Alexander Hamilton on the Modern Republican Party

Alexander Hamilton

Those then, who resist a confirmation of public order, are the true Artificers of monarchy — not that this is the intention of the generality of them. Yet it would not be difficult to lay the finger upon some of their party who may justly be suspected.

When a man unprincipled in private life desperate in his fortune, bold in his temper, possessed of considerable talents, having the advantage of military habits — despotic in his ordinary demeanor — known to have scoffed in private at the principles of liberty — when such a man is seen to mount the hobby horse of popularity — to join in the cry of danger to liberty — to take every opportunity of embarrassing the General Government and bringing it under suspicion — to flatter and fall in with all the nonsense of the zealots of the day — it may justly be suspected that his object is to throw things into confusion that he may “ride the storm and direct the whirlwind.”

–Alexander Hamilton
Objections and Answers Respecting the Administration of the Government (18 August 1792)

Cropped from Alexander Hamilton by John Trumbull, in the public domain.

2 thoughts on “Alexander Hamilton on the Modern Republican Party

    • Exactly. I wrote in the meta description that people apply it to Trump but it actually more true of Republicans. Although some of it is so dead-on for Trump that I understand why people apply it!

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