So, I got back from the store, turned on the TV and Chris Rock: Never Scared
was on. As I wander to the kitchen to put things away he finishes the rant he was on about how white people are allowed to make guns and shoot each other in public places with minimal backlash, but when a black person even uses the word "gun" in a song it results in a federal case. Frighntingly accurate for the most part, and one of the reasons I like Chris Rock.
Anyway, this is apparently part of a bigger rant about why people hate America. It then cascades into a bit that is very similar to something I have been saying for year. You see, this is why I need to journal more. So I can get my rants out (while trying to be funny) and look back historically to see when I sometimes beat comedians (or the Daily Show) to the punch on things (or at least become aware of their similar take on 'em). The next thing Chris Rock talks about is how we say we're a Christian nation but how week keep "god" out of everything except...off our money. He goes way beyond the stuff I say though.
What I have been saying for a quite a number of years is that the reason "In God We Trust" is on our money is because it's one of the few times those of us who supposedly believe in a god think about it. As we hand over that coveted piece of paper which carries so much value (unless it's up against the Euro) we get that last little reminder that, "Oh yeah...life is about something greater than myself. And DAMN if I won't look good driving into heaven in my Escalade!" Yeah, we're tools on that level.
Frankly I think putting "In God We Trust" on a dollar should be found as offensive to religious folks as...well...anything that they think is an offensive use of God's name (though isn't 'God' a title, not a name?). Of course that would never happen as it would reduce the perceived throttle hold some people believe certain groups have on our country. I think that applies to both believers and non-believers.
I guess I don't need to worry beyond goofy observations until they start trying to put such things on Credit Cards and Debit Cards.
Huh..."In God We Trust" is now the phrase on the main form of money used in non-traceable purchases. Maybe it is appropriate as those who use it like that gotta be having faith in something hoping they won't get busted.