Not only is today the 6th Anniversary of the start of the travesties at Guantanamo, it is the 250th birthday of the person I feel was the greatest and most historically neglected founding father, Alexander Hamilton.
For those who want to read one of the finest treatments ever of Hamilton’s life and contributions, read Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton. I’m pleased to remind that the book won the George Washington Book Prize, the largest cash award for a book on America’s founding era from the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College.
I also recommend my colleague Michael Lind’s Hamilton’s Republic: Readings in the American Democratic Nationalist Tradition.
One of the filters through which I think about modern politics is the missive: “Washington reigned, Hamilton ruled, and Jefferson complained. . .”
And come to think of it, Alexander Hamilton would have been one hell of a blogger had he lived today.
— Steve Clemons