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Trump’s America – Episode # 129 – Hamilton’s America

By Arthur Piccolo

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. July 12,
2019:
I am going to do something very different this
episode. Why?

Because today, Friday, July 12, 2019, is another
anniversary of America’s greatest immigrant, Caribbean-born Alexander
Hamilton’s death.

Because I believe he is the greatest
American who ever lived, and I want to tell you why and make the claim that the
reason he was destroyed and then murdered was to ensure Alexander Hamilton
never became President.

And why was that? Because the Southern
Planation Society, aka the slave owners, FEARED that if Hamilton became
President of the United States, given that he was so brilliant and smarter than
them, that he would have found a way to end slavery.

All I am going to do here is reprieve
remarks I made 19 years ago at Alexander Hamilton’s grave in Trinity churchyard
on July 12, 2000, and long before Lin Manuel Miranda dreamed of writing
“Hamilton.”

If we truly lived in Hamilton’s America
much more than in the way I spoke of him back in 2000, America would be far
better than Trump’s America I began writing about in January 2017, or before
him, Obama’s America beginning half way into his Presidency, I have wrote about
week after week.

Here is how I began back on July 12,
2000 …

“Many Americans knowledge of Alexander
Hamilton is nothing more than that he was killed in a duel a long time ago.
Hamilton is a victim of a compromised educational system and a society with
disappearing values. To argue that Alexander Hamilton is the greatest American
to ever live and even more the most important figure of the last Millennium is
astonishing to all but a very few. I proudly live in awe of Alexander
Hamilton’s life & accomplishments even more amazing that he was murdered at
only 47.”

“I did say murdered because that is
exactly what happened. Anyone who has studied Hamilton’s life, understood his
values, and the fact that his own son had been killed in a duel, together with
eye witness accounts will have no doubt July 11, 1804, in Weehawken, New
Jersey, that Hamilton clearly and with forethought fired his pistol in the air,
and left himself at the mercy of a sense of fairness, logic and humanity which
tragically his evil adversary Aaron Burr did not share, as he took direct aim
at a defenseless Hamilton and fatally shot him in the chest – what should have
been an unthinkable act for someone who was at that moment Vice President of
the United States.”

“Beginning with the end of Hamilton’s
life sets the stage for renewed appreciation of his life, as even his dying has
been wrapped in lies and neglect. But why would I audaciously call Hamilton the
greatest American.”

“Let me build the case. George
Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin, Roosevelt these three can claim singular
stature as the greatest Americans because all three played a uniquely pivotal
role in the survival of the United States of America. Washington by becoming
first president, Lincoln by surmounting the Civil War and Roosevelt by rescuing
an exhausted nation. Hamilton and Hamilton alone clearly merit this circle of
greatness.”

“Had Hamilton not become the First
Secretary of the Treasury in 1789, and not single handedly devised the unique
financial plan that is the very bedrock of our nation, that accomplished the
impossible task of keeping these 13 disparate colonies now states together,
while paying off our national debts and in so doing making American debt the
rival in value and integrity of the largest and most powerful nations on earth
– had Hamilton not accomplished that there is no doubt that the United States
of America would have collapsed in chaos just as had the states under the
Articles of Confederation before it, broke and drained of any hope.”

“Now if that is ALL Hamilton did, he is
the equal of the most revered figures in our history as his achievement
as explained is as great as theirs and in a realm beyond any of the other
famous and important Americans. But while for Lincoln and Roosevelt for all
practical purposes it was their Presidency that defined their public lives for
Washington there was also his service as head of the Revolutionary Army.
Hamilton is fact played an important role in General Washington’s army, and a
singular role in Washington’s Presidency. No one else can claim those
distinctions together.”

“As Washington’s aide de camp for three
years Hamilton was at Washington’s side constantly through all of the disasters
which preceded success, and a strong argument can be made worth much further
research that in fact Hamilton may well have authored many of the battle plan
and strategic orders sent out to the commanders while Hamilton was at his
side.”

