News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Sept.
11, 2019: September 11, 2001 was an epic tragedy that will not be forgotten,
but it is not the most important September 11th in American history.
Not even close. September 11, 178, is a
defining moment in America, and by extension world history, that shaped our
world in positive and profound ways and will for all time in ways that no
tragedy ever could.
September 11, 1789, Alexander Hamilton
became the First Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, at the corners
of Wall Street and Broad Street, in Lower Manhattan, the first capitol of the
United States of America. It would not have been more important had Hamilton
become President that day. It was in his role as Secretary of the Treasury
Alexander Hamilton saved the Presidency and the United States itself.
Those who know that it is beyond dispute
that without Hamilton becoming Secretary of the Treasury and the Savior of the
nation there would be no United States as we know it today or indeed any United
States at all. And there is absolute proof of that fact. The United States
under the Constitution was not the first attempt at American nation building
after the Revolution. The Articles of Confederation whose failure led to the
Constitutional Convention organized by Hamilton and Madison that produced the
current version of our nation, the failed Articles was the first attempt that
Hamilton and Madison led the effort to replace.
Whatever other faults the Articles of
Confederation they recede into insignificance compared to its underlying flaw.
They contained no realistic means to fund a national government the essential
component of any nation. Yes, the fact is neither did the U.S. Constitution
except that it produced a government that did create the position of Secretary
of the Treasury and the powers that came with that office. Which would have
proven meaningless in itself and led to the same fate for the new government
its collapse as under the Articles of Confederation except for one man,
America’s greatest immigrant, Alexander Hamilton.
Had the new government failed for a
second time as it would have without Hamilton there would have been no third
attempt. Some of the former colonies would have gone it alone others might have
formed weak ultimately meaningless alliances. Most of all various European
colonial powers would have re-descended on the colonies and all the land to the
west of the colonies far more than they did and without the United States to
block their way and today there would be any number of smaller nations carved
out of what is now the United States of America and these original former 13
colonies. America would today have looked more like Europe or South America
were it not for Alexander Hamilton.
George Washington for all his stature as
First President of the new government was utterly helpless to solve the one
overwhelming problem facing the government how would it fund itself. It was
Hamilton and Hamilton alone whose genius had him clearly understand in an
actionable way what no one in human history had ever realized before him. That
it was not the current reality in America in 1789, a collection of still
tumultuous often chaotic and mostly bankrupt 13 former colonies that defined
these United States but it was the promise and the potential that the future of
this vast new nation held is where is true value was stored.
It was Alexander Hamilton alone who
understood he could sell the promise of America to the world in the form of
government bonds that were eagerly purchased around the world and Hamilton’s
ability to build and lead a financial system based on this very simple but all
powerful concept that saved the United States and that laid the foundation that
over the next 200 years would make America the greatest success story in human
history and a model for every other nation on Earth.
This is why September 11, 1789, is so,
so much more important than September 11, 2001, It is sadly poetically that the
grave of Alexander Hamilton stood in the shadow of the World Trade Center
towers clearly visible and in one of the crowning ironies in human history 212
years later to the day on which Hamilton became Secretary of the Treasury his
grave was covered in the remnants of the towers in a tragic but unsuccessful
attempt to destroy what Hamilton had created, the nation that his brilliance
September 11, 1789 is one of if not the
defining moment in all of American history.
So, remember September 11, 2001, but
even more remember September 11, 1789.
It is my belief September 11th should
become a national holiday.
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