Alexander Hamilton, because of the wisdom he espoused, was considered a genius by many. To this characterization, he responded, “Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort that I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.”
“The fruit of labor and thought”; a foreign concept to our twenty first century congress, that depends on opinion polls, which explains why, even today, Hamilton appears genius by comparison.
Incredibly, in the eighteenth century, Hamilton explained why the failure of our congress has resulted in a corrupt judiciary by explaining the necessity for government. He said, “Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.” The truth of this statement is clearly illustrated in the judiciary’s current assault on American society; devoid of reason or constitutional founding.
Hamilton’s wisdom also explains why our politicians are so adept at winning elections yet incompetent at governing the country. It is because we misapprehend what the politicians are actually telling us. Hamilton said, “A dangerous ambition more often lurks behind the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people, than under the forbidding appearance of zeal for the firmness and efficiency of Government.”
While it is democrats that most often don “the specious mask of zeal for the rights of the people”, republicans have long since abandoned their “zeal for the firmness and efficiency of government”.
Both parties are completely preoccupied with getting elected or reelected and hopefully gaining a majority so that it can bully the other party; because they all lack the skill to persuade and the maturity not to harbor grudges.
Alexander Hamilton was considered a genius in the eighteenth century and compared to our congress he is still a genius by twenty first century standards. In fact it would be fair to say that our congress could not draft and sign a constitution and have it ratified any time before the twenty second century.
Hamilton and men like him managed to draft and ratify the United States Constitution without cars, pollsters, television, Facebook, Twitter or iPhones.
Our politicians exercise their mouths a lot and from them we get noise. The founders exercised their minds and from them we got the Constitution; that is genius.


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