Saturday, June 1, 2019

The Color Of Money

Andrew Jackson is said to be one of Trump's favorite presidents. Dollars to donuts he can't name more than about ten of them altogether, and only boned up on Jackson when he learned that Obama wanted to have him replaced by Harriet Tubman on the twenty-dollar bill. Clearly this could not stand. Because Obama, number one. And number two, as Trump said upon seeing the proposed design, "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not s'posed ta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"

So Trump got someone to read him the Cliff's Notes on our seventh president, and he liked what he heard, and ordered his portrait hung in the Oval Office.

Even when he was running for president he weighed in on the issue, and while declaring Harriet Tubman a very fine woman, he thought she could just as easily dress up one of your lesser currencies, such as the Malawian kwacha. He said the whole idea of evicting Jackson from the twenty was a matter of pure political correctness, which is what people like him call correctness.

It is, however, a fine idea, and inspiring to many. Harriet Tubman was an exceptionally brave woman who was instrumental in establishing the Underground Railroad after she herself fled slavery. Jackson's reputation, on the other hand, has suffered a bit because he offends the delicate sensibilities of moderns who have been engaged in "rewriting" history, or stripping the propaganda out of it. And many of these people look askance at his enthusiastic embrace of slavery and his role in driving Native Americans out of their homeland on the so-called Trail of Tears so white people could take it. Slavery, extermination. Stuff like that.

Freakin' snowflakes ruin everything.

Trump, on the other hand, relates to Andrew Jackson, whom he regards, now that someone has whittled his Wikipedia entry down to 140 characters, as a populist tilting against the elites. There are resemblances. Jackson was said to be easily offended and something of a bully. He dabbled in real estate, dealing in particular with claims that had been set aside for the Cherokee and Chickasaw. He may have owned more than 300 slaves in his life and was not known for treating them well, advertising at one point that should any of them escape and be caught, he would offer "ten dollars extra, for every hundred lashes any person will give him, to the amount of three hundred." Clarifying later whilst on the stump, which was probably an actual stump, he said "Knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, okay. Just knock the hell--I promise you I will pay for the legal fees, I promise."

There are differences. Jackson was the only president who ever retired the national debt.

At any rate, we'll have to wait to see Harriet on our money. As Secretary of the Treasury and head pirate Steve Mnuchin put it, there's no way they can redesign the twenty before about 2028. It's just too complicated to do that and also work on other Treasury priorities, such as stripping consumer protections and rolling back financial market regulations, at the same time. Simply impossible. Makes Kennedy's moon shot gambit look like a stroll in the Rose Garden. "It is my responsibility now to focus on what is the issue of counterfeiting and the security features," Mnuchin said, by which he means "Trump said there ain't gonna be a nigger on the twenty while he's still President."

Where'd all those dogs come from?


21 comments:

  1. You can get a Harriet Tubman rubber stamp to use on your own $20 bills (It is legal, and not considered defacement). I tried to publish a link, and that didn't work, but you can Google Harriet Tubman rubber stamp for $20 bill.

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    1. I've been wondering how long it would be before I see one in circulation.

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  2. Do you think that your use of the n-word might get you slammed back in FB jail again? :)

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    1. Only if someone complains. I don't think Facebook cares about me one way or t'other. I use it judiciously. I haven't a doubt in my mind that this is the true story.

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    2. Wait... what? The last I heard was that FB considered your blog persona non grata. Did they recant? I don't do FB, so I have no way of knowing, but I like to keep up with my kindred spirits.

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    3. Ooh! Did Farcebook send you to the Naughty Corner? You'll be getting a visit from the Smack Fairy next! (And that would be the English nanny's kind of smack, administered with a hair brush, not a line of coke sniffed up a $20 bill, with whomever's image on it.)

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    4. Smack fairy! Yes, I was in FB jail for a few days. We are assuming an individual complained. It's all working now.

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  3. Sigh. His pettiness and self obsession (teamed with way too much power) frighten me. Badly.

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    1. It wouldn't cost the man a damn thing to let HT adorn the twenty. Apparently you can't keep a good asshole down.

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  4. Canada released a new $10 bill last fall with a Nova Scotia black heroine on it (Viola Desmond). You can see it here: https://www.bankofcanada.ca/banknotes/vertical10/

    I don't know how long it took to go from idea to printing, but surely the US shouldn't let Canada get ahead of it in the forward-thinking department, tsk tsk . . . but it's funny how that idea has no appeal for the current administration.

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    1. Sssshhhhhh.... Don't mention Canada being more progressive, or the next thing you know he'll want to put up a wall on the northern border as well!

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    2. He briefly threatened a border wall with Canada until someone told him our border is 5,525 miles long and comprises some of the most rugged territory known to man. Besides people, mostly your darker immigrants, are pouring out of the US into Canada at a rapid clip, so he wouldn't want to do anything to discourage that!

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    3. I always figured it would be Canada that would put up the wall.

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  5. I don't recognise the people on our own folding money, never mind yours, and recently one of ours got changed I think. I sure do hope you never have to look at Trump on your folding money.

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  6. Mexico has two women on currencies. One's an artist (Frida Kahlo) and the other's a writer (Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz). Imagine the US putting an artist or writer on money, let alone a female or - god forbid - a non-white person. We need an artistic female black/brown/tan/red/yellow writer on an important currency in order to beat Mexico.

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    1. No shortage of those to pick from. I'm not sure what the requirements are here. I know the person has to be dead.

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