Barton and Company Furious Over Woman on $10 Bill

The Treasury Department says it’s going to put a woman’s face on the $10 bill when they are redesigned in 2020 and much of the right wing is quite upset over it. David Barton brought Quin Hillyer of the National Review on his show and they threw quite a little hissy fit over it.

“I think there is something worse afoot,” he said. “You combine this with all sort of other things they’ve done and it looks to me like they literally want to erase our history, especially the respect in which our founding is held. They want to remake this country; in fact, as Obama said, to transform America and you don’t transform America from what it was without trying to erase what it was. And part of the erasure involves making everybody forget what the values were, what the principles were that guided our founding. And so they want to destroy respect for those values and principles and this is part of that mission.”

“People really do need to get outraged and stay outraged about this,” Hillyer continued, “because this isn’t just about a face on a bill, this is about maintaining, preserving, respecting, honoring the history, the good history of the greatest nation ever created on earth.”

For his part, Barton claimed that adding a woman to the $10 bill would “denigrate” the Department of Treasury and, by extension, our entire economic system, while co-host Rick Green declared that such a move would be “bad news for the history of our country.”

Yes, yes, yes, it would destroy American history because, obviously, no woman has ever done anything important enough to be recognized in the entire 230 year history of the country. A single woman’s face among all those men on our currency is an outrage and a threat to the very foundation of the country. Probably all part of a Kenyan Muslim communist plot too. What must it be like to go through life this terrified of…well, everything.

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  • Sastra

    “People really do need to get outraged and stay outraged about this,” Hillyer continued, “because this isn’t just about a face on a bill, this is about maintaining, preserving, respecting, honoring the history, the good history of the greatest nation ever created on earth.”

    Besides, you go put a woman’s face on money and The Wife is gonna start spending it like it’s all hers and there’s no tomorrow, amirite?

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    Worse still, Obama wants to put Hillary on the bill! (and call it the Clinton Bill!!!!111) And the back would depict Hillary shooting bin Laden. They want to re-write history!! Worser still, they want to transform it…into herstory!!1111

  • John Pieret

    Barton claimed that adding a woman to the $10 bill would “denigrate” the Department of Treasury and, by extension, our entire economic system

    He’s right! Those female cooties would denigrate the Department of Treasury into a bunch of pussies and our economy would be constantly going into a nosedive at “that time of the month”!

  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    But if it’s a “hot” babe…..

  • scienceavenger

    WTF does having a woman’s picture on some money have to do with erasing history and forgetting the values and principles of the country’s founding? I guess the we-can’t-allow-gay-marriage-because-children-deserve-a-mom-and-dad mentality that randomly matches a thing they don’t want and a value we all share is catching. I guess we can look forward to arguments like “Obamacare should be repealed because puppies deserve love” any day now.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I told you this would happen after you “men” gave women the Franchise! Our money should reflect the Values and History of the Founding Fathers: Owning black people and murdering Indians! And if you put a broad on the bill, it’ll only be worth 77% of a man bill! Etc!

  • marcus

    While they’re at it they should also take the face of that genocidal maniac Andrew Jackson (*spits*) off the twenty.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Didn’t the Netherlands put (former) Queen Beatrix on their currency?

    Don’t liberals carry on about the Netherlands being threatened by rising ocean levels?

    Why can’t they Connect The Dots?

  • BeyondUnderstanding

    Although, I’d like to suggest, instead, putting a woman on the 20. Why is everyone always looking to replace Alexander Hamilton? He created the national bank. How about replacing that genocidal ass-hat Jackson instead?

  • ‘smee

    BeyondUnderstanding @ 9: It’s nothing to do with not wanting to change the twenty, it’s simply that the ten is due for an update in any case (for additional security measures) so it’s opportune. The twenty was changed recently, and changing it again would be a waste of government resources. The treasury isn’t made of money, you know!

  • cgm3

    I wonder how Mr. Barton, et. al., would respond to the question: “Well, exactly what is Alexander Hamilton remembered for, other than the duel with Aaron Burr?”

  • Courtney Simpson

    What percentage of these tantrums can be explained almost entirely by projection?

    Outside of the problem of Barton’s books being full of lies passed off as “facts” by “a historian.” Because it seems to me like the group who is consistently in favor of pretending people outside a very small group of white men had no role in the founding or building of the United States is much more actively erasing history than people who are like “hey maybe a person not in that group who also did some important stuff deserves representation in what amounts to part of our national iconography.”

