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Once we hit QE XXVIII or Bitcoin takes off this may be moot, but I think we can do better with our currency. Why do we act like U.S. Grant and Ben Franklin are some sort of leader-gods out of ancient times? Frankly, I think most of the folks pictured on our coins and bills would be offended by the idea, (save FDR, who would probably argue he should be on a $500 bill).
How about we trade in our Hamiltons, Jacksons, and Franklins for money that pictures our ideals? I’m in no way suggesting that I want to replace dead Americans with made-up architectural renderings on monopoly money like they did with the Euro, but I’d ask that we go back to an earlier age where stylized versions of lady liberty graced the dollar. Wouldn’t this be a better message for our children? In a healthy republic leaders are not meant to be a modern aristocracy; they are supposed to be citizens who take a few years out of their business to work in government and then return home.
Changing symbolic pictures will obviously not eliminate the Weatherization Czar or cut off NPR’s funding, but I’m tired of accepting the other side’s premise on every issue. Instead of playing the “you have JFK on a coin so we want a Reagan toll way” game, we should deny the premise of the cult of personality. We are a republic of citizens governed by laws that are written by people, not a monarchy of subjects ruled by kings supposedly ordained by God. Why don’t we act like it?
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