By opening pointing out that the substitution – prospective substitution, I might add – of Harriet Tubman for Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill was “pure political correctness”, Donald Trump once again made it obvious why he is the most popular political choice of those who are most tired of the bullshit with which we’ve been inundated by the press and the government itself – his willingness to simply state the obvious. Whether or not this is all the Trump phenomena really is, the truth is that the recent announcement of the defacement of the bill is a cause of concern for reasons that are much scarier than Tubman’s face.
The choice of Tubman is of course an indication of how desperate the purveyors of such blatant cultural appropriation are for heroes. The replacement of Jackson by Tubman, for anyone who studies real history, is full of ironies. In fact the placement of Jackson on the bill was always either irony or cultural warfare for more sophisticated times; Jackson was the last President to successfully fight the powers behind private central banking, and he probably died thinking he had won the war instead of a battle. I’m sure he would have been spinning in his grave to find his picture on, of all things, a Federal Reserve Note not backed by gold. So perhaps by exorcising Jackson’s face from the bill, the demons who run the monetary system have unwitting freed his spirit and allowed him to move on.
Jackson’s legacy is indeed a mixed bag, but there is no doubt that he was a genuine hero of the War of 1812 and a lifetime true, as opposed to Trump, hero of the working men and women who built America. He would have agreed with Bernie Sanders on the state of modern capitalism, if not on its cure. The image I’ll always retain of the advent of Jacksonian Democracy was the parties of the drunken proletariat at the White House celebrating his inauguration. It was Jackson, more than the manipulated “masses” who support culturally created icons like Harriet Tubman, who truly represents in American history the common man’s temporary victory over the elites. Of course, Jackson was a real man in a very real time and some of his decisions were questionable, not only in the light of political correctness, but of historical hindsight as to their consequences. I always like him.
The choice of Harriet Tubman for PC sainthood, like the canonization of Rosa Parks and even Martin Luther King, more than anything makes me wonder why there don’t seem to be any authentic Black American heroes. Say what you will of the radical reworking of history we’ve seen in escalating waves since the 1950’s (to pick an arbitrary point on a curve), even the truth behind the history of Blacks in America is a story that should have produced at least one genuine protagonist. Behind the smokescreen, it is undeniably true that modern American Blacks are primarily the descendants of Africans who were brought here as slaves under horrendous circumstances. The questions of who brought them here, how they came to be slaves, and what ultimate impact all that had on their descendants and those left in Africa, is past due for a lot of clarification and debate, and god knows I’ll probably have to address all that eventually. But historically, the arising of a people out of slavery traditionally leads to stories in which some of the oppressed people emerge as heroes, whether or not those stories are true. Witness the Hebrews supposed “escape” from slavery presented in Exodus (despite its almost total lack of historical verification) or the even the Haitian slave revolt (the ultimate negative example, which nevertheless gave us bloody figures like Toussaint L’Ouverture). Where is the heroic figure of the American Black who arose from the end of the Civil War? We are presented with none,
Instead the modern PC movement, of mere renaming – which more and more comes to resemble he cultural genocides which followed the Bolshevik “Revolution” and the renaming of Russian cities after that “revolution”’s heroes, and the Cultural Revolution in China, both events of a more overt Marxism – has given us the most questionable of heroes. I could debunk Martin Luther King for pages far in excess of the scope of this little article, but at least he is an “established champion” of the cause, and the renaming of a major street in every town after this cartoon fiction of a hero is at least an established violation of taste and sense. Why was he not placed on the bill?
The choice of Tubman is, like Rosa Parks, an indication of how far and to what extreme the purveyors of PC propaganda will go to find heroes. Rosa Parks may have been brave, in fact, but I am fairly sure it was not her idea to take that bus ride. An honest look at the early “Civil Rights” movement shows that it was not really a movement instigated, driven or managed by Blacks at all. Contrary to reports I’ve seen, the NAACP was in fact founded by Blacks, but went nowhere until it was taken over and run by American Jews until it became prominent and was handed back to a Black president, I believe in the 1970’s. And indeed the whole story of the emergence of Black America from slavery, which in fact could and should have been an heroic story, is the story of the further manipulation of a people by an alien power for the sole purpose of the destruction of the society and culture in which they reside. It’s indicative to me that leaders who could have in fact have become revolutionary icons, like Malcolm X, have been sidelined by the history makers in favor of more manageable and fluid legacies like King. Not only that, but the only safe Black heroes for the new managed society seem to be Black women. Is a real, strong Black male hero still not safe for these worshippers? It seems the furthest they will go, the ultimate compromise is an effeminate mulatto like Barack Obama, who resembles most American Blacks no more than Bruce Jenner represents the American White woman.
