On November 10, 2010, Obama delivered a speech, in which he mused on the glories of Islam among other topics, at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta. In the course of his pandering address, he changed America's motto from "In God We Trust" to "Out of Many, One." He intoned confidently, "In the United States, our motto is E pluribus unum…" Wrong.
Dismayed congressmen quickly contacted the White House to demand a correction. The White House refused. Congress then passed, 396-9, a bill reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the nation's motto -- a vote that an unapologetic Obama publicly belittled.
Obama's Freudian slip in Indonesia fit with his secularist project for the United States. He is working to build a country in which Americans place their trust not in God but in government. He can't rest until Americans recognize no higher power than his will.
Reflecting its master's wishes, the Democratic Party platform set out to be secularist. Journalist David Brody reported this week that a line from the 2008 platform was revised to drop any mention of God:
Late on Wednesday, party bosses, in a moment of farcical strongarming and PR-driven panic, forced booing delegates to revert to the 2008 language. But the party's true intentions had already been revealed. (emphasis Republic Heritage)
This is the paragraph that was in the 2008 platform:
"We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential."
Now the words "God-given" have been removed. The paragraph has been restructured to say this:
"We gather to reclaim the basic bargain that built the largest middle class and the most prosperous nation on Earth – the simple principle that in America, hard work should pay off, responsibility should be rewarded, and each one of us should be able to go as far as our talent and drive take us."
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