Fans of the musical “Hamilton” enjoy hearing the Framer rap… about issues dealing with our Constitution. A novel approach that has undoubtedly peaked the interest of the notoriously cynical millennial generation.
Practically Historical encourages young audiences to read Hamilton… as his political writings are some of the most valuable in the American canon.
I do more than rap
Americans have granted power to a most dangerous demagogue… and he appears willing to sacrifice almost anything for what he defines as “security.” Hamilton cautioned his people in Federalist #8
“But in a country, where the perpetual menacings of danger oblige the government to be always prepared to repel it, her armies must be numerous enough for instant defence. The continual necessity for his services enhances the importance of the soldier, and proportionally degrades the condition of the citizen. The military state becomes elevated above the civil. The inhabitants of territories often the theatre of war, are unavoidably subjected to frequent infringements on their rights, which serve to weaken their sense of those rights; and by degrees, the people are brought to consider the soldiery not only as their protectors, but as their superiors.”
Globalism and free trade have been US policy since the Reagan administration… Donald Trump attempts to turn back the clock on trade policies- his critics are quick to attack any position he takes. America has a long tradition of protective trade policies, but Trump’s critics are unwilling to acknowledge the historical context.
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Before rapping about his life on Broadway… Alexander Hamilton was one of the earliest advocates for protectionist trade policies. Hamilton considered tariffs an essential part of government investment in economic growth. He did not want the United States to remain a tiny agricultural nation beholden to the European grain markets. Protecting our young industry was an important first step. Hamilton argued:
“Taxes are never welcome to a community, [but] an increase of duties shall tend to second and aid this spirit [of manufacturing], they will serve to promote essentially the industry, the wealth, the strength, the independence, and the substantial prosperity of the country.” 1791
Alexander Hamilton and Donald Trump sharing tariff policies?…. I’m not sure the crowds at Hamilton! the musical will approve this political alliance.
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“I, am laying the foundation of an University in my native state, which I hope will repay the liberalities of it’s legislature by improving the virtue and science of their country…I have been myself the Architect of the plan of it’s buildings, and of it’s system of instruction. four years have been employed on the former, and I assure you it would be thought a handsome & Classical thing in Italy…I have preferred the plan of an Academical village rather than that of a single, massive structure…So it’s most splendid object, and a constant gratification to my sight. “
Go to community college, kiddies…
No one is comfortable giving President Trump credit for much… but the spoiled, ungrateful cretins who desecrated Jefferson’s likeness on the campus of HIS University are bringing Trump’s somber picture to life. He warned that the removal of statues to Confederate leaders may lead to similar action against our Founders, like Washington and Jefferson.
In the heart of his beloved academical village… Jefferson’s life’s work is naively slandered in name of trendy activism and political correctness. Students taking full of advantage of Jefferson’s foresight, vision, and effort dare to question the man and manner their opportunities were provided. The hubris required to demand the removal of the University’s Founder; as well as, linking him to traitors who fought to destroy the country he helped create- is beyond comprehension. Twenty-somethings so self-centered and lazy as to carry dozens of photographs of themselves(dressed and undressed)- possess a moral superiority over Thomas Jefferson? Irony….
To stop desecrating my memory
The post-millennial generation has doomed us… the Founders predicted our fate if the population became ignorant and forgot its past.
President Trump’s grasp of American history is nearly as suspect as his… grammar and usage- PracticallyHistorical wants to help our 45th President amend some of his historical misconceptions:
No studying required
Soul of a Lion
The Lion of the Union, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain… remembered the significance of the Confederate flag years after the conflict that defined his life, and the lives of millions of his fellow Americans:
Americans to Americans
” The sight of the Confederate battle flag always reminded me of the immense bravery of the soldiers who served under it.”
–Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
Only those who approve
President Trump continues to attack unflattering coverage of his floundering administration… as fake news. His response was to launch the blatantly biased Facebook propaganda channel called Trump News Agency. Gone is the Fox News pretense of objectivity- this is the President feeding heavily edited stories to willing minions. The days of Walter Cronkite and the Huntley-Brinkley report are ancient history.
Thomas Jefferson cautioned George Washington about the importance of a free press…. his words should serve as warning to citizens today…
“No government ought to be without censors, and where the press is free, no one ever will. If virtuous, it need not fear the fair operation of attack and defense. Nature has given to man no other means of sifting out the truth whether in religion, law or politics. I think it as honorable to the government neither to know nor notice its sycophants or censors, as it would be undignified and criminal to pamper the former and persecute the latter.”
Lee descendants grapple with family legacy… the complex issue of monument removal haunts family
Wreckage of USS Indianapolis discovered… ship sank by Japanese submarine 72 years ago
Will Trump resign the Presidency?.… many before him have considered it
Fruitcake found in Antarctica “practically edible”… was abandoned over 100 years ago by explorer
Civil War Trust acquires 391 acres of battlefields in Virginia... purchase halts significant threat to 3 battlefields