By Daniel T. Weaver
NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to add the Latin phrase “e pluribus unum” which means “out of many, one” to the New York State seal and flag. E pluribus unum is the motto of the United States and appears on paper money and the great seal and was approved by congress in 1782. The NYS flag already contains the Latin word excelsior meaning ever upward. It is hard to imagine–in fact it is unimaginative to add the US motto to the NYS flag. If Cuomo were to add a new Latin phrase to the NYS flag why not something original? But why add something new at all? What’s the reason for it?
According to Cuomo in his State of the State Address, “In this term of turmoil, let New York state remind the nation of who we are. Let’s add ‘E Pluribus Unum’ to the seal of our state and proclaim at this time the simple truth that without unity, we are nothing.”
But how many people really look closely at the NYS seal and flag? How many people look at the money in their wallet and contemplate the “e pluribus unum” stamped on it? How many people look at it and wonder what it means? Will changing the flag really play a role in creating unity? And what has Andrew Cuomo done to create unity in NYS? Among other things, he has deliberately insulted millions of residents by saying that conservatives are not welcome in the state.
Even some Democrats are opposed to the change. I concur with Democratic Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara who posted the following on facebook that changing the flag is an unnecessary and costly change.
“Here we go again! We’ve seen bridges renamed, license plates redesigned and now a proposal to change our state flag. New York has a $6.1 billion dollar budget gap and the governor just can’t stop with his pet projects. People are not interested in changing the state flag! Anyone who is paying attention would know they are interested in PUBLIC SAFETY and KEEPING MORE OF THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY!”
With a continual loss of population, “ever upward” is no longer a representative motto for the state. Andrew Cuomo has not been able to turn that around. The state’s finances are on an ever downward spiral as well.
Maybe what NYS needs is not a new flag or a new motto but a new governor.
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