A Battle Fought with Words and....Music?

A Battle Fought with Words and....Music?

Cabinet Battle #2
Part Three: Cabinet Battle #2

Now that we have taken a look at the background of these two Founding Fathers and the First Cabinet Battle between the two within the musical, let's take a look at the issue of foreign policy.

The context of this battle was the idea of helping the French through their Revolution that was taking place. Hamilton was not technically even responsible for the idea and construct of the Foreign Policy of the United States, but as always he felt very strongly about it.

Jefferson was in the process of negotiation to help France whereas Hamilton was more focused on the fact that our country couldn't afford another war against Britain.

Cut to the battle......

“’When we were on death’s door when we were needy. We made a promise, we signed a treaty. We needed money and guns and half a chance. Who provided those funds?’ [Madison] ‘France.’ [Jefferson] ‘In return, they didn’t ask for land. Only a promise that we’d lend a hand. And stand with them if they fought against oppressors. And revolution is messy but now is the time to stand. Stand with our brothers as they fight against tyranny.’” This line from the musical Hamilton delivers what Jefferson’s view was on helping our allies France when they decided to fight against the British in the French Revolution.

“’ [Hamilton]. You must be out of your Goddamn mind if you think. The President is gonna bring the nation to the brink of meddling in the middle of a military mess. A game of chess, where France is Queen and Kingless. We signed a treaty with a King whose head is now in a basket. Would you like to take it out and ask it? “Should we honor our treaty, King Louis’ head?” “Uh… do whatever you want, I’m super dead.”’ [Washington] ‘Enough. Hamilton is right.’” This was Hamilton’s view on the matter.

As clearly shown by the lyrics above Jefferson, who spent a majority of the Revolution in France believed that we should help our ally in their time of need to gain freedom from the tyranny that was in place. Jefferson wrote about the Revolution stating, “this ball of liberty, I believe most piously, is now so well in motion that it will roll round the globe, at least the enlightened part of it, for light & liberty go together. it is our glory that we first put it into motion.” This statement shows that overall the foreign policy ideals of Jefferson were to help other countries who were our allies to gain their own freedom. As stated previously, Jefferson was a strong advocate for the people and believed that they should be the ones to hold the power of their country. But later on, when Jefferson had become president he decided to cut ties with both Britain and France so that they would respect the neutrality of the United States.

Hamilton’s viewpoint on meddling in Frances revolution contradicted the ideals that his party and himself stood for. Hamilton was inspired by the French’s want for liberty but saw that the United States was reeling from a war with Britain still and it would completely deplete us if we decided to join the fight against Britain. Hamilton is quoted as saying this in one of his writings, “If there be anything solid in virtue—the time must come when it will have been a disgrace to have advocated the Revolution of France in its late stages.” This statement by Hamilton also brings to light the fact that the French Revolution was a very bloody war being waged and some of the things that took place were rather barbaric.

As for the Federalist Party, they took more of an isolationism stance on foreign policy. Hamilton and later John Adams were both advocates for staying out of the business of other countries, especially France. When John Adams was President he passed the Alien and Sedition Act, which effectively limited the chatter amongst the population about the Revolution in France. The Federalist were fearful that the population would eventually turn on them when the Federalist Party was in control of office.

Stay tuned for another installation of this series next week. Where we will finally wrap up looking at this epic battle between Hamilton and Jefferson. Also, we take a look at what we can learn and take away in our modern politics.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.

Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.


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I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

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It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.


For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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