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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

4/20 -- It's All About The Hamiltons, Baby!

Today at about 1:00pm eastern time, the Treasury Department announced that they will be putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. Probably some will rail about this, but I am not one of them. 

Andrew Jackson was arguably insane, and inarguably violent and unstable. He hated paper money. 
Tubman was a courageous, smart woman, who made a life's work of helping people. She will not be the first non-POTUS to grace our currency. Interestingly, they plan to leave Jackson's portrait on the back. This is some interesting balance: Jackson was a slave-owner. Tubman was a slaver liberator. 

What cracks me up is that this is a distinct departure from the previously-announced plan, to replace Hamilton on the $10 bill with a woman. Hamilton's popularity has recently surged due to a currently-popular historical/biographical/fictional Broadway rap musical about Hamilton. (Reportedly, there will be on the back of the $5 bill a picture of African-American classical singer Marian Anderson singing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and there will be notable female suffrage leaders in a march on the back of the $10 bill.)

The announcement came on 4/20, which is a sacred day for pot-smokers, who traditionally revere 4:20 as a time when they spark up. This makes me think of the Samberg/Parnell SNL video of the Chronic*(What?)les Of Narnia

Yo, reach in my pocket, pull out some dough
Girl acted like she'd never seen a ten befo'
It's all about the Hamilton's, baby
Throw the snacks in the bag
And I'm a ghost like Swayze
Roll up to the theater, ticket buyin'
What we're handlin', you can call us Aaron Burr
From the way we're droppin' Hamiltons.
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*If you're in the know, kids during the early 2K0s were using the term "chronic" for marijuana. Basically, the entire SNL video is a nod to how people who smoke a lot of weed get snack attacks and focus on silly esoteric issues.

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5 Comments:

At Wednesday, April 20, 2016 10:02:00 PM, Blogger ZerCool said...

Tubman. Not Stowe. ;)

 
At Saturday, April 23, 2016 12:57:00 PM, Anonymous Les said...

I like Andrew Jackson. Like many American Heroes, he is being trashed today; can't have American heroes. That is, unless they are selected by our elite, and carefully vetted for an appearance of political correctness; past that, no one will investigate the sainted selectees. No one, now or then would trash Andrew Jackson to his face. Folks didn't say bad things about his wife either, for any length of time. He led the Americans who repulsed the British invasion of New Orleans against enormous odds. But he, like so many of the people who built this country and enabled it's survival, doesn't meet the new standards of perfection of today's vacuous, insulated, lotus eating society.
I don't know anything about Mrs. or Miss Tubman. But I do know something about the people who are now wanting to put her on our currency. I don't believe they are promoting her because of the virtues they are touting for her.

 
At Saturday, April 23, 2016 2:19:00 PM, Blogger Old NFO said...

Yep, Tubman, a gun toting Republican! :-)

 
At Monday, April 25, 2016 2:41:00 AM, Blogger Matt G said...

"I don't know anything about Mrs. or Miss Tubman. But I do know something about the people who are now wanting to put her on our currency. I don't believe they are promoting her because of the virtues they are touting for her."
Well, Les, now you do.

 
At Thursday, August 04, 2016 4:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Franklin, Hamilton and Lady liberty were not Presidents.

 

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