The SAR Magazine

Winter 2018

The SAR MAGAZINE is the official quarterly publication of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution published quarterly.

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WINTER 2018 5 Letters to the Editor Dr. J.K. Folmar's letter to the editor (The SAR Magazine, Fall 2017, page 5) had constructive criticism of the John A. Schatzel commentary on Alexander Hamilton (Spring 2017 issue, page 16). But what are we to make of Dr. Folmar's random quote of Alexander Hamilton that democracy "was the country's real disease?" For a certainty, Alexander Hamilton was an opponent of both direct and indirect democracy. All too often, modernity uses the word democracy interchangeably with liberty, as if they are one in the same. They are not. It's time to rescue truth from familiarity. America was the first country ever founded on a philosophical concept, i.e. liberty. If George Washington had asked foreign nobility to come help us fight for democracy, then assuredly we would not see in Jackson Square across from the White House the statues of Kosciuszko, von Steuben, the Comte de Rochambeau and the Marquis de Lafayette. They would have stayed home rather than come to help the pathetic cause of democracy. The Sons of the American Revolution should understand that the fight was for liberty. The late historians Charles and Mary Beard wrote that the Founding Fathers loathed democracy more than original sin. Alexander Hamilton thus wrote correctly that the country's real disease is democracy. George Hulshart Myrtle Beach, S.C. What a pleasure to devour Dr. Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy's article, "The Georgian Papers and the American Revolution," published in the Fall 2017 issue of the The SAR Magazine (page 10). As the Kentucky History and Genealogy Librarian for the Louisville Free Public Library I had the pleasure of indulging my passion and professional interest in all things Colonial Virginia history and genealogy as well as 18th and 19th century European history. However, since my appointment as Library Director for the SAR Library in Louisville, Kentucky, effective Jan. 4, my interest in 17th century Colonial American and British History has become my principal interest—bordering on obsession. I can only imagine the fascination