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Posted on 01/11/2014 1:11:13 PM PST by Master Zinja
Today is the traditional birthdate of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Constitution, authored many of the Federalist Papers in support of the Constitution's passage, was Secretary of the Treasury under George Washington, and whose portrait is currently on the U.S. $10 bill. He died in 1804 following a duel with Aaron Burr.
"The fabric of American Empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of National power ought to flow immediately from that pure original fountain of all legitimate authority." -Hamilton, Federalist No. 22
He was an amazing man. Probably a genius.
My recent readings include some interesting mentions of AH...
While the McCullah book and Adams miniseries paint him as a France hater....
But, that contrasts with my current readings of the Culper spies, which mentions Hamilton’s actions, as Washington’s top aid, in support of logistics for helping French ships arriving to help the revolutionary cause.
Interesting face. He was a brilliant, and flawed man, but...he did the right thing for our country at a time when it was needed.
He is not loved by many Freepers, but I feel pretty secure in saying he would be horrified at the way our government is being run.
As he argued so pervasively in The Federalist Papers for his point of view on government (he was the major contributor) on a strong federal government, but this government would be a monstrosity in his eyes.
Hamilton and Jefferson hated each other passionately, but I admit, the more I learned about the both of them, the more I liked Hamilton and the less I liked Jefferson.
Jefferson stabbed Washington in the back by anonymously spreading stories that Washington was a doddering, easily manipulated, and disengaged leader.
Washington found out from an unimpeachable source who was behind it, and confronted Jefferson directly, and let him know in no uncertain terms that he was aware of what Jefferson had been doing (in his attempts to get back at Hamilton) and that socially, they were finished.
It was said that while he and Jefferson would speak to each other in public settings, Washington never again spoke to Jefferson or saw him privately.
Keep asking people why do we have Amendments 11-27 if Congress can simply legislate everything?
An attempt to create an elective monarchy in the United States failed. Alexander Hamilton argued in a long speech before the Constitutional Convention of 1787 that the President of the United States should be an elective monarch, ruling for "good behavior" (i.e., for life, unless impeached) and with extensive powers. Hamilton believed that elective monarchs had sufficient power domestically to resist foreign corruption, yet there was enough domestic control over their behavior to prevent tyranny at home. His proposal was resoundingly voted down in favor of a four-year term with the possibility of reelection. In his later defense of the Constitution in the Federalist Papers, he often hints that a lifetime executive might be better, even as he praises the system with the four-year term.
Yes...and Adams was accused of being a monarchist.
Given what he wrote in the Federalist Papers, it is seems likely to me that he had a change of heart.
If he didn’t have a change of heart, he was one heck of an intellect to take the stand he did so persuasively if he didn’t support it, because that is a tough thing to do.
I guess he had a normalcy bias when it came to a monarchy
wasn’t the national bank also his really bad idea?
If he had his way...we'd have a dictator for life along with Senators for life, the states would have no rights...etc etc
And yet he was a patriot. It's the "what else was he" that should rattle the history books.
All nations, under all governments, must have parties; the great secret is to controul them: there are but two ways, either by a monarchy and standing army, or by a balance in the constitution. Where the people have a voice, and there is no balance, there will be everlasting fluctuations, revolutions, and horrors, until a standing army, with a general at its head, commands the peace, or the necessity of an equilibrium is made appear to all, and is adopted by all.
Also large public works projects to build a perpetual public debt. Owed, of course, to his masters in the banking sphere.
It was his idea, a very good one. There was no better institution from which to pay state and continental debt and provide a uniform currency.
Born in interesting times not sure if it was Jamaica or Bermuda. But the reference to the constitutional requirements of natural born citizen for presidential qualifications may have been directed at him.
The ideas presented at the constitutional convention ranged from next to no government under the existing Articles of Confederation to Hamilton's sketch. All had the best interests of the United States in mind.
I admire Washington and hoped Jefferson’s battle of ideas would prevail, but Hamilton’s ideas of centralized federal power have prevailed today. awesome book on hamilton http://www.amazon.com/Hamiltons-Curse-Jeffersons-Revolution-Americans/dp/0307382850
I wholeheartedly agree.
That is a certainty.
