I guess they couldn’t announce that they were putting Hillary on the $10 bill as the first female President because she isn’t dead. This also ruled out such equally worthy possibilities as Sandra Fluke, Gabrielle Giffords, Mattress Girl, Caitlyn Jenner and, of course, Michelle.
Yesterday’s announcement by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was inevitable the second a feminist started lobbying for it. Never mind that that her effort was ignorant and self-refuting: the list she generated of women proposed as potential faces on the currency contained none whose historical contributions to the nation come within miles of the achievements of Alexander Hamilton, Andrew Jackson, George, Tom, Abe and Ben. Some of the women—Patsy Mink?—are footnotes at best, one (Margaret Sanger) balanced her leadership of the birth control movement with ugly advocacy of white supremacy and eugenics, and one of the most qualified candidates, Abigail Adams, didn’t make the list at all.
In a year in which President Obama’s party is trying to justify running a corrupt, unqualified, untrusted candidate for President on the sole justification that she has a vagina, nothing was going to stop his administration from putting someone on a bill for the same “reason,” as well as the other reasons, affirmative action, cynical group identification politics, and trying to deflect attention from this crew’s utter incompetence in matters of national interest and substance.
For example, the week has been filled with the jaw-dropping story of how the Office of Personnel Management was hacked by China as a result of utter, unforgivable management incompetence. You know, like the utter, unforgivable management incompetence (or worse) at Justice, HHS, the Secret Service, the IRS, the Veterans Administration, Homeland Security, the TSA, Hillary’s State Department and others—I don’t want to rub it in by running the whole list. You can read about the OPM calamity here, here, here , here and here for a start, then watch this to clear your palatte, as in throwing up.
To be clear, I don’t particularly care who or what is on our currency. I could argue for placing Babe Ruth, Marilyn Monroe, Thomas Edison, Elvis or Mickey Mouse on our money. We’ve had women honored on money before: Martha Washington was on a bill long ago, and Pocahontas, who deserved the honor about as much as Patsy Mink. What is annoying is the embrace of the entire affirmative action mindset by an administration that owes its disastrous existence—race relations are going well, don’t you think?— to that mindset, the tangible embodiment of the unethical principle that actual ability, character, industry, success, demonstrable accomplishments and experience are all less important than artificial “equality” measured by sanctified group membership.
The Obama adminstration does this sort of thing to send thrills up the thighs of its auto-pilot supporters and target voting blocs, calculating that such empty and nakedly pandering gestures carry more weight with them than such trivialities as transparency, honesty, accountability, foreign affairs competence, budget management, or effective governing in general.
The horrible reality is, their calculations are correct.