Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The coin kerfuffle.

In the United States, it is very rare to get any coin with a value higher than a quarter in change. When I was a kid, the Franklin half dollars, followed later for a few years by the Kennedy half dollars, were common currency, but once the U.S. Mint stopped using any silver in half dollars and quarters, collectors hoarded the old coins and the half dollar faded into obscurity.

Silver dollars were discontinued in 1935, so when I was a kid in the 1960's, getting a silver dollar was a special treat. I became a very sporadic coin collector, going to the local coin shop anytime I got a silver dollar to see if I could make a profit, no matter how small.

The U.S. has been trying to bring back the dollar coin since the 1970's, so far with no success. The Eisenhower dollar was supposed to be a companion to the Kennedy half dollar, but without any silver content, public interest was minimal. Later attempts with the Susan B. Anthony and the Sacajawea dollars have been met with a mixture of resistance and boredom.

Given the success of the "state quarters", the U.S. Mint decided to try the same idea with dollar coins, putting the presidents on the front and the Statue of Liberty on the back, cycling in a new presidential portrait every three months or so, starting with George Washington in 2007. To make more room for the portrait, the mottos, date and the mark of the Mint (P for Philadelphia, S for San Francisco, etc.) were moved to the edge.

Suddenly, there was a stink. "In God We Trust" was removed from the dollar! It was another insidious atheistic trick to remove the Almighty from public life! When it was pointed out that it was NOT removed, only moved, the new attack was that on the edge it would wear out, just like the way God was fading away from the public discourse.


If this "controversy" wasn't stupid enough, enter Sarah Palin. In a speech last week in Wisconsin where the jackals of the press were barred, some devious ink-stained wretches got in anyway and reported the highlights/lowlights.

She was "disturbed" by the moving of In God We Trust to the edge of a coin nobody ever sees anyway, and wondered who gets to make such a decision.

Well, the coin was released in 2007 and according to accounts, the decision was made in 2005. In both years, that Marxist-Satanist Islamofascist George Walker Bush, also known as Prince George of the House of Saud, was president. There's been enough fuss that on the coins being minted now, such as this one with the asterisk president William Henry Harrison staring out at us, In God We Trust is back to a place where everyone can see it, but in actuality nearly everyone ignores it. This is happening under the watch of that upstanding Christian gentleman, Barack Hussein Obama.

There are places in this world where certain religions are being suppressed and the rights of the faithful are being violated in egregious ways. Not here in the United States. If I may paraphrase Phil Gramm, the religious in the United States have turned this country into a nation of whiners. Depending on how fine a point you put on the definition of Christians, the Christians are a solid majority of Americans, but some think that means they have the right to force their views on everyone, regardless of the fact that those who call themselves Christians rarely agree on any point in the public forum.

Sarah Palin is trying to make a career of being a martyr. If real persecution was ever her fate, she would fold like a table at a bake sale. Besides making a mountain of a molehill, her whining is both pointless and late to the tea party. God has blessed this country mightily, for in Her infinite wisdom, it is now God's will that Sarah Palin no longer holds any political power over anyone, and I will bet anyone a shiny Godless dollar that Palin's manifest lack of intestinal fortitude makes it nigh impossible she will ever rise to a position of power again.

From my keyboard to God's ear. Insha'Allah.


Anonymous said...

Good one! I like the Prince George bit too. Ain't it the truth?

Abu Scooter said...

"Marxist-Satanist Islamofascist George Walker Bush" What, the spell-check didn't let you use "Nazi," "Socialist" or "Cylon"? *grin*

When I was living in the Bay Area, the only place I could reliably get dollar coins was at MUNI Metro stops in San Francisco, where machines gave dollar coins in exchange for bills. When mass transit becomes normal in US cities, we might see such machines become common. That's the only way I can envision dollar coins ever gaining widespread use.

Padre Mickey said...

I'm a priest and I don't give a good G*d damn if it says "In God we trust" on money. Saying it doesn't make it so, and most of those who want it on the coins don't really seem to trust in God, otherwise they would spend their time ending wars and poverty and hunger and disease.

¡Karlacita! said...

Oh SNAP, Padre Mickey!

rex said...

"Prince George of the House of Saud".

Matty Boy said...

I'm glad people like the Prince George bit. I was going to change it to Clown Prince George of the House of Saud, but there are too many Joker references in modern politics.

As to Padre Mickey's point, I think a lot of people trust in God to keep them prosperous. The rest of humanity can go hang.

dguzman said...

Great post, great comments. Amen, brothers and sisters!