I am reading yet another biography of my man Alexander Hamilton. It's Alexander Hamilton: A Life by Willard Sterne Randall, first published in 2003. Right now I gotta say that I like it better than the 2004 Ron Chernow Alexander Hamilton. It seems to portray the extraordinary personality of this great founder with more force than the excellent Chernow biography.
One thing you get from Randall's reporting on the colonies in the 1770s is that those guys were crazy. They make the rioters of Ferguson, Missouri, look like pikers.
The 20-year-old Alexander Hamilton got right into the thick of things, reading and writing and getting in with all the revolutionary movers and shakers. But he hated riot and mayhem. When the rioters came to Kings College to rout out the hated Tory college president Myles Cooper, Hamilton stood on the steps of the college building to persuade the mob not to harm Cooper.
You don't see young collegians doing that in Ferguson today. They wouldn't dare go against their professors and Deans of Diversity. Because they know that you don't dare go against the liberal Man in today's America. And as for President Obama smoothing the waters...
Here's young Ezra Klein mourning that President Obama can't give a "race speech" in Ferguson like the one he gave in 2008, and instead has to send in Attorney General Eric Holder.
It's because for some reason whenever the president opens his mouth on race it divides Americans.
Obama was elected president because he seemed, alone among American politicians, to be able to bridge the deep divides in American politics. The speech that rocketed him into national life was about bridging the red-blue divide. The speech that sealed his nomination was about bridging the racial divide.After Obama became president he complained that the police had "acted stupidly" when a Cambridge policeman arrested Harvard Professor Skip Gates on the doorstep of his home.
The backlash was fierce. To defuse it, Obama ended up inviting both Gates and his arresting officer for a "beer summit" at the White House.Klein goes on to display poll data to show that prior to Obama Americans weren't all that divided on things like the O.J. verdict. Now they are divided, so "the White House knows that when Obama leads, his critics become even less likely to follow."
Could Aunt Peggy have hit on something here, something that the White House and young Ezra have completely missed?The president shouldn't be using a fateful and divisive word like "impeachment" to raise money and rouse his base. He shouldn't be at campaign-type rallies where he speaks only to the base, he should be speaking to the country.
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I suspect that the private reaction to the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting among old white guys like me was: Oh, no, not again. Because racist sexist homophobe guys like me just want this whole era of race politics to be over. That's why we all voted for Barack Obama in 2008. Then we learned that for Barack and the boys race politics is what it's all about. They had no intention of moving on to...
ANOTHER white policeman has shot and killed another black teenager, this time in Ferguson, Missouri, and all the usual suspects are telling the same old story: racism. Or, if you are a conservative, you write: yes, it's racism, but. Let's put all this in perspective. The reason that the Brits created a London police force back in the 19th century was to control under-class males. They called...
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I’m ashamed to say the connection hadn’t occurred to me until I picked up David Blackbourn’s The Long Nineteenth Century: A History of Germany, 1780-1918. And really, until recently, like Sgt. Schultz, we knew nothing about what went on in the White House. ...
I have been thinking over the Cantor loss and the Cochran win and the whole question of the Republican Party divided between its Beltway establishment and its Tea Party insurgency. ...
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