I’ve written previously about America’s horrible underrating of Ulysses S. Grant, who was not only a great General but also a great President, his reputation undeservedly sullied by a school of early 20th century white supremacists. Now Representative Patrick McHenry (R-NC) wants to strip this great man of one of the scant ways in which this country honors him, in favor of Ronald Reagan:
Now, some of the late president’s admirers are launching a new effort to add another honor: printing his likeness on a $50 bill in place of Ulysses S. Grant’s.
In polls of presidential scholars, Reagan consistently outranks Grant, said Rep. Patrick T. McHenry (R-N.C.), who introduced legislation to make the change.
In a better world, GOP stalwarts would be standing up for Grant as one of the leading figures of their party’s founding. Grant stood for a humane approach to Native American policy, and did more for African-Americans than any president between Lincoln and Johnson. He deployed federal troops against the Ku Klux Klan, got Congress to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1875. And of course before becoming President, he won the Civil War, which was kind of a big deal.