“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” St. Matthew 22:21
It was quietly noted a few weeks ago that Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has declined to endorse an Obama administration plan to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. His predecessor, Jacob Lew, saw honoring the great antislavery hero as the first step in redressing a historic imbalance in the way we have honored national heroes. The $20 bill was a convenient place to start, as Andrew Jackson has come under fire in recent years for his slaveholding and for his decision to forcibly remove Indians to the West along the infamous Trail of Tears.
But Andrew Jackson also happens to be one of President Trump’s personal heroes. The President honors Jackson as a brave soldier, and a symbol of democracy, the first true man of the people to be elected to our nation’s highest office. The president laid a wreath at Jackson’s tomb as part of the 250th anniversary celebration of his birth and has hung a painting of him in the Oval Office. You can be sure that Old Hickory won’t be leaving the currency on his watch.
The debate over the $20 bill has caused some impassioned repartee, at least among the sort of people who frequent the Facebook page of this former history major.