Byline: Robert Knight, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
In God We Trust is the national motto, even though Barack Obama told a Jakarta, Indonesia, audience last November that our national motto is E Pluribus Unum ( Out of many, one ).
At least President Obama got the translation right. Al Gore once said that it meant Out of one, many. Perhaps he was employing the same math formulas that work so well in his global-warming calculations.
But I digress. The real motto is, indeed, In God We Trust, and Congress re-emphasized this on Oct. 25, passing a resolution saying so in a 396-9 vote. Sponsored by Rep. J. Randy Forbes, Virginia Republican, the bill affirms the motto and encourages its display in public buildings and government institutions.
Mr. Forbes explained that the reminder was needed in light of Mr. Obama's recasting of the motto and also because of the mysterious replacement of the motto at the National Capitol Visitors Center with stars in a replica of the House Chamber - and cropping an actual picture of the chamber so you could not see the words 'In God We Trust.'"
The idea of affirming In God We Trust was too much for Jerrold Nadler, the New York liberal who represents ACORN in the House of Representatives and also the socialist Working Families Party and Occupy Wall Street.
Here we are, back to irrelevant issue debates, the kind of thing people do when they have run out of ideas, when they have run out of excuses, when they have nothing to offer a middle class that is hurting and that has run out of patience, Mr. Nadler said, explaining his vote against the resolution.
Mr. Nadler's comments mirror those of Mr. Obama, who rebuked the House and delivered this non sequitur: I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work. Translation: God wants big government to get even bigger.
Jay Carney, Mr. Obama's spokes-theologian, further mangled things by asserting, I believe that the phrase from the Bible is 'The Lord helps those who help themselves.'" Sorry, Jay, that phrase is not in the Bible, which the White House later admitted.
If you're keeping score, besides Mr. Nadler, others voting against the resolution included Reps. Gary L. Ackerman, New York Democrat; Justin Amash, Michigan Republican; Judy Chu, California Democrat; Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri Democrat; Michael M. Honda, California Democrat; Henry C. Hank Johnson Jr., Georgia Democrat; Robert C. Bobby Scott, Virginia Democrat; and Fortney Pete Stark, California Democrat.
Reps. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, and Melvin L. Watt, North Carolina Democrat, voted present.
It's not that Mr. Nadler opposes resolutions per se. He sponsored a resolution in 2009 commemorating the 40th anniversary of the drag-queen revolt known as the Stonewall riots. He also sponsored a resolution in 2009 condemning the murder of pro-choice doctor and health care provider George Tiller, the Wichita abortionist. Tiller, who was shot to death at his church, was the nation's leading practitioner of the gruesome infanticide known as partial-birth abortion.
It's good that Mr. …