Since Starbucks’ “$2 for 2A” event went viral, very few symbols have been more representative of freedom and liberty than the US $2 bill. Second Amendment supporters, Constitutionalists, and freedom-minded patriots alike have gained a new appreciation for this rarely-circulated denomination of US currency.
While listening to Episode 847 of The Survival Podcast today, it occurred to me. I hadn’t really appreciated the significance of the $2 bill. Until just a few weeks ago, I had always considered it a peculiar oddity that reminded me of my childhood. (I’m sure most of you can recall seeing a $2 bill for the first time. It’s usually a memorable occasion because of the scarcity of the note.) I had never thought of its potential to serve as a “members only” card that illustrates my support of my country, the United States Constitution in general, and the United States Bill of Rights in particular. Now though, my view has changed.
Spending $2 bills has the potential to make a huge statement. By using them in everyday cash transactions, you have the ability to start a dialog. “Oh, you haven’t seen one of these before? Look here on the back. This bill illustrates an important part of our country’s history.”
It’s also possible that by spending $2 bills, you’ll connect with like-minded folks. These days, I think that spending a $2 bill is an intentional act meaning that the person spending it is trying to make a statement (other than, “I’m dirt poor and I had to raid my currency collection to buy a pack of smokes.”) Gun supporters love the $2 bill for its symbolism of the Second Amendment, and it’s quite possible that one could start some interesting conversations in the course of one’s day.
As I’ve said before, I think it’s important for folks to live on a cash economy. I also think it’s important for folks to carry small bills with them. Five $2 bills takes up less space than ten $1 bills so they’re easier to carry. And like I said, spending $2 bills (when appropriate) makes a statement. “I support the Founding Fathers, the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Second Amendment.” How’s that for a symbol of freedom and liberty?