â€œWho calls a shot like that?â€ she demanded. â€œWho makes a decision like that?â€ She added: â€œItâ€™s a disturbing trend.â€
Who? As the News-Miner reports, it was the Republicans who approved the design. Republican Mike Castle introduced the bill, then the Republican Congress passed it into law and President Bush signed it. Two years later, Republicans began whining about what they had wrought. But, hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good conspiracy theory?
If you want more of Mrs. Palin’s contrary-to-fact pronouncements, she will be signing books at the Barnes & Noble in Woodland Mall on 28th Street in Grand Rapids Wednesday night at 7 p.m.. (It worries me that Sarah sees Michigan as so supportive that she’s launching her book tour here. On the other hand, I always expect to be stopped at the border to western Michigan where clear-eyed Amway salespeople will ask to see my passport.)
It’s no coincidence that the Playgirl centerfold spread of Levi Johnston with a hockey stick (and, reportedly, not much else) will go live online this week. Perhaps you could print out a copy and ask her sign it – in an appropriate spot, of course, since placement matters so much to Sarah.Speaking of moving the words “In God We Trust,” please remind me why the State of Michigan Library is allowed to post the phrase above the main entrance/exit to the rotunda. Doesn’t this really belong in a church instead? I gather the lack out of outrage and lawsuits stems from the fact that the phrase is already on our money, so who cares if tax dollars were used to put it on the State of Michigan Library? (Who cares? I do.)
If you check the history of how “In God We Trust” crept onto our coins, you will learn that it wasn’t those radical, Deist/atheist Founding Fathers who put the phrase on our money. (If Tom Paine were alive today, he’d be Twittering and Facebooking like mad, wouldn’t he?)
The phrase “In God We Trust” was added to our money in 1961 during the Civil War era after the Rev. M. R. Watkinson of Ridleyville, Pennsylvania, wrote to Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase pleading his case as follows:
One fact touching our currency has hitherto been seriously overlooked. I mean the recognition of the Almighty God in some form on our coins.
You are probably a Christian. What if our Republic were not shattered beyond reconstruction? Would not the antiquaries of succeeding centuries rightly reason from our past that we were a heathen nation? What I propose is that instead of the goddess of liberty we shall have next inside the 13 stars a ring inscribed with the words PERPETUAL UNION; within the ring the allseeing eye, crowned with a halo; beneath this eye the American flag, bearing in its field stars equal to the number of the States united; in the folds of the bars the words GOD, LIBERTY, LAW.
This would make a beautiful coin, to which no possible citizen could object. This would relieve us from the ignominy of heathenism. This would place us openly under the Divine protection we have personally claimed. From my hearth I have felt our national shame in disowning God as not the least of our present national disasters.
The more things change, the more they stay the same – at least if Sarah Palin and her friends have their way.