The story goes something like this. A high school student in Vermont, who is studying the great Latin language (a personal lament of mine that we did not have such available at my high school). Anyway, she felt like Vermont, who has an English language state motto, needed to, like most other states and indeed the great United States itself, needed a Latin motto as well…She reached out to a state senator, who also liked the idea. And after a bit of going back a forth a suitable Latin motto was settled on and it was solicited for comments. A couple of important points are needed here for clarification. First, the English motto was not being replaced and molested in any way. The Latin motto proposed actually has a historical root in Vermont’s own state history.
On to the comments, found within the article that a friend shared with me via Facebook… It was not clear to me to in general what ratio the comments come in, but it is clear to me that Vermont is a rival to our own commonwealth (Kentucky) in the uneducated department.
The general tone of the comments that were presented in the article were that people did not want any Mexican, Central or South American mottos for the state as that state, in general is American – and we only need an American motto there. As if that was not enough, read through the comments. The general lack of a firm grasp of English (not American mind you) by most of the commentors was just appalling and certainly put them in contention with the most backward speaking places in Kentucky.
** – Image of the Seal of the United States.