Saturday, November 19, 2016
They have to go back
It's amusing that Alexander Hamilton is something of a progressive folk hero now. The other Founding Fathers thought he was a right-wing extremist, if not a closet monarchist. I've never seen this bit of Broadway phaggotry, but I'm told it portrays Hamilton as an honorary Diverse Non-White who exemplifies good old fashioned American hustle. The real Hamilton's positions - protective tariffs to stimulate American industry, suspicion of democracy, and a strong executive - make him sound Trumpian. Or they make Trump sound Hamiltonian.