- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson argued Tuesday that replacing former President Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill is “an ill-advised tribute” that links the abolitionist to “a nearly bankrupt instrument of slavery and debt.”

Harriet Tubman, one of America’s truest and most revered freedom fighters, deserves a far more fitting tribute than to be sacrificed on the altar of political expediency by placing her on the twenty-dollar bill,” the retired neurosurgeon wrote in an op-ed for The Independent Journal Review. “The effort to rush this through under the current Obama administration is nothing short of national disgrace — an empty gesture designed to mask a much more fundamental problem: the burgeoning U.S. debt, and the declining significance of the U.S. Dollar.”

Mr. Carson wrote that one of the most interesting things about Tubman is that she fought against America’s internal enemies “who had erected a greedy and cruel system of theft and oppression in the form of slavery.”

“Today Americans are also being enslaved by their own government,” he continued. “We are being enslaved by a burgeoning national debt, which has grown at an alarming rate over the past decade. At the current level, the national debt is almost $20 trillion, a cost of over $60,000 for every citizen in this country. Moreover, the debt is accelerating. It has basically doubled over the past 20 years.”

Ms. Carson went on to declare that Tubman “would likely be turning over in her grave” if she knew her face would become a symbol of “American debt slavery.”

“She would revile the cheap trick being pulled on African Americans in getting them to support this nearly bankrupt symbol of American debt,” he wrote. “It is amazing how, just as the currency dwindles down to near worthlessness — all of a sudden the Government wants to invoke Harriet Tubman as a symbol on the twenty-dollar bill.

“The cynical pandering to race, and the exploitation of a real American hero in order to mask the highway robbery being enacted by the Fed and the U.S. government is nothing short of a disgrace,” Mr. Carson continued. “It is one thing if they want to rob the American people blind, but quite another to do it in the name of a true freedom fighter.

“Before selling out the sacred legacy of a revered American freedom fighter, we should stop and consider whether what we are getting in return is really worth it,” he concluded. “Some things are just not for sale. And that includes the hard-won legacy of one of America’s greatest heroes. Let us not disgrace Harriet Tubman by symbolically linking her with a nearly bankrupt instrument of slavery and debt.”

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