This week I posted on another blog I write for, The American Catholic, a recent post I wrote here about Alexander Hamilton and the National Debt. In the comments to that post, the following question was asked of me:
What do you suppose Hamilton would have said about whether we should raise the debt ceiling?
In many ways that was an unanswerable question. Taking someone from one historical era and asking what they would say about some current controversy involves too many imponderables: our imperfect knowledge of the past and of most historical figures; judging the stance of a historical figure on an issue arising usually in vastly changed times and circumstances; the difficulty of attempting to understand the mental processes of someone based upon the records that they and others left behind them; etc. However, fools rush in where angels wisely fear to tread, and I gave the following response: (more…)