The Hamilton Thing: It Really Is Very Simple

Folks, the whole Hamilton-Pence-Trump thing is very simple. I shouldn’t waste a lot of time explaining it, because many of the people who see it from the cast’s perspective won’t get the concept, and many who get it prefer to remain willfully blind. But for the sake of repaving the most paved road in history, allow me to share the simple principle.

People don’t like to be gratuitously lectured, especially when a response is demanded, or when the lecturers are lecturing to hear their own voices more than to make any point.

Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who plays Aaron Burr, stepped out of character after the curtain call to read a few hastily crafted sentences directly to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. These weren’t his personal words. They were written, edited and fearfully sculpted by multiple people in the Hamilton production, led by the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, along with director Thomas Kail.

“We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” he said. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”

Essentially, the production added to its own script a little codicil, an explanatory cudgel they condescendingly presumed Pence needed to hear, because he just watched an entire performance and he obviously didn’t get the gist of it. So he needed some help, because he’s a stupid Indiana hick who believes in Jesus Christ.

They lectured him for their own benefit, and for the rest of the country who identify with New York billionaires and Indiana hicks, that we don’t get their existential angst.

“We had to ask ourselves, how do we cope with this?” Mr. Seller said. “Our cast could barely go on stage the day after the election. The election was painful and crushing to all of us here. We all struggled with what was the appropriate and respectful and proper response. We are honored that Mr. Pence attended the show, and we had to use this opportunity to express our feelings.”

No, you didn’t. It was a Broadway play. The topic of the play is sufficient unto itself, and the professional actors and crew don’t have any need to “cope with this” when a political figure appears. They fawned over President Obama like he was an oiled and chiseled Olympian god. Then they felt like some of the same god-juice rubbed off on them.

Historians can’t think of another time when something like this happened (probably because it hasn’t).

Experts couldn’t recall another case where a Broadway actor addressed an elected official from the stage.

“I can’t think of an instance of a President or another elected official getting this response,” said Thomas Bogar, a Maryland-based author of “American Presidents Attend the Theatre: The Playgoing Experiences of Each Chief Executive.”

President-elect Donald Trump called it harassment and demanded an apology.

Here’s what most liberals don’t get. Trump wasn’t speaking for Pence in his tweets any more than Dixon was speaking for himself. Dixon broke character after the curtain call to become a mouthpiece for liberal America. Trump didn’t break character and remained the mouthpiece for Americans who are sick of liberal mouthpieces.

Trump was speaking for all Americans who are tired of being lectured by moralizing, power-hungry liberals who think either everyone agrees with them (there is no “silent majority,” only racists and bigots, really?) or must be made to agree with them.

Erick Erickson’s prediction of “you will be made to care” came true, but not in the way liberals would have preferred to make everyone care. It happened at the ballot box and now they’re incensed that we care.

Nobody likes to be gratuitously lectured. Every time the left does this, they’re just committing cultural Hara-kiri. But instead of apologizing for such boorishness and condescension, they  ominously say stupid things like “Trump has opened Pandora’s box, and we’re looking for hope at the bottom.”

It really is very simple. But they don’t get it.

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Steve Berman

The old Steve cared about money, prestige, and power. Then Christ found me. All at once things changed. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

I spent 30 years in business. Now I write and edit. But mostly I love. I have a wife and 2 kids and a dog and we live in a little house in central Georgia.

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