Unfortunately, there's no shortage of both shallow hit pieces on AH and soaring, angelic praise for Jefferson. As you say, all men are flawed. Both of them had strengths and weaknesses. Both advanced the cause of republican freedom when a failing nation needed them.
I don’t know why this popped up. But I love Washington and Adams. Without men of their word, the Constitution is meaningless.
Taking away the Bible and taking away the fear of God who judges every word that comes out of our mouths has disintegrated the foundation of our nation.
Are you referring to virtue?
Not necessarily virtue but just being a man of his word. Being true to what you say.
“I feel pretty secure in saying he would be horrified at the way our government is being run. “
Actually, he was all for what we have today with the Federal Reserve, Income Taxes, and other central and invasive federal government.
Hamilton was no friend of individual rights.
You don’t know what you’re talking about.
Sure, because you said so. Go learn something.
Hamilton’s “British Plan” for our Constitution:
18 June 1787
Mr HAMILTON introduced the following resolution
Proposing changes to the existing Articles of Confederation among the 13 United States of America.
WHEREAS no amendment of the Confederation, leaving the States in possession of their sovereignty could possibly answer the purpose;
WHEREAS to the powers of the Convention, the doubts started on that subject have arisen from distinctions and reasonings too subtle;
WHEREAS a federal government means an association of independent communities into one;
WHEREAS different confederacies have different powers and exercise them in different ways; in some instances, the powers are exercise over collective bodies, in others over individuals, as in the German Diet and among ourselves in cases of piracy; great latitude therefore must be given to the signification of the term;
WHEREAS the plan last proposed departs itself from the federal idea, as understood by some, since it is to operate eventually on individuals;
WHEREAS we owe it to our Country to do on this emergency whatever we should deem essential to its happiness;
WHEREAS the States sent us here to provide for the exigencies of the Union;
WHEREAS to rely on and propose any plan not adequate to these exigencies, merely because it was not clearly within our powers, would be to sacrifice the means to the end;
WHEREAS the States may themselves, in which no constitutional authority equal to this purpose exists in the Legislatures, have in view a reference to the people at-large;
WHEREAS in the Senate of New York , a proviso was moved, that no act of the Convention should be binding until it should be referred to the people and ratified, and the motion was lost by a single voice only, the reason assigned against it being that it might possibly be found an inconvenient shackle;
WHEREAS the great and essential principles necessary for the support of Government are
1.an active and constant interest in supporting itthis principle does not exists in the States in favor of the Federal Government; they have evidently in a high degree, the esprit de corps; they constantly pursue internal interests adverse to those of the whole; they have their particular debts, their particular plans of finance, etc.; all these when opposed to, invariably prevail over the requisitions and plans of Congress
2.the love of powermen love power; the States have constantly shown a disposition rather to regain the powers delegated by them than to part with more, or to give effect to what they had parted with; the ambition of their demagogues is know to hate the control of the General Government
3.a habitual attachment of the peoplethe whole force of this tie is on the side of the State Governments
4.force, by which may be understood a coercion of laws or coercion of armsCongress have not the former, except in few cases; a certain portion of military force is absolutely necessary in large communities; it is impossible to exert this force on the States collectively; whereas foreign powers will interpose, confusion will increase, and a dissolution of the Union ensue
5.influencea dispensation of those regular honors and emoluments which produce an attachment to the government; almost all the weight of these is on the side of the States; and must continue so as long as the States continue to exist; all the passions then we see, of avarice, ambition, interest, which govern most individuals, and all public bodies, fall into the current of the States, and do not flow in the stream of the General Government; the former therefore will generally be an overmatch for the General Government and render any confederacy, in its very nature precarious;
WHEREAS these evils are to be avoided only by such a complete sovereignty in the General Government as will turn all the strong principles and passions above-mentioned on its side;
WHEREAS the scheme of New Jersey labors under great defects, and the defects of some of its provisions will destroy the efficacy of others;
WHEREAS it gives a direct revenue to Congress, but this will not be sufficient; the balance can only be supplied by requisitions; which experience proves cannot be relied on;
WHEREAS quotas must in the nature of things be so unequal as to produce the same evil;
WHEREAS land is a fallacious standard;