“There is no doubt at all no more
research is required of the fact that Hamilton virtually ran the Presidency for
a mostly disengaged President Washington and that in fact in whispered tones
Hamilton was often referred to as the prime minister during Washington’s first
term. Clearly when all the facts come to light Hamilton’s stature rises and
rises but there is more much more although time allows me to do little more
than wink at it.”

“Hamilton’s birth also separates him from
Washington, Roosevelt and even Lincoln whose childhood poverty has been
overstated. Not so Hamilton’s. Born illegitimately to an impoverished abandoned
mother on the desperately poor island of Nevis in 1757. Hamilton’s life might
have been over before it began. Instead from the earliest age he became
self-educated and barely in his teens now on the island of St. Croix he came to
the attention of a local merchant who put Hamilton in charge of his dry goods
store. From there it was but a few short years and indomitable ambition that
brought Hamilton to New York where he was accepted at but quickly left Columbia
University to take up arms against the British rising to the rank of captain in
the New York militia while still in his teens”.

“Now allow me rhetorical license to
quickly swing forward past the end of the Revolutionary War after Hamilton had
been given a battle field command at the Battle Yorktown, and after the war
returned to New York where he in short order qualified to become a lawyer, and
then one of New York’s most distinguished attorney. Before turning his
attention to the failing articles of Confederation Hamilton distinguished
himself of as one of the founders of the Manumission Society whose purpose was
to end slavery throughout the colonies. Hamilton in fact became the nation’s
leading anti-slavery advocate following the end of the war.”

“Turning to the disintegrating articles
of Confederation it was he and James Madison who devised the plan to reconvene
the Congress under the Articles for the purposes of abandoning them and writing
a new Constitution. An Hamilton was in fact at the heart of the drafting of the
Constitution virtually every step of the way and most important of all led the
Herculean task of getting the new document ratified by the states becoming the
prime author of the Federalist Papers widely considered the finest political
tract ever written anywhere at any time in history and then even more it was Hamilton’s
leadership more than anyone at the New York State ratifying convention that led
to the narrow but absolutely essential NY vote in favor.”

“For these reasons and more by the time
of Washington’s inaugural in 1789, despite his even less than humble beginning
Hamilton was far and wide considered the most brilliant of all America’s
leaders. And did he stop there NO as a lawyer be began to write briefs that are
quoted even to this day becoming the most outstanding attorney of his age, and
more Hamilton became a true entrepreneur being the founder of the New York
Post, the longest continuously published newspaper in America ,and he was one
of the founders of what is today Chase Manhattan Bank, all the while remaining
the leader of the Federalists. “

“But it was during his time as Secretary
of the Treasury and afterwards up to and including as I began this essay the
time of his death that diabolical forces conspired to do nothing less than
destroy Hamilton, and there can be no doubt that it was Thomas Jefferson
himself hiding behind equally unprincipled accomplices who mounted wave after
wave of attack on Hamilton and his reputation and although not at all invisible
to history the definitive all encompassing “The Jeffersonian Conspiracy
Against Hamilton” remains to be written.”

“Which brings me to the one claim that I
can make to adding to the Hamilton story that in fact can be seen as the
defining element that both completes the view of Hamilton  the
greatest American while finally making understandable the “logic” for
the unequaled savagery he was forced to endure of all American Founders when he
should have been revered His incredible success, his unsurpassed brilliance was
his undoing.”

“The most obscure least remembered clause
in the Constitution is the inclusion of the provision that anyone who was
citizen within the United states as of the date of the ratification of the
Constitution could be elected President but that thereafter only naturally born
Americans could be elected. Indeed, such a clause could have easily been left
out it affected virtually no one that anyone might think of as reaching the
Presidency and further as the prohibition against foreign born citizens
becoming President was of such importance to the writers of the documents why
include any exception. I argue there is only one reason and his name is
Alexander Hamilton.”

