An effort is under way to take Alexander Hamilton off the $10 bill, where he has been since 1929.
Why? What did he do to disgrace himself? He was an honorable man who served the nation well in the Revolutionary War and worked as Secretary of the Treasury to pay off the nation's debts.
If we want to add women to paper money, fine. Add them. But you can keep Hamilton too. Women on paper money is no big deal. We already have had Martha Washington $1 bills. Pocahontas $20 bills.
Just as with the Equal Pay Act, liberals are trying to reinvent the wheel. Equal pay has been the law of the land for more than 50 years and yet these dolts keep talking about it.
America has had paper money throughout its history, but it was not until the Civil War that federal government got in on the act with a dollar that featured Lady Liberty. Various people and events have been depicted on bills over the years, including the Battle of Lexington.
This call for women on bills is based on liberal know-nothingism. They do no research, make a ridiculous claim, demand immediate change, and bully anyone who challenges them by calling them sexist or racist or homophobic.
Publisher Steve Forbes sees something sinister in this sudden rush to ditch Hamilton:
Why Hamilton Is Being Attacked.
Hamilton epitomizes qualities that have made America an exceptional nation. Born out of wedlock in the West Indies, he saw hard work as the way to escape the dead-end circumstances in which he was born. The West Indies’ product was sugar, which was produced by slaves. Hamilton grew up hating slavery, seeing it as part-and-parcel of a stagnant society where mobility was impossible. The idea of working and not being rewarded he found repellent. The system brought out the worst in human nature.
Hamilton saw sound money as the grease of upward mobility for people like him who weren’t born in privileged circumstances: It made you independent of powerful local families. It didn’t care what your background was. It gave you a priceless independence. Hamilton’s financial system did indeed open up opportunities for countless millions of people. While Thomas Jefferson envisaged an economy dominated by subsistence farmers and slaved-based plantations, Hamilton saw a commercially vibrant America whose dynamism would make it a font of innovation and a magnet for strivers from all around the world. The two views came to an ultimate collision with the Civil War.I am more inclined to believe liberals know nothing of Hamilton's work and figure he's an easy target to hit.
But why get rid of him? We had 50 state quarters. Why not a dozen $10 bills? Why pick among a few people? Why not a Britney Spears dollar bill?