People have been talking about the Broadway musical “Hamilton” because it’s been on TV lately. The stage version on Broadway was such a smash several years ago that tickets, if a person could manage to locate any at any price, were super-expensive. It’s a filming of that original stage production on TV now, so it’s kind of a big deal. I was fortunate to see it live on stage when the Broadway touring version came here to Minneapolis a couple of years ago. It’s impressive, although the hip-hop music isn’t so much my cup of tea.
A strange hero for a Broadway musical, though — Alexander Hamilton, one of our U.S. “Founding Fathers”. And even though Hamilton was important in those early years, such as being the first Secretary of the Treasury, he is perhaps best remembered in history for how he died — gunshot wound from a duel with Aaron Burr. Although it’s hard to imagine how any intelligent men would ever agree to a gun duel, no matter their disagreement, what made this duel even stranger was that Aaron Burr was the sitting Vice President of the U.S. The duel was illegal, but Burr was never charged.
Can you imagine our current U.S. Vice President in a duel? Actually, it’s scary to think of him with any weapon of any kind in his hand. But one thing is for sure: If he were to survive a duel and be charged with a crime, he could count on a pardon from Trump. All that butt-kissing would have paid off.
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