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Come on PWP, think a little. The guy is probably a Republican voter and he could be a valuable commodity if he is registered in a marginal area. Still, if he lives in a safe Republican area and is going to bequeath to the Party, then I say: Richard, go to the hospital and finish off the job.
Not bad. There's a lucrative future for you with the Rs as a successor to Rove.
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Actually, the whole Aaron Burr duel is blown way out of proportion. It makes Hamiliton look like a victim. Hamilton was in a half dozen duels before Burr and even advised his son on duel strategy (which was shoot last).
Let's dissect this because it's indicative of how liberals spin the truth:
- "Hamilton was in a half dozen duels." -- Translation, Hamilton was involved as a witness or other non-primary participant in a half dozen duels. Not uncommon in those times.
- Hamilton advised his son on strategy (to shoot last). -- This is just patently false -- well, not exactly false, I suppose, in the same way that Clinton's "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" wasn't false, because he wasn't defining oral sex as sexual relations. At the time of his son's duel, Hamilton had taken a position against dueling, and had even issued a circular to his men in the postwar army against it. According to Henry Dawson, a friend of Hamilton's son: "On Monday before the time appointed for the meeting [the duel between Hamilton's son and George Eacker].... General Hamilton heard of it and commanded his son when on the ground to reserve his fire until after Mr Eacker had shot and then to discharge his pistol in the air." This was referred to as a "delope" in the French style, a mechanism to preserve one's honor in a duel without taking the risk of murdering one's opponent.
- Hamilton's son took his father's advice and was shot and killed by Eacker. After this, Hamilton was even more opposed to dueling. Hamilton wrote, "Reflections on this horrid custom must occur to every man of humanity, but the voice of an individual or of the press must be ineffectual without additional, strong, and pointed legislative interference."
- "It makes Hamilton look like the victim." -- Well, I'll agree with you here. Hamilton dueled as a matter of honor even though he was against the institution. He was not a victim. He knew what he was getting into. However, the historical evidence suggests (from the position of Hamilton's bullet where it was found lodged in a tree) that Hamilton had no intention of ever hitting Burr. Burr on the other hand was an expert marksman who seems to have had every intention of hitting Hamilton.