“Although as prolific as Hamilton was and
he was, there is not apparently a single reference from his own hand about the
Presidency, everything about him and his view of Fame & Honor &
Ambition which animated him would

have made the Presidency a natural goal
for him – and I suggest that that understanding by Jefferson and others was
Hamilton’s undoing.”

“Allow me to combine a few elements above
into a complete picture. Hamilton as universally considered brilliant, during
Washington’s administration he in many ways functioned as president, he was the
leader of the Federalists, he had a well-developed world view of the nation and
its future he wanted to see embraced, he was an unparalleled communicator, he
understood his financial plan for the country required a strong long
tern  commitment from whoever was president to succeed, and from his
early boyhood days he dreamed of Fame & Ambition which is 18th century terms
were noble attributes which centered about service to one’s nation.”

“But why would the possibility of
Hamilton as president be so debilitating to some that it would literally
frighten them. To begin with the fact that Hamilton was not by any means part
of the natural American aristocracy and some uneasy, on the other hand Hamilton
certainly sought his own place within such company and was quite comfortable
among the more elite citizens among his fellow Americans. “

“No there was something more much
“darker” in the eyes of some that made Hamilton dangerous and to no
one more than the undisputed leader of southern plantation society Thomas
Jefferson himself. MY CONTENTION IS UNEXPLORED BY OTHERS SO FAR THAT HAMILTON
AS PRESIDENT WOULD POSE THE ULTIMATE THREAT TO THE SLAVE OWNING SOUTH.”

“Hamilton with the power of the Presidency,
and as the most important outspoken critic of slavery, whose own boyhood in the
Caribbean developed

in him a lifelong revulsion against
slavery – that anti-slavery President Alexander Hamilton the most brilliant
mind in the nation would not have, could not have settled for his legacy as
President to have not even used against the evils of slavery.”

“As an unabashed admirer of Hamilton I
will go so far as to say that he if anyone would have found a way to have
passed laws, amended the Constitution if need be., to have put the nation on an
irreversible path to ending slavery anywhere in America, and having done so we
would never have and to experience the horrors of the Civil War.”

“The South and its leader Thomas
Jefferson would not allow that to happen and they would be willing to prevent
it at any cost to protect their genteel way of life, their aristocracy
unchallenged -as the South proved at a horrific price six decades later.
Slavery was at the very heart of their “society” and they would protect
it at any cost. There could be no doubt Hamilton must never be allowed to
become President of the United States.”

“And even beyond slavery Hamilton as
President an entrepreneur at heart, an enlightened thinker who championed every
American succeeding on their own merit and industry would have set the nation
on a path of true capitalism for every man and women that would have melted
decades form the time it took the United States to truly realize its economic
path. One can dream of how much more sophisticated and how much greater an
impact American capitalism might have today if only Hamilton has actually
become President Alexander Hamilton as he deserved more than any American who
has ever lived in my view.”

“And finally, I do propose that even more
that Hamilton is the most important individual of the entire last Millennium.
His life of only 47 years is more meritorious and far reaching than any
other figure of these last 1000 years and that combined with the fact that his
work as Secretary of the Treasury for all practical purposes created democratic
capitalism.”

“Hamilton invented the form of government
in which private enterprise is the driving engine allowing a nation to be both
strong and function as  a democracy and in necessary tandem Hamilton
invented the theory and the methodology by which government in funding its own
needs by issuing bonds can do what up until Hamilton would have been considered
magic to monetize debt and turn it into national wealth. Without Hamilton there
would have been no America as we know it and no America to guide the world to
democracy and free capital markets.”

“We truly do live in Hamilton’s America.
It is only sad and will always remain tragic that Hamilton reputation first
subject to assassination than his temporal being, we were not to ever
experience the power of Hamilton’s leadership in its completion and fullness as
President Alexander Hamilton.”

(This series dedicated in honor of the late Liu Xiaobo & Jamal Khashoggi)

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EDITOR’S NOTE: About The Writer: Arthur Piccolo is a professional writer and commentator and often writes about Latin America for New Americas.

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