Saturday, December 31, 2011

Santorum Errs on National Motto

At a campaign stop today in Ottumwa, Iowa, Rick Santorum said: "When I was at Osky [Oskaloosa, Iowa]. I reminded everybody of what the motto is of this country:  E Pluribus Unum, `out of many, one.'"  (See video below.)


Although that phrase appears on the Great Seal of the United States, it is not the national motto.  Since 1956, the official national motto has been "In God We Trust."


Two things make Santorum's error noteworthy.  First, he is seeking support from religious conservatives.  Second, after President Obama made a similar mistake, congressional Republicans criticized him, and later secured House approval of a resolution reaffirming "In God We Trust" as the national motto.