Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Phony as a ten dollar bill 

Yes, the boing-eyed wingers are going to try to put Reagan's portrait on the $10 bill, replacing Alexander Hamilton:

"Hamilton was a nice guy and everything, but he wasn't president," says Grover Norquist, who heads the [Reagan] legacy project. But Hamilton was also a Revolutionary War hero, George Washington's chief of staff, an author of the Federalist Papers and a Treasury secretary who created many of the financial and economic systems that survive today.
(via USA Today)

Yes, it's completely in character for the wingers busily tearing up our Constitution in favor of a Presidential rule by decree (back would try to stuff an author of The Federalist Papers down the memory hole. Let's look at Hamilton's chapter, "The Real Power of the Executive," to see how far down the road to what Hamilton called tyranny we've come under the Nixon-Reagan-Bush death spiral of the Constitution:

The President of the United States would be an officer elected by the people for four years; the king of Great Britain is a perpetual and hereditary prince. The one would be amenable to personal punishment and disgrace; the person of the other is sacred and inviolable. The one would have a qualified negative upon the acts of the legislative body; the other has an absolute negative [if the President has the "inherent power" (back to set aside the law, that's an "absolute negative" and Bush is indeed a monarch]. The one would have a right to command the military and naval forces of the nation; the other, in addition to this right, possesses that of declaring war, and of raising and regulating fleets and armies by his own authority [In practice, whether through lies or a fait accompli, Bush has this power of a monarch as well]. The one would have a concurrent power with a branch of the legislature in the formation of treaties; the other is the sole possessor of the power of making treaties. [Bush, by abrogating the Geneva Convention, rules as a monarch here as well. Status of Forces agreements, made by the executive, could also be considered as important as treaties.] The one would have a like concurrent authority in appointing to offices; the other is the sole author of all appointments. [In National Security, then, Bush rules as a monarch.] The one can confer no privileges whatever; the other can make denizens of aliens, noblemen of commoners; can erect corporations with all the rights incident to corporate bodies. [Bush, by declaring that he can take citizenship away from US citizens, rules here as a monarch as well.] The one can prescribe no rules concerning the commerce or currency of the nation; the other is in several respects the arbiter of commerce, and in this capacity can establish markets and fairs, can regulate weights and measures, can lay embargoes for a limited time, can coin money, can authorize or prohibit the circulation of foreign coin. The one has no particle of spiritual jurisdiction; the other is the supreme head and governor of the national church [As Bush, who often tells us he is a Godly man, would like to do.]!
(via The Federalist Papers)

Yes, it's no wonder the wingers and the Reagan hagiographers would like you to forget Hamilton. And reading Hamilton's words remind me of the ripe irony that the wingers organized the coup against Clinton in part using the "elves" of the (so-called) Federalist Society.

One obvious remedy to this winger hoo-ha would be to boycott the Reagan $10 bill. One easy way to stand up to all this winger nonsense.

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