Having thoroughly enjoyed the musical Hamilton recently, I was impressed with Alexander Hamilton’s predictive insight into future seasons of national uncertainty. He specifically included corresponding requisite leadership skills.
“In 1788, while advocating for the adoption of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton famously wrote in the Federalist papers, No.70 that the structure of Government should enable the office of the president to have sufficient “energy” to meet the significant challenges of the day. (W)hat are the ingredients that constitute this energy?” Hamilton asks rhetorically, and he goes on to name four elements;” Unity, duration, adequate provision for its support, and competent powers.” As if sensing anxiety incurred by the vision of an energetic head of state, Hamilton reassuringly adds: The ingredients which constitute safety in the republican sense are (first) a due dependence on the people, and (second), a due responsibility.”
Scholars hold that the impact of Hamilton’s work is vitally relevant today as the country navigates some unprecedented challenges, including a pandemic that is crippling economies and battling health systems worldwide. Today in our season of uncertainty, we find that we are all in the same storm. However, we are in different boats.
We cannot let fear dictate where our story ends. Sustainability is defined in what we believe. Some of us tend to push away that which we do not understand. Others of us believe we must have faith in despair. I also believe that sometimes there is dysfunction by design forcing “I” to become “us,” allowing us to see not what we lack but what we can do together, reminding us that somewhere between denial and despair lives destiny.
What do you think?
Can we make it through the storm … together?
 John Trumbell, Hamilton’s Enduring Legacy in Public Administration, Washington Lawyer. Jul7/August 2020Until next time, remember,
You are not alone.
You are not your circumstances.
You have everything within you to live a purpose-filled life.