the big trials and is pretty fair. Why it was only two days ago that he wouldn’t allow a deliberating jury from reviewing an exhibit saying they have to rely on their collective memories. We can change the carving to “In Judges’ Memories We Trust.” No, that sounds too much like a memorial.
How about we move up the ladder. If County Council wants to be somebody when they grow up it would be state representatives. “In the State House We Trust” is a little wordy but it gives people enough time to not worry about the eight of them that are due to be released from prison before the end of this year. Most of them already have their paperwork in to become registered lobbyists. We’re certain we can get them to agree to be trustworthy if we can get their names inscribed along with the major catch phrase. Or not.
Looks like we’re down to our last two suggestions. There is a local bathroom remodeler whose motto is “A Company You Can Trust.” We’ll just take a still from one of his television ads, blow it up, and post it behind the county council dais.
Our last suggestion is just to make certain the county council doesn’t ever have to deal with the phrase again and purge it from all of their records. Once they can figure out how they’d like to get paid, since it is on all of our money, they should be happy as clams. Or just as steamed.
Now that’s what we think. Really. How ‘bout you.