This is a bonus edition of the War Chest. My daughter won a couple of front row seats to the Broadway musical Hamilton. We’d gone before but yesterday’s performance of that incredible production moved me even more. There are dozens of index references to Alexander Hamilton (1757-1804) in George Will’s Conservative Sensibility (2019), chapter 5 of which we are currently exploring. The finale of Act One of the musical Hamilton points to the fact that Hamilton wrote 51 of the 85 Federalist Papers. The substance of his ideas and writings are beyond influential. They are the bedrock moral foundation of our nation.
It’s a shame that so many lack appreciation of and gratitude for the Founding Father’s moral vision. The philosophy that makes America so different and yes so superior to other countries is an anti-lazy work ethos. A commercial society, wrote Hamilton, provides a “greater scope for the diversity of talents and dispositions which discriminate men from each other… To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by which the wealth of a nation may be promoted.”
Lyrics in the musical have characters asking Hamilton multiple times “Why do your write like your running out of time?” His mental energy was legendary – and contagious. He incited the spirit of a success-oriented, hard-working, entrepreneurial, wealthy investor class that propels and encourages the betterment of our great nation. He wrote like he was running out of time, not for fear of death – he was clearly not afraid to die. Rather, he never wanted to squander the precious resource of time. And so we should also strive to never waste time. Get to work achieving, producing, understanding and accomplishing. See y’all Tuesday.