WHEREAS number of inhabitants is equally unjust;
WHEREAS equality of suffrage, which is desired by the small States, is another destructive ingredient in the plan;
WHEREAS bad principles in a government, though slow, are sure in their operation and will gradually destroy it;
WHEREAS if the powers proposed in Mr PATERSONs plan were adequate, the organization of Congress is such that they could never be properly and effectually exercised;
WHEREAS the members of Congress being chosen by the States and subject to recall, represent all the local prejudices;
WHEREAS should the powers be found effectual, they will from time to time be heaped on them, till a tyrannic sway shall be established;
WHEREAS the general power, whatever be its form, if it preserves itself, must swallow up the State powers; otherwise it will be swallowed up by them;
WHEREAS it is against all the principles of a good government to vest the requisite powers in such a body as Congress;
WHEREAS two sovereignties cannot co-exist within the same limits, giving powers to Congress must eventuate in a bad government, or in not government;
WHEREAS the expence of a general government is also formidable;
WHEREAS if the State Governments were extinguished, great economy might be obtained by substituting a General Government;
WHEREAS the State Governments are not necessary for any of the great purposes of commerce, revenue, or agriculture;
WHEREAS subordinate authorities would be necessary; there must be district tribunals; corporations for local purposes;
WHEREAS the British Constitution is the only government in the world which unites public strength with individual security;
WHEREAS in every community where industry is encouraged, there will be a division of into the few and the many; hence separate interests will arise; there will be debtors and creditor, etc.; give all the power the many, they will oppress the few; give all the power to the few, they will oppress the many; both therefore ought to have power, that each many defend itself against the other
WHEREAS the House of Lords is a most noble institution; having nothing to hope for by a change, and a sufficient interest by means of their property, in being faithful to the national interest, they form a permanent barrier against every pernicious innovation, whether attempted on the part of the Crown or of the Commons;
WHEREAS no temporary Senate with have firmness enough to answer the purpose;
WHEREAS those who suppose seven years a sufficient period to give the Senate an adequate firmness have not duly considered the amazing violence and turbulence of the democratic spirit;
WHEREAS when a great object of government is pursued, which seizes the popular passions, they spread like wildfire and become irresistible;
WHEREAS no good executive could be established on republican principles;
WHEREAS the English model is the only good government with a good executive; the hereditary interest of the King was so interwoven with that of the nation, and his personal emoluments so great, that he is placed above the danger of being corrupted from abroad and at the same time was both sufficiently independent and sufficiently controlled to answer the purpose of the institution at home;
WHEREAS one of the weak sides of republics was their being liable to foreign influence and corruption;
WHEREAS we ought to go as far in order to attain stability and permanency as republican principles will admit; let one branch of the legislature hold their places for life or at least during good behaviour; let the Executive also be for life;
WHEREAS we should have in the Senate a permanent will, a weighty interest, which w would answer essential purposes;
WHEREAS this is a republican government if all the magistrates are appointed, and vacancies are filled, by the people, or a process of election originating with the people;
WHEREAS monarch is an indefinite term; it marks not either the degree or duration of power; if this Executive Magistrate would be a monarch for like, the other proposed by the Report from the Committee of the Whole would be a monarch for seven years;
WHEREAS the supposed tumultuous character of elective monarchies has been taken rather from particular cases than from general principles;
WHEREAS a mode of election might be devised among ourselves as will defend the community against these effects in any dangerous degree;
WHEREAS the Union is dissolving or already dissolved;
WHEREAS the evils operating in the States must soon cure the people of their fondness for democracies;
WHEREAS great progress has bee already made is still going on in the public mind; and
WHEREAS the people will in time be unshackled from their prejudices; and whenever that happens, they will themselves not be satisfied at stopping where the plan of Mr RANDOLPH would place them, but be ready to go as far at least as he proposes; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
The supreme Legislative power of the United States of America to be vested in two different bodies of men;The one to be called the Assembly, the other the Senate who together shall form the Legislature of the United States with power to pass all laws whatsoever subject to the negative hereafter mentioned.
The Assembly to consist of persons elected by the people to serve for three years.