  • sugarfrosted

    I’m more offended that Andrew Jackson is still going to be on the $20. I guess for diversity we need a genocidal maniac on the $20.

  • Loqi

    Ironic, isn’t it, that the right wing wants to venerate Hamilton, father of the national banking system, while simultaneously wanting to abolish that very system for reasons?

  • blf

    So when is a black person — Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and George Washington Carver all immediately spring to mind — going to be put on a note?

    (It occurs to me just now that putting Mr Carver on the 1$ note would mean you be able to tell the complaining loons “George Washington is still on the 1$ note”.)

  • marcus

    @ ^ Frederick Douglass on the twenty!

  • kaelik

    I don’t even care that Andrew Jackson is a genocidal maniac* I care that he is the guy who made it his life’s mission to destroy the National Reserve. Why are we honoring him on money of all places? Give him exhibits in museums or whatever, but Hamilton championed the Bank, and Jackson sought its destruction. If you have to pick one of those guys to not be on money, let it be Jackson.

    *Okay, in general I do care, but I recognize that unfortunately I am in the minority on this issue, so I choose to argue based on the thing I think I can convince people should make the decision for them.

  • DrewN

    American money could use some colour in addition to diversity. The Canadian $5 is bright blue & features space robots.

  • Michael Heath

    I’m also in the chorus outraged anyone would want to remove Alexander Hamilton from our currency. I’m also in the chorus that’s eager to add an authentic hero to the $20 that’s not a white man, and remove that evil scoundrel that’s on there now.

  • eric

    blf – Tubman would qualify for the new $10. And if they picked her, we’d get an Outrage Machine twofer!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    DrewN “The Canadian $5 is bright blue & features space robots.”

    Worse, their so-called “money” all has some broad on it!

  • Knight in Sour Armor

    I’d rather not remove Hamilton on the tenner myself. Too bad the twenty won’t be getting changed, but at least we’ll see a woman’s face for once on a bill. What’s the status on the $50? Grant was pretty shit too on the corruption front.

  • Who Cares

    @Pierce R. Butler(#8):

    Didn’t the Netherlands put (former) Queen Beatrix on their currency?

    Don’t liberals carry on about the Netherlands being threatened by rising ocean levels?

    Why can’t they Connect The Dots?

    We did that is how we ended up with the princes on the bill. Noticed the sea level rise and in reaction to that we put her on the 2 euro coin.

  • Who Cares

    uh replace bill with coin.

  • StevoR

    Meh, we get the queen of England’s face on our coins on our Aussie currency.

    Least the US o f A could do would be to get Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth and Sally Ride on theirs.

  • Synfandel

    Modusoperandi @21, I’ve never before heard Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier called “some broad.”

  • gadfly47

    cgm3

    I’m sure Barton could come up with a big set of lies about how Hamilton was a fundamentalist xian who argued in the Federalist Papers that this nation was a theocracy inspired by Moses and the Constitution was personally written by Jesus so everyone should support it.

  • http://www.clanfield.net janiceintoronto

    @21 Modusoperandi: back up and try again.

    $100.00 Robert Borden

    $50.00 William Lyon Mackenzie King

    $10.00 John A. McDonald

    $5.00 Wilfrid Laurier

    The Queen is on the $20.00

  • mikeym

    Hamilton’s a hero because he got killed in a duel. I like people who kill the other guy in a duel.

  • Synfandel

    janiceintoronto @28 wrote:

    The Queen is on the $20.00

    Or, as it’s known in the US, the $15.47.

  • http://www.clanfield.net janiceintoronto

    Well, this week anyway…

  • http://www.clanfield.net janiceintoronto

    #29 mikeym

    “Hamilton’s a hero because he got killed in a duel. I like people who kill the other guy in a duel.”

    Mike! Snap out of it!!! Give yourself a slap! You’re channeling Trump again.

    Take a deep breath and focus…

  • caseloweraz

    Richardelguru: But if it’s a “hot” babe…..

    They’d be all for it if it were a Republican hot babe — specifically Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann or Katherine Harris, to name a few. Of course those three would never qualify, primarily because they’re still among the living.

