Why Can’t This Be Our National Motto? June 12, 2010

Why Can’t This Be Our National Motto?

Reader Nathan sent this image over:

It’s not the thing I usually expect to see on a pickup truck, but I love it!

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  • Florian


  • Brittany

    Love it!

  • Yay! That would be a great national motto.

  • Alex

    ‘ and hold each other accountable’

  • As a national motto I’d prefer “In Reason We Trust”

  • T Ray

    I’ve been considering:

    “One Nation over god”

    but that still gives too much consideration to imaginary friends.

  • Hey, some people own pick-up trucks for rational reasons. And in this case, that rationality has extended to coming up with a damn good motto to display. Kudos!

  • Kris

    I thought E pluribus unum was a quite good motto.

  • I agree with Kris. No problems with E pluribus unum. We should really switch to that.

  • I like ”in our nation” better; ” in each other” sounds a little corny to me. With the our country the way it is, do we really trust in each other. It would be nice if we did, but we don’t, so it doesn’t sound real.

  • Dan W

    E pluribus unum was the original national motto. We should go back to that.

  • plublesnork

    Would someone be kind enough to describe the image for those of us who are unable to see it?

    Thanks in advance!

  • “In Each Other We Trust”

    I think it’s absolutely perfect. Because at the end of the day, we are all we have. There is no god above us, no devil below us. From the beginning of time mankind has had to rely on one another to survive, to grow, to reach our full potential. It’s unfair that many want to give all of that credit to God. It’s been humans all the way down the whole time.

  • I think the country’s motto should be, “Your country sux.” If we can’t agree what our country is about then maybe we can all agree on xenophobia.

  • Trace

    Plubesnork: the image depitcs the back of a white pick up truck with the words “In Each Other We Trust” written on it (Gothic font).

    I hope this helps.

  • Valhar2000

    I don’t like this motto because it is a big fat lie, like that thing in the pledge of allegiance about America having liberty and justice for all, about as bald-faced a lie as you are ever likely to hear.

    You might say that we should promote this lie because it is a good one, but doesn’t that leave us in the same position as the Liars-for-Jesus?

    Something that is inspiring, and not transparent bullshit, like the E pluribus Unum thing, would be quite nice.

  • Epiz

    Yeah, I hate to be a spoilsport, but I agree with Valhar2000. To be honest I DON’T trust enough people around me to make that motto honest enough. Particularly with the religious issues that come up due to being an atheist.

    Also, I most definitely do not trust in the Nation either, the groupthink in USA does really stupid things, the media is awful, and the government cares more about corporate lobbies than it’s people.

    “In Reason We Trust”, as suggested above, sounds nice.

  • Robbo

    “not the thing I usually expect to see on a pickup truck”

    At Camp Pendleton, the big Marine base in Southern California, I saw a Marine’s pick-up truck that had on the back window: “God is just an imaginary friend for grown-ups.”

    Not only are there atheists in foxholes, there are even atheists in full-size pick-ups.

  • plublesnork

    Thanks for those who described the picture for me. Much appreciated.

  • L.Long

    No way because I’ve seen how trust worthy each of us aren’t!!
    ‘In g0d we trust’ is a good motto as I don’t trust anyone. When in the road I watch every driver around me to see how much S/He isn’t being trust-worthy in their driving. When being sold something I always look for the con-scam-or out right lie. So g0d is the only imaginary creature I trust.
    Yes I am a pessimist. By definition a pessimist is an optimist with a sense of reality.

  • That idea is great but I had something similar on my car a few years ago here in Brazil. It was written:

    I don’t need a god to be happy

    but for some reason a lot of people read this phrase instead:

    Please, scratch my car!

    Gotta love how “understanding” some belivers are towards other people that have different ideas -_-

  • From the rank emblem on the left side, he appears to be a US Marine Corporal with the 2nd Marine Division, out of Camp Lejeune, NC. Semper Fi brother!

  • Luther

    I don’t think it is honest, to paraphrase Lincoln: “You can trust some of the people some of the time, but you cannot trust all of the people all of the time”

    Maybe we could combine this with reason: “In reason we trust, which includes verifying”

  • Wow, I saw a FSM plaque on the back of a gigantic pickup truck this weekend. I was so very pleasantly surprised.

  • muggle

    Love it but yeah I’m not that trusting of others either.

    E pluribus unum still gets my vote. It’s what really the united states are about.

  • Jacob

    I have to disagree with the naysayers. We have to trust in each other, even if it’s trusting the people at the power plant to keep it up and running so I can go online and comment on funny pictures of bumper stickers.

    You’d be hard pressed to find someone who didn’t trust anyone.

  • I live in Austin, TX, a bastion of liberalism in a very red state. Here, we see Priuses with Palin stickers and Jesus fish and then ancient pickups with Obama or freethought stickers. I love the contradiction and am glad to see another example of it.

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