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Letter: What ‘Hamilton’ can teach us about politics today

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Deseret News

Earlier this week, I was thrilled to see the new trailer for “Hamilton” and I’m counting down the days until I can watch it on Disney Plus. Though I’ve never seen the show, I’ve got the soundtrack memorized almost verbatim, and the messages from this musical masterpiece are not lost to me. 

Aaron Burr, whom we vilify for being the “fool that shot (Hamilton),” was not only prideful, but had what the title character, no saint himself, found to be a loathsome philosophy about politics: “Talk less. Smile more. Don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for.” In other words, don’t take a stand.  

Today, just as in the days of the American Revolution, we can’t afford to sit silently on the sidelines and adopt Burr’s philosophy of cowardice. There are too many issues that need voices to make positive change in our world.

From Hamilton, we learn to take a stand. Educate yourselves on the issues of today and decide what matters most to you. Then let your political leaders and candidates know your position. 

We also learn to be civil and kind. Don’t lower yourselves to name-calling or violence of any kind. After you engage in civil discourse and you still disagree, take the high road and agree to disagree with kindness and respect. There’s so much tragedy we can avoid by learning from, rather than repeating history.

Kate Walters

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