The rewriting of the Harriet Tubman story apparently started a long time ago, in the first wave of the quest for American Black heroes during the Reconstruction. Someday hopefully someone will do a study of how that myth has morphed over time, which would be interesting, not so much as to the historical Tubman, but as to how such myths are made. In the publicity accompanying the announcement of the Tubman Twenty -which hopefully will lead to $20 bills being known as ‘Tubbies’ – Tubman is lionized as a leader of the Underground Railroad, which she was not. As far as I can tell, she was never associated with that “organization” at all and was in fact a quite different kind of participant in the antislavery movement, although participate she did. The Underground such as it was arose in the wake of the Dred Scott case and was a network for getting slaves out of the Border States in which slavery was permitted, to those in which it was not. It was never a pipeline for helping slaves escape from their homes in the Deep South, and it never involved raiding plantations. Tubman did some of that, on her own and with her allies, and historically does seem to have “freed” about seventy slaves. The more dubious aspect of her legacy lies in her alliance with the undeniable nut case John Brown, the White Abolitionist who tried to bring about Helter Skelter a full century before the Manson Family. His story for those who don’t know it, is fascinating; in one of the more absurd yet telling precursors for the War Between the States, he and his other co-conspirators temporarily seized the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in an attempt to inspire a slave rebellion. The slaves he wanted to rebel were not so inspired, and Brown was driven out of the arsenal by federal troops commanded by Robert E. Lee, and deservedly hanged. Such were the friends and associates of Harriet Tubman.
Ultimately of course, the story of the Tubman Twenty is but another glaring although hideous example of a battle not worth picking. It is but the most recent event in a wave of cultural revisionism, a link in a chain which includes attacks on symbols and people much worth defending – as in the hideous distortions and attacks upon our Confederate legacy in the last couple of years. Indeed, if there is a face on US currency uglier than Tubman’s will be, it is that of Abraham Lincoln, the first American imperial President who at least ostensibly presided over the end of the democratic republic envisioned by the Founding Fathers and the birth of the American Empire. It is merely the latest example of a process. At what point does one stand and fight? By the time Petrograd, nee St. Petersburg, was renamed Leningrad in 1924, the Russian Civil War was over and fighting in the streets was probably not an option.
What we need to be most aware of, with regard to the Tubman Twenty, is its nature as a red herring. Step back and breath. When we see such trivia explode into the media, we need to ask, what is it they don’t want us to see? The Tubbie won’t even go into production until 2020, and by that time there may be no remnant of freedom in America. They may or may not allow them in the camps where those of us who oppose the clampdown would probably be, under that scenario. But the publicity surrounding this most recent defacement of American heritage, coming especially as it does on the heels and in the midst of that other most recent ridiculousness, the debate over multigender bathrooms, should bring us to an instinctual, intuitive perception of the existence of a Man Behind the Curtain. To allow myself to be sidetracked for a moment, there have been unisex bathrooms in many parts of the world including Europe for a long time which have not caused the immediate downfall of civilization; this dispute and its ensuing smokescreen of publicity are a uniquely American phenomenon, and the contention over it is heightened, the publicity tweaked, by its mischaracterization as an assertion of the rights of a nonexistent and artificially generated class called ‘transexuals”, who are in truth merely another group of mentally ill individuals resulting from the breakdown of modern society and the human gene pool.
These two societal and political red herrings come in the middle of what could be a transitional year in the history of the West and of the World. As Europe stands on the brink of eruption as its citizens begin to wake to invasion, maybe, and maybe too late, in America the central power behind the political establishment begins to stand naked as the two supposed “opposing” parties appear to unite against the apparent challenges of “outsiders” in Trump and Sanders. Meanwhile, the wars in the mideast accelerate as US forces stand ready to topple more regimes in apparent support of Israel, the ultimate rogue state, which is itself I believe ultimately going to be prove to be a disposable tool of the powers that established it but also hedged their bets elsewhere.
Meanwhile, we whose essence comes from beyond the stars, should do our best to maintain perspective. It may in fact be our destiny to win by losing once again. It is always necessary to remember however, that the pervert who may be waiting to watch you pee and the hideous face that stares back at you from your worthless currency are not the Enemy; they are but its tools, even the tools of its tools, and are not things to die for.