U.S. Currency Goes PC – Harriet Tubman Displaces Old Hickory
The Democratic Party is poised to change the name of its annual fundraisers from The Jefferson and Jackson Day Dinners to the Harriet Tubman and the Artist Formerly Known as Prince Day Dinners, where crow will be served to atone for the sins of slavery and misogyny and celebrate the triumph of racial- and gender-identity politics over reality.
Not really. But the $20 bill is about to get a pc makeover, with Harriet Tubman, an obscure figure in U.S. history (an escaped slave who aided the Underground Railroad), replacing the 7th president of the United States, a man who gave his name to an era – the Age of Jackson.
Due to popular demand (from the White House and the Democratic Party’s core constituencies) other changes are in store for our currency, including feminist block parties on the backs of $5 and $10 bills. Can Margaret Sanger doing the Charleston with Rosie O’Donnell be far off?
The changes were announced with much fanfare last week by Treasury Secretary Jacob L. Lew, whose job I thought it was help the president to screw up the economy, not to rewrite history.
As a headline in a Washington Post blog admits, “If you have no idea who Harriet Tubman is, you’re not alone.”
Andrew Jackson’s life is the stuff of legend. Born dirt poor to Irish immigrant parents (the first president of humble origins), he served in the Revolutionary Army at age 14. Taken prisoner, he took a saber-cut across the face when he refused to polish the boots of a British officer – a scar he carried for the rest of his life, which seared nationalism into his soul.
A self-educated, frontier lawyer and judge, he became a plantation owner and fought duels (including one with a man who’d publicly insulted his wife). He rose to national prominence as the hero of the Battle of New Orleans where his ragtag army of 4,500 militia, Indians, freed slaves, frontiersmen and pirates defeated 8,000 British regulars, many seasoned veterans of the Napoleonic wars.
He served two terms as president, but won the popular vote three times. The first president from West of the Alleghenies, Jackson represented the triumph of the common man in national politics, a development which appalled the Eastern elites of his day. His home, the Hermitage in Nashville, has more than 180,000 visitors annually and tours in five foreign languages.
From Virginia to Oregon, 43 cities and counties in 26 states are named after him – not to mentions schools, parks and army bases. He took the first steps toward bringing both Florida and Texas into the Union, stood for money backed by gold and silver and opposed nullification (a move toward secession).
Of the 13 polls of historians and political scientists taken between 1948 and 2009, most ranked Jackson among the top 10 presidents.
This giant is now reviled as a slave owner (so were four of the first five presidents) who committed atrocities against American Indians. His detractors neglect to mention that he adopted two Indian children, one a ten-month-old found on a battlefield in the arms of his dead mother. As an orphan himself, he could relate.
If humane treatment of racial minorities is the hallmark of greatness, what’s Franklin Delano Roosevelt doing on a dime? In far more enlightened times, he put 110,000 Japanese-Americans in internment camps – 62% of them U.S. citizens.
The New York Times explained the absurdity in an April 20th story, where the establishment’s bulletin board gloated: “But the broader remaking of the nation’s paper currency, which President Obama welcomed (try orchestrated) on Wednesday, may well have captured a historical moment for a multicultural, multiethnic and multiracial nation moving contentiously through the early years of a new century.”
The mutation of our paper money represents the triumph of symbolism over substance. One nation under God, RIP. Welcome to the tribal America of the 21st. century.
The Democratic Party has destroyed the black family (73% of African-Americans are born out-of-wedlock). Its latest big idea is giving sexual predators access to ladies’ rooms, in the name of equality. But, it’s putting the face of a black woman on a $20 bill.
At the risk of committing a capital offense, let me state what should be obvious: American history was made by white males, who were overwhelmingly Christian.
Until the current mixed-race occupant of the White House, every president was a male Caucasian – as were overwhelming majorities of Congress and every Supreme Court Justice until 1967.
White males established our nation, forged our identity, fought and won our wars and built our economy. Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and the Wright Brothers didn’t just identify as men, but actually were men.
And it was white males who ended slavery in 1865 and gave women the vote in 1920.
The faces on our currency reflect the reality of American history. They represent individual achievement, not interest-group pandering. George Washington isn’t on a $1 bill because he was a farmer. Lincoln’s face doesn’t grace a fiver because he was born in poverty. On a $10 note, Alexander Hamilton doesn’t represent immigrants who were born out of wedlock.
The next president will take office on January 20, 2017. The new $20 bill won’t be in circulation until 2020 at the earliest.
The Times reports that Secretary Lew “expressed confidence that his successors would not veto the currency makeover. ‘I don’t think somebody’s going to probably want to do that – to take the image of Harriet Tubman off our money.'”
His smug self-assurance is well-founded. When the left goes eyeball to eyeball with Republicans, you know who’s going to blink first.
Since Republicans live in abject fear of being called racist or sexist, the smart money isn’t on a rescue of Old Hickory.
First published at GrasstopsUSA.com
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