American Elephants


Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Invented America by The Elephant's Child

A little history for the day before the mid-term election. Here’s a Praeger University short history of one of our founding fathers: Alexander Hamilton.

You might want to follow this up with Hamilton’s Blessing: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Our National Debt by John Steele Gordon.  As Hamilton said: “A national debt, if it be not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.”

There is no news today, only endless speculation. Is the election really a referendum on Trump as some have claimed, or is it strictly on a candidate by candidate contest? Tomorrow will tell, or Wednesday depending on how long it takes to get the results. Maybe we should go out and build bonfires tonight.

This is also Guy Fawkes Day, which I’m sure you all remember:

Remember, Remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason
Ever Should Be Forgot.

England, 1605, Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot was caught in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament with several dozen barrels of gunpowder. The explosion under the House of Lords was supposed to kill the King and the Royal Family. Fawkes was tried for treason. Bonfires were lit all around London celebrating the fact that King James had survived the attempt on his life. So it’s still Bonfire Night, devoted to bonfires and fireworks, as it has been celebrated for years. I’m assuming it still is going on. Never been there on November 5th, but I always remember the nursery rhyme.

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