For once, last week President Obama may have done something right.
His administration announced that it’s replacing the image of a Democratic segregationist slave-owner on the $20 bill with that of a Second Amendment loving, gun-toting freedom-loving Republican.
On Wednesday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced the change from Andrew Jackson on the face of the $20 to former slave Harriet Tubman, noting that she helped free hundreds of slaves via the Underground Railroad.
But it was what he didn’t say that was most interesting.
Daniel John Sobieski observed additional facets of Tubman’s life in American Thinker, with an assist of her biographer, Kate Clifford Larson.
“Harriet Tubman carried a small pistol with her on her rescue missions, mostly for protection from slave catchers, but also to encourage weak-hearted runaways from turning back and risking the safety of the rest of the group,” he wrote. “Tubman carried a sharp-shooters rifle during the Civil War.”
Tubman’s possession of firearms fits in well with the founding of the National Rifle Association.
Three years ago a group of black conservatives gathered at a press conference to voice their support for the NRA. One of them was Harry C. Alford, CEO of the Black Chamber of Commerce.
“The National Rifle Association was founded by white religious leaders who wanted to protect free slaves from the Ku Klux Klan,” Alford said.
Tubman was also a Republican — just like all African-Americans during Reconstruction. After all, they owed their freedom to the party of Lincoln.
“The first woman on United States bank notes will be the famous abolitionist and Republican Harriet Tubman, Politico reported, noted Sobieski. “She will give the boot to the nation’s sixth president and a major figure in the Democratic Party, Andrew Jackson, on the $20 bill, and save the founder of the nation’s financial system, Alexander Hamilton, from being kicked off the $10 bill.”
It quickly assumed viral status, garnering over 7,800 “likes,” 3,600 “shares” and 1,900 comments.
Her reasoning is probably best expressed in her own words, which, according to National Review, have a distinct “Live free or die” bent.
“I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.”
National Review noted that in addition to firearms, Tubman was often seen with a pearl-handled sword.