The Leftist Love Affair with Hamilton
Gary North is right to point out that Vice President-Elect Mike Pence “got what he deserved” when he was booed at and jeered by the ill-mannered and ignorant crowd of New York leftists at the Broadway performance of the musical “Hamilton” recently. At the end of the show he was also given a lecture on leftism and “diversity” by one of the idiotic cast members. (They praise “diversity” despite the fact that the online casting call for the musical reportedly declared that No Whites Need Apply).
Governor Pence “got what he deserved,” says Gary North, for paying $1700 for his wife and himself to attend the silly performance of “rappers” spouting nonsense and lies about Alexander Hamilton in front of a bunch of angry and ill-mannered New York leftists. One hopes that the Trump administration will not waste tax dollars in such a foolish manner.
But Governor Pence’s bigger mistake was to somehow believe that Alexander Hamilton is someone that he should admire. This is hugely ironic, since Hamilton was the founding father of corrupt crony capitalism funded by a crooked central bank, exclusively for the benefit of the one-percenters of his day. He stood for everything that the Trump campaign stood against. Hamilton was the consummate statist and imperialist and political water boy for the big business interests of New York, Philadelphia, and Boston (the Federalists) who wanted to essentially establish the rotten, corrupt, imperialist, British mercantilist system in America. The very sytem the American Revolution had just deposed, in other words. Hamilton was a traitor to the principles of the Revolution who spent the last fifteen years of his life attempting to transform the American government into a government for crony capitalists, by crony capitalists, of crony capitalists, all centrally planned by clever Machiavellian political manipulators like himself.
Alexander Hamilton was the founding father of constitutional subversion who denounced the Constitution as “a frail and worthless fabric” because it imposed so many limits on governmental powers. He was the inventor of the subversive idea of “implied powers” of the Constitution and of using the General Welfare Clause to create a government of unlimited powers. He was perhaps the first to spout The Big Lie that the states were never sovereign, the lie that was at the heart of Lincoln’s case for invading his own country in order to destroy the system of federalism and states’ rights that had been primarily the work of the Jeffersonian tradition of the founding generation. Hamilton and his political heirs (like Lincoln) worked mightily for some seventy-five years to destroy the Jeffersonian, states’rights tradition of federalism and decentralized government once and for all. Instead of self rule, they believed, Americans needed to be ruled by their wise “Yankee” betters. Or else.
The Hamiltonians eventually succeeded at this when the War to Prevent Southern Independence destroyed federalism and consolidated all political power in Washington, D.C., after which corporate welfare, protectionism (another form of corporate welfare), a nationalized money supply, and military imperialism — Hamilton’s Orwellian-named “American System” — was cemented into place. It was really an American version of the British mercantilist/imperialist system. This of course is why leftists adore Hamilton so much, as do various “conservative” statists, from Pat Buchanan to Bill Kristol.