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In 1956, the nation was at a particularly tense time in the Cold War, and the United States wanted to distinguish itself from the Soviet Union, which promoted state atheism.[17] As a result, the 84th Congress passed a joint resolution "declaring IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States." The law was signed by President Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, and the motto was progressively added to paper money over a period from 1957 to 1966.[14] (Public Law 84-851)[18] The United States Code at 36 U.S.C. § 302, now states: "'In God we trust' is the national motto."
(from wiki)

Comment by Warren on September 25, 2013 at 3:21pm

Of course when government passes a law, it's like pulling teeth to change it, even if it's a bad idea, so many laws like this would be nearly impossible to change to comply with constitutional rules or even common sense.

Beware of letting them make new laws, you might get them.

Comment by H3xx on September 25, 2013 at 9:30pm

If I were elected president, I'd probably become the first American dictator, fix all the problems, and then step down and hold new elections by the time the first four year term was complete. Sure, they'd flay me alive on Fox "news" but who cares, I've got work to do.

Comment by Warren on September 25, 2013 at 9:38pm

But would you actually step down? And, the moment you did, if you did, the "weeds" would start to grow again. But it would be a much needed reset of the system.

Also, everyone has a different take on what the problems are.

Comment by SteveInCO on September 26, 2013 at 2:15am

Also, everyone has a different take on what the problems are.

And what the fixes are.

Of course when government passes a law, it's like pulling teeth to change it, even if it's a bad idea, so many laws like this would be nearly impossible to change to comply with constitutional rules or even common sense.

This is why I found an idea I read in a Heinlein book intriguing.  Have two houses of the legislature.  It takes a 2/3rds vote of one house, and the president's signature to pass a law.  The other house can repeal laws with a 1/3rd vote and NO presidential signature.

If a law doesn't start with, and maintain, the support of 2/3rds of the population, it's probably bullshit and needs to go away,.  This arrangement would help ensure that.

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