The Senate to consist of persons elected to serve during good behaviour;Their election to be made by electors chosen for that purpose by the people: in order to this the States to be divided into election districts.On the death, removal or resignation of any Senator his place to be filled out of the district from which he came.
The supreme Executive authority of the United States to be vested in a Governour to be elected to serve during good behaviour;The election to be made by Electors chosen by the people in the Election Districts aforesaid;The authorities and functions of the Executive to be as follows: TO have a negative on all laws about to be passed, and the execution of all laws passed;TO have the direction of war when authorized or begun;TO have with the advice and approbation of the Senate the power of making all treaties;TO have the sole appointment of the heads or chief officers of the departments of Finance, War and Foreign Affairs;TO have the nomination of all other officers (ambassadors to foreign nations included) subject to the approbation or rejection of the Senate;TO have the power of pardoning all offenses except treason; which he shall not pardon without the approbation of the Senate.
On the death, resignation or removal of the Governour his authorities to be exercised by the President of the Senate till a successor be appointed.
The Senate to have the sole power of declaring war, the power of advising and approving all treaties, the power of approving or rejecting all appointments of officers except the heads or chiefs of the departments of Finance, War and Foreign Affairs.
The supreme Judicial authority to be vested in ____ Judges to hold their offices during good behaviour with adequate and permanent salaries.This Court to have original jurisdiction in all causes of capture, and an appellative jurisdiction in all causes in which the revenues of the general Government or the Citizens of foreign Nations are concerned.
The Legislature of the United States to have power to institute courts in each state for the determination of all matters of general concern.
The Governour, Senators and all officers of the United States to be liable to impeachment for mal and corrupt conduct; and upon conviction to be removed from office, and disqualified for holding any place of trust or profit-all impeachments to be tried by a court to consist of the Chief ________ or Judge of the Superior Court of Law of each state, Provided, Such Judge shall hold his place during good behaviour, and have a permanent salary.
All laws of the particular states contrary to the Constitution or laws of the United States to be utterly void; andThe better to prevent such laws being passed, the Governour or President of each state shall be appointed by the General Government and shall have a negative upon the laws about to be passed in the state of which he is Governour or President.
No State to have any forces land or naval; andThe Militia of all the States to be under the sole and exclusive direction of the United States.The officers of which to be appointed and commissioned by them.
Governors for life.
Senators for life.
President for life.
Judiciary for life.
Federal power over State legislatures.
Governors had absolute veto over legislatures.
He also proposed a central bank and fiat currency, of which the Federal Reserve is modeled after.
Jefferson was way too self-righteous -- far too convinced that he was on the right side and everything he did was justified. Hamilton seems a little more level-headed.
But then, Jefferson won -- at least in his own era. If Hamilton had lived and come back into power, he might well have become as big-headed and overbearing as Jefferson was.
If he was such a tyrant, why did he risk his neck as a revolutionary war soldier? Why didn't he fight for the British? Hamilton came up with the idea of The Federalist and almost ruined his health in the process.
You're pretty good with cut and paste. Try some analysis.
Rather than spam threads, there are things called links:
Hey wiseguy, funded debt isn't fiat currency.
Through Congress, Secretary Hamilton squared away the hopeless finances and debts incurred by the states and the nation during the war. A largely subsistence agricultural economy was transformed, and in less than a hundred years, the US was a second tier industrial powerhouse.
Rather than piss on his memory, every American should be thankful for the warrior, framer, and first SecTreas Alexander Hamilton.
“Besides you, who else called his sketch the “British Plan?””
Are you really THAT ignorant? Good ole public school edumakashun.
You’re typical of the Hamilton Hater at FR, whose argument begins and ends June 18th, 1787.
I have always found Alexander Hamilton more interesting than Jefferson. He had to struggle more, and was constantly trying to prove himself, whether it was trying to enter the echelons of society that he aspired to, or storming the British fortifications at Yorktown, he had more fire.
Jefferson seemed laid back (relatively speaking) in comparison.
It seems to me that Hamilton thought more about the nuts and bolts of a republic (certainly from his contributions to the Federalist papers) and Jefferson was more of a big picture guy.
That said, I admire Hamilton more, because he was by all accounts more loyal to Washington than Jefferson was.
But I do admire much about Jefferson as well.