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Aaron Burr was a despicable traitor as well as an immoral opportunist.
Hamilton was correct for pushing a stronger federal government at the time. He was wrong for not supporting the Bill of Rights. He was correct to push to have the federal government take over the debts incurred by the states. His vision of the future is far closer to what exists than some utopian agrarian vision of Jefferson’s. The sheer volume of work done by Hamilton & the influence he wielded behind the scenes shows how important he was during the initial founding of the Republic.
Unfortunately, aggressive Presidents in the 20th century started a trend of increasing executive power & federal government that are crushing the average citizen now. I doubt Hamilton would be happy with the federal government as it exists now.
“the aggressive 20th century presidents” who “started a trend of increasing executive power and federal gov’t” were able to use hamilton’s actions as a justification for it. the precedent had been set: they could argue they were merely expanding upon a long-standing accepted practice.
as the gent above brilliantly argued in post #49, “once power is usurped, even to end a great evil, the precedence is set for later repetition.” pandora’s box and all that.
Benjamin Kuipers |
April 12th, 2008 at 12:20 am
As I recall, Aaron Burr was ACQUITTED… in a trial before Chief Justice Marshal, while riding circuit in the District of Columbia.. then again, perhaps you, like your nationalist hero Hamilton, are fond of Ad Hominum attacks and other unscrupulous personal slights… Perhaps.