Have you ever wondered about the ignorance displayed by writers for the Washington Post? Millennials who believe, with Barack Obama, that history began the day they were born? Folks who can’t be bothered with facts?
This morning (June 18) we learn, on page 1 of the Post, that “In 2020, a woman will be the face of the ten.” A photo of a ten-dollar bill is shown, and beneath it, in bold-face type, the following description: “The face of Andrew Hamilton, the country’s first treasury secretary, adorns $10 bills for now.” “For now.” The Post can hardly wait for this relic of American history to disappear. After all, what relevance have the Founding Fathers in this age when Obama has re-founded America?
Eleanor Roosevelt is mentioned as a possible candidate. Another, Harriet Tubman, would be a twofer—an African-American woman. “The debate over who should be the face of the new $10 bill could become part of a wider conversation about the social and economic progress of women,” intones the Post.
What we need more than that debate, however, is one about the value of our vaunted universities, especially the Ivies from which most Post writers are graduates. For it is Alexander Hamilton who was our first treasury secretary, not “Andrew.” Though the Post gets it right in the body of the article, how does such prominent error in the name of a founding father get by its editors?