WASHINGTON, November 20, 2016 — Founding Father Alexander Hamilton believed in a strong central government. Although the proceedings at the Constitutional Convention were kept secret from the public, the man considered the father of our Constitution, James Madison, kept meticulous notes.
He records that in a speech to the convention’s delegates, Hamilton argued for the nation’s chief executive to serve for life, “removable only by conviction upon an impeachment for some crime or misdemeanor.”
Hamilton feared that a break in presidential continuity, with an election every four years, would lead a successor “to reverse and undo what has been done by a predecessor… that the less he resembles him, the more he will recommend himself to the favor of his constituents.”
Because the delegates ignored Hamilton’s idea to establish an American monarchy, President-Elect Trump stands poised to “reverse and undo what has been done by a predecessor” (Obamacare and his executive orders on immigration) and end the career of his craven and corrupt former secretary of state.
Speaking of Hamilton, in the wildly successful Broadway musical that bears his name, a condescending Hamilton raps to the man who declared on behalf of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness, Thomas Jefferson:
That was a real nice declaration
Welcome to the present, we’re running a real nation
Would you like to join us or stay mellow
Doin’ whatever the hell it is you do in Monticello?
The musical’s Pulitzer Prize-winning creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, perfectly portrays the arrogance of big-government authoritarians who see no limits to their power.
Last Saturday night, as Vice President-Elect Mike Pence was exiting a performance of “Hamilton,” actor Brandon Victor Dixon – who plays Vice President Aaron Burr – grabbed a microphone, pointed to Pence and said,
“We, sir, are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us – our planet, our children, our parents – or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”
Like the authoritarian-leaning Hamilton, Mr. Dixon has a very odd idea of what government can or should do.
It does not exist to protect the planet. No such provision can be found in Article II of the U.S. Constitution. That’s because the Executive Branch is populated by mortals, not comic book heroes or the capricious and temperamental gods of Greek myth.
Besides, in approximately 7 billion years, our sun will begin to die. Its surface will expand and devour our Earth, before it explodes in a spectacular supernova.
And that presupposes our beautiful blue world somehow avoids running afoul of those periodic asteroid impacts that seem to punctuate our planet’s fossil record – resulting in massive extinction events.
“Saving the planet” is impossible.
Neither is the Executive Branch charged with caring for our children or elderly. That’s the job of compassionate, loving families and not coldhearted and indifferent government bureaucrats. Like Obamacare’s thralls now driving up the cost of health care, or VA functionaries denying timely care for the nation’s military veterans.
The overwhelming power required to perform the functions above – and badly – makes it impossible for government to perform what Jefferson considered its primary function: to “uphold our inalienable rights.”
Our nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, once said, “A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.”
Thomas Jefferson, on the other hand, said, “I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.”
He also said, “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”
When the presidential election of 1800 resulted in a tie in the Electoral College, throwing the decision of who would be president to the House of Representatives, Hamilton began a letter-writing campaign against candidate Aaron Burr.
“Mr. Burr loves nothing but himself, thinks of nothing but his own aggrandizement, and will be content with nothing short of permanent power in his hands,” wrote Hamilton to Massachusetts Rep. Harrison Gray Otis. “In a choice of evils, let them take the least. Jefferson is in every view less dangerous than Burr.”
On the 36th ballot, the House declared Jefferson America’s 3rd president. Burr came in second, becoming the nation’s vice president.
In 1804, press attacks instigated by Hamilton cost Burr New York State’s gubernatorial race. And with that, Burr finally had his fill of Hamilton’s authoritarian interference in his life and challenged the annoying busybody to a duel.
On July 11, 1804 – a date Americans should celebrate with leftover fireworks from the pyrotechnic displays of the glorious 4th – Hamilton and Burr met on the field of honor in Weehawken, New Jersey.
Hamilton fired first, missing Burr, his bullet lodging in a nearby cedar tree. Burr aimed slow, acquired his target and pulled the hair-trigger of his Wogdon dueling pistol. The bullet hit Hamilton in the stomach and lodged near his spine.
Hamilton died of his gunshot wound the following afternoon.
President Obama and Hillary Clinton had their Hamilton moment on November 8th, both brought down by their authoritarian hubris and the voter’s hair-trigger anger.
The same hubris Vice President-Elect Mike Pence witnessed last Saturday evening while at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York.
The same leftist hubris that spurred the rise of Donald J. Trump to the highest office in the land.