Many years ago, when my country was young, the founders created a Great Seal and adopted the motto "E Pluribus Unum" in 1782. What does that phrase mean? It means, in Latin, "out of the many, one." They recognized, even then, that honoring our diversity and respecting everyone's contribution to our nation made us stronger.
Then what happened? Let me tell you.
Back in the 1950s, during the Red scare and the start of the Cold War, our country decided to set ourselves apart from communism and its atheism and adopted an official motto, "In God We Trust." By order of President Eisenhower in 1956, this new motto replaced "E Pluribus Unum," which had never been made the official motto by law.
I think that, during these difficult times, we need to go back to "E Pluribus Unum." And we need to make it the motto for every person everywhere. Why? Because if we recognize and honor the contribution of every person and every tradition and every ethnicity, we become stronger. The opposite -- to push away others who are different -- creates ill-will on both sides, and this creates instability and chaos. We need to open our hearts and minds and honor the best of what everyone has to offer.
I honor you. We honor each other. From many, we can be one.
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