Comments on: Why we love Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson is in the doghouse http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/06/why-a-hip-hop-hamilton-reflects-the-bling-of-todays-america/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: hometown http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/06/why-a-hip-hop-hamilton-reflects-the-bling-of-todays-america/#comment-1116704 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 03:31:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44616#comment-1116704 “Jefferson built his life and career on the enslavement of others,” said Bender. The comment is about as ridiculous as my saying that my great grandfather built his life and career on preventing my great grandmother from voting in America, along with everyone else’s great grandfather who prevented women from voting. Perhaps we should all get rid of our last names from this historical embarrassment when our forefathers allowed slaves and prevented voting rights for women.

The millennial’s enchantment with all things and persons ever enslaved or unequal is just bizarre. They need to focus on getting a job, a life, and stop trying to rewrite history.

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By: Solidar http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/06/why-a-hip-hop-hamilton-reflects-the-bling-of-todays-america/#comment-1116693 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 21:20:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44616#comment-1116693 “…having nothing in them of the feelings or principles of ’76 now look to a single and splendid government of an Aristocracy, founded on banking institutions and monied corporations riding and ruling over the plundered ploughman and beggared yeomanry.” -Thomas Jefferson, 1825

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By: EmilM http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/06/why-a-hip-hop-hamilton-reflects-the-bling-of-todays-america/#comment-1116242 Sat, 07 Nov 2015 22:28:03 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44616#comment-1116242 When the union was weak and the whole experiment of representative government was in imminent danger of collapse, Hamilton understood that a stronger federal government and a sound currency was needed. He was right about that at that time.
Today he would be aghast at the repressive overweening power and non-responsiveness of the federal government, and the ignorance, disregard and even contempt in which the Constitution is held, to the detriment of the Republic and its citizens.
Hamilton’s vision was one of individuals rising from poverty through their initiative and free enterprise, as he had done, not the labor of others, and not crony rent-seeking, handouts and subsidies from the federal government, confiscated from others.
Though perhaps for different reasons, Jefferson and Hamilton would today likely be on the same side, opposed to the corruption and extra-Constitutional superstate that the federal government and imperial Presidency has become, twisted out of shape by FDR and LBJ, and exacerbated by both parties, with the passive approval of an uninformed yet ever more demanding public.

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By: RudyB http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/06/why-a-hip-hop-hamilton-reflects-the-bling-of-todays-america/#comment-1116122 Sat, 07 Nov 2015 09:23:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44616#comment-1116122 Very good article. Nice overview and comparison of Jefferson and Hamilton. Interesting that fundamental to each of them is mistrust of the other’s vision. We see this today. As FDR’s Democratic party rejects big business as evil and not to be trusted we are asked to instead embrace a strong Federal government to whom we must bow in obeisance. This trust is misplaced. Oh for the pendulum to swing back to the vision of Jefferson!

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By: sanayaagarwal http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/11/06/why-a-hip-hop-hamilton-reflects-the-bling-of-todays-america/#comment-1116078 Sat, 07 Nov 2015 06:22:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=44616#comment-1116078 Such differences have reverberated through American politics. President Andrew Jackson and the Jacksonian movement honored Jefferson as the founder of the Democratic Party. But after the Civil War, Jefferson’s light dimmed. James A. Garfield, who would later be a Republican president, noticed that “the fame of Jefferson is waning, and the fame of Hamilton is waxing

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