To the Editor:

A recent letter to the editor declared our national motto meaningless. A quick review of American history reveals the reasoning behind the mottos “In God We Trust” and the first national motto “E Pluribus Unum” Out of Many, One).

E Pluribus Unum referred to the union between the states and federal government.

In 1956 Congress made several legislative actions to differentiate the US from atheistic communism, thus the motto “In God We Trust” was adopted and is the current national motto.

Neither of these mottos were referring to immigration.

“Make America Great Again” is not a motto, but a campaign slogan (an historical review of Presidential campaigns and a dictionary would be helpful). Ronald Reagan used a similar slogan in 1980 and Bill Clinton used the phrase in speeches in 1992 and again in 2008 during a radio commercial for Hillary’s primary presidential campaign.

President Trump’s “slogan” inspired a nation that was in decline. We are a nation of immigrants — legal immigrants. America welcomes all who come here legally and truly wish to contribute to this wonderful country. We are a nation of laws — follow them. America is finally regaining respect in the world. No embarrassing and degrading apology tours with this presidency. Pride, respect and patriotism are once again meaningful qualities of an american.

Barbara Stadler