There’s a “New Preamble to the Constitution” that’s been going around for some time now. I got it in an e-mail years ago, and got it again last night. For the most part I agree with the sentiments expressed therein, but I have to take issue with “Article XI” tacked onto the end, almost as a politically-correct afterthought.
ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country’s history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!
Now first off I have to point out the obvious: removing “In God We Trust” from our currency does not in any way alter history.
Secondly, we do have the right to change our heritage. Or, more accurately, the heritage of following generations (changing our own heritage is impossible).
Thirdly, and here we come to the history fail, our country was founded in 1776. Or possibly in 1787 (if you count the Constitution as the defining document of our country). The phrase In God We Trust was added to the currency nearly 100 years later, in 1864. It became an official motto in my father’s lifetime (1956). So clearly, removing the words is, if anything, going back to our original heritage.
Lastly, the sentiment “if you don’t like it, tough” is completely un-American. Because, you see, we have a democracy. Or at least a constitutional republic which everybody likes to pretend is a democracy because that’s a much easier concept to grasp. If we don’t like something in America, we try to change it! That, my friends, is the essence of being American. It started back in 1773, at a tea party. If you are uncomfortable with that… well… you can’t change history. 🙂