The House of Representin’ passed, at least in theory, a bill that would honor Mark Twain with his own commemorative coin in H.R. 2453: Mark Twain Commemorative Coin Act. Basically, this would force the secretary of the treasury to mint gold and silver coins honoring Mark Twain sometime in the future. I say sometime in the future because most of you don’t understand or know about the intricacies of commemorative coins. Needless to say it boils down to no more than two issues for various things each year and the next three years have been spoken for with a bunch of crap, the only one of which I care about is the War of 1812 which instead of being produced this year has been pushed off until 2013. Anyways back to Twain. It is ironic that he would be honored by a class of people he loathed in life. He once said that Congress was “the only distinctly native American criminal class.” Would any of us argue with him? I think not.
The point is, here was a man who while being a fine writer and a first class citizen was also a great critic of government and rightly so. The man who does not question the actions of his government from time to time will be content to be ruled at some later point, at least that is my opinion. Twain was often found jabbing spears in the sides of the government as he roasted them in spirit in his books and novels. And here they are patting themselves on the back for recognizing his work. Uh, Congress, a word if you will. (in a whisper) You do realize that quite a bit of his work is still in print and being read over 100 years after his death right? We recognize his greatness already by continuing to pass on the legacy he left in print. Oh and he didn’t like you all because you suck. He was just better with words than we are (end whisper). Hmm, they didn’t listen. Well, I guess Congress is going to do whatever they feel like.
Oh, by the way. The government already recognized Twain in 1981 when they issued a one ounce gold medal with his likeness on it as part of the American Arts Gold Medallion series which lasted all of five years. So maybe Congress should spend some time fixing the budget problem instead of issuing a coin for something we as Americans already know.