How A Bernie Supporter Can Rectify Voting For Hillary Using 'Hamilton'
Start writing a post
Politics and Activism

How A Bernie Supporter Can Rectify Voting For Hillary Using 'Hamilton'

History repeats itself again, but this time we have an amazing musical with which to discuss.

How A Bernie Supporter Can Rectify Voting For Hillary Using 'Hamilton'
Joan Marcus

As the election season seems to become crazier and crazier, the ability to vote for either party or candidate with a good moral conscience seems near impossible. Because voting for Trump is the equivalent to voting for the Devil himself, discussing that option morally beyond this sentence would be a waste of time. That being said, voting for Hillary, while appealing to some, does not seem to be that much better of an option especially for those who are staunch supporters of the elderly superhero that is Senator Bernie Sanders.

Sanders giving Hillary his endorsement was disappointing because watching the last droplet of hope fall from America's fingertips tends to feel that way. However, listening to his endorsement, I couldn't help but think of Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton."

In the song "Election of 1800," Alexander Hamilton is asked who he will vote for despite no one from his party having a shot at winning. In Miranda's portrayal of Hamilton's endorsement, he states the following, "The people are asking to hear my voice / For the country is facing a difficult choice / And if you were to ask me who I’d promote / Jefferson has my vote / I have never agreed with Jefferson once / We have fought on like 75 different fronts / But when all is said and all is done / Jefferson has beliefs. Burr has none."

It is truly uncanny the parallels that can be drawn between Sanders' and Hamilton's sentiments. Simply replace "Jefferson" with Hillary and "Burr" with Trump, and the parallels become clearer and clearer. The syllables are even the same! Like Hamilton, Bernie and the rest of the electorate is facing a difficult choice, so here is why Hillary is the right one.

Hillary is Jefferson.

While flawed on many different fronts, they are currently the lesser of two evils. The last office both of them held was Secretary of State. Moreover, both are criticized for wanting to use military intervention too eagerly. Granted, they both commit this in the name of a great ideal: Jefferson in the name of philosophical freedom for France and Hillary does so in the name of human rights and decency. Both are disliked by Hamilton.

Trump is Aaron Burr.

They both disregard the beliefs of the party's platform they are running under, and have questionable motives when it comes to Mexico. While Trump claims he could shoot someone and get away with it, Burr actually did. They both seem to defy campaign norms both changing the way campaigning works. When confronted with disgust, all they can think about is that they have been discussed regardless of content. All in all, a terrible choice for the nation.

Bernie is John Adams.

While earlier compared to Hamilton, Bernie, along with the third party candidates, is really like John Adams. Adams lost the election early on and to vote for him would have been a waste of a vote in an extremely crucial election that could decide the future of our nation. Adams was accused incorrectly of being a monarchist too in the same way that Bernie accused of being a socialist (which is different than a democratic socialist or a communist). They are both politicians who live modestly and have awesome intelligent wives who keep them honest and rival them intellectually.

We the people are Hamilton.

We all have to make a choice for which we don't necessarily like the outcome. Despite the reservations that we have with Hillary or Jefferson, an opponent that we have been fighting with for what seems too long, we have a duty to our still young country to make the responsible choice. Legacy was extremely important to Hamilton, and the legacy we leave with this election will be "the seeds we plant in the garden that we never get to see."

The outcome of this election, like its grandfather in 1800, will determine not only how the world views us and the safety of a variety of minority groups that would be at risk, but it will dictate whether or not this country survives. Hamilton knew the stakes at hand then, and hopefully we too can put aside the ideals we hold to make the decision to uphold what some fail to realize is still a fragile nation. So, when November rolls around, do not throw away your shot.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
clock indicates that it is free time

While the idea of free time without a stressful job or an abundance of schoolwork looming over your head may sound like a dream, it can be a nightmare at times. Having a couple of days to decompress is needed for a healthy mind and body. But when too many days go by, it can cause a downward spiral of thoughts and feelings.

As a recent jobless graduate, I was ecstatic to be free from responsibility and take a break from my normal life. That was until I realized just how responsible I had been and needed to be to continue being self-sustained. I learned a few things in this month of unemployment that encouraged me to find a job as soon as possible.

Keep Reading...Show less

74 Reasons Why I Love My Best Friend

You can be yourself without having to explain yourself, because she accepts you and loves you just the way you are.

Two women's hands with their small fingers interlocking

Have you ever found that one person in your life who you literally could not live without? You can talk to her about anything. She's the only person who will look you straight in the eyes and say, "You're stupid." You two can ride around or sit at your house for hours and always have something to talk about. You can be yourself without having to explain yourself because she accepts you and loves you just the way you are.

Keep Reading...Show less

8 Spotify Playlists To Get You In The Autumn Mood

The temperature may not be very Autumn-like, but these playlists sure are.

Autumn Playlists
King of Wallpapers

Autumn is my favorite time of the year. The leaves change, pumpkin spice everything hits the shelves (thank you, world!), the 13 Nights of Halloween on Freeform (formerly abcfamily) and the temperature drops. Well, the temperature is supposed to drop. Being in south Alabama, however, means that the temperature may be relatively low early in the mornings, but you're still going to suffer in the afternoon. So if the weather outside isn't getting you in the Autumn mood, maybe these Spotify playlists will help you slip into that wonderful, Autumn state of mind.

Keep Reading...Show less
Black and white adult cat staring at the camera

As human beings, there are just some things that seem to bring us all together with the same sense of irritation. Here are a few of those annoying things that make my list. I'm sure at least some, if not most, of them make yours as well. If you can think of any more relatable annoyances that I've missed, feel free to comment on this article and let me know!

Keep Reading...Show less

First Snow

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

First Snow
Sorina Bindea

I have never understood why grown-ups complain when the leaves are all off the trees, and the temperatures take a decided turn towards the zero on the thermometer. I hear complaints about the impending winter weather, and the driving in the snow and ice. We live in Pennsylvania, so I bite my tongue instead of stating the obvious: Maybe you should move to a warmer climate?

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments