12/28/2018

Why Conservatives Should Love Hamilton

Peter Wolfgang, The Stream

I get why my fellow conservatives don’t like the huge hit musical Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda is a liberal who has, at times, leveraged his cultural power to serve his politics. There was that thing with the Vice President.

But I saw it with my kids a few days ago and, guys, you’re missing it. Heck, even Lin-Manuel Miranda is missing it. Like the novelist Marilynne Robinson, his art is enormously better than his politics. In fact, whether he knows it or not, he has given us the greatest conservative artistic achievement of our lifetime.

Glorifying the Founding Fathers

Come on. A play glorifying our Founding Fathers set to rap music? A cultural phenomenon that makes them better known and more loved by today’s population than any book could? A huge artistic event in the life our nation that actually celebrates the American Founding instead of tearing it down? And in the 2010s?

And popular with Millennials as much as with their parents? The leftwing historian Howard Zinn must be turning over in his grave. His books describing American history as one atrocity after another are hugely popular textbooks in our universities. Efforts like his have had incredible impact. They’ve done incredible damage to the morale of our young. 

Today’s Left isn’t supposed to love a musical about the Founding Fathers. Today’s Left isn’t just about “social justice.” It’s about teaching our young to hate their own culture, their own nation. They’re supposed to hate its founding, when the rot supposedly started.

And then along comes Hamilton. Glorifying not just any Founding Father, but Alexander Hamilton! The first Secretary of the Treasury! The Founding Father more responsible than any other for making the United States of America the capitalist colossus that it is today.

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