    It’s not really the fact that a woman is being proposed that upsets them; it’s the nature of the women being proposed: Harriet Tubman, Sally Ride, Rachel Carson, etc. — all liberal women, environmentalists, African-Americans, lesbians, female Supreme Court Justices, feminists…

  • caseloweraz

    For his part, Barton claimed that adding a woman to the $10 bill would “denigrate” the Department of Treasury and, by extension, our entire economic system, while co-host Rick Green declared that such a move would be “bad news for the history of our country.”

    Yes, how dare they smudge and besmirch and defile America’s grand and glorious traditions by putting the picture of a lady on our currency? Especially this lady!

  • eric

    Personally I’d like to see some Native Americans get paper love rather than being relegated to coins. Sacajawea dollars were a failure, and no, a bison doesn’t really count (hey, let’s memorialize all the European settler’s contributions to the country…with a horse). Let’s see Sitting Bull replace Jackson. Heh.

    The advantage here is that the far right can’t complain about this being some new sort of schtick or liberal invention, since the tradition of honoring the native americans in some form or other on our money goes back to the early 1800s.

  • whheydt

    Just tell Barton & Co. that it’s a historic woman now, or Hilary Clinton in about 30 years and see which they pick.

    As for me…I think the way to really get their panties in a twist would be to put Sally Hemmings on the $10.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Synfandel “Modusoperandi @21, I’ve never before heard Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier called ‘some broad.'”

    He makes for a handsome woman.

     

    janiceintoronto “@21 Modusoperandi: back up and try again.

    $100.00 Robert Borden

    $50.00 William Lyon Mackenzie King

    $10.00 John A. McDonald

    $5.00 Wilfrid Laurier

    The Queen is on the $20.00”

    You have paper money now? All I’ve seen is Canadian coins, comin’ over here and mixin’ in my pocket with our real money.

    Also, you’re wrong. Going from lowest to highest, it’s Tom Green, Rick Green, Graham Greene and Lorne Greene.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    I’ve never before heard Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier called “some broad.”

    Synfandel, that’s because you were never invited to any of his parties.

    The wing-nuts do have a point though. If you put a woman on the currency Saudi Arabia might no longer be allowed by their religion to sell us oil.

    My solution to this soon-to-be energy crisis would be to put a gay man on the $10 bill. Harvey Milk would be a good choice. NOT doing so would be erasing history.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    @blf

    So when is a black person — Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and George Washington Carver all immediately spring to mind — going to be put on a note?

    Harriet Tubman may well end up being the pick for the $10. She was the winner of the “Winner on 20s” internet campaign earlier this year.

  • Lady Mondegreen

    ^That should read, “Women on 20s.”

  • lofgren

    Everybody is so eager to replace Jackson on the $20, but can you think of a genocidal madwoman to replace her? Face it, when it comes to genocides, American men have always been the orchestrator.

  • StevoR

    @ ^ lofgren : Maragaret Thatcher maybe?

  • Synfandel

    @37 Modusoperandi:

    You have paper money now?”

    There’s still some in circulation, but all the bills being produced now are polymer. It gives new meaning to paying with plastic.

  • dingojack

    Jane Toppan (1857-1938) claimed her aim was ‘to have killed more people – helpless people – than any other man or woman who ever lived’ — she killed 31.

    Delphine LaLaurie (c1775-c1842) liked to torture and kill her slaves up in the attic of her New Orleans house.

    Genene Jones (1950-) may have killed up to 60 children and infants in her care as a Vocational Nurse at an Intensive Paediatric Hospital.

    Belle Gunness (1859-1908?) killed several suitors, husbands and own children for the insurance money. In all she may have killed 40 persons.

    Bertha Gifford (1872-1951) used her love of cooking, caring for the sick and poisons to kill perhaps 17 people in her own community.

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    Synfandel – an Australian innovation BTW.

    1988 AUD10.00 — obverse / reverse

    Dingo

  • dingojack

    oops — reverse

    [sorry about that]

    Dingo

  • Childermass

    I think that Alexander Hamilton should stay on the ten. It is fitting that the man who put a new nation on a sound financial footing should be on the money. Put the woman on the twenty which as others here have pointed out is currently occupied by a genocidal maniac. The twenty is also a bit of a higher profile bill anyways: as anyone who has ever cashiered for more than a week can tell you, the twenty is far more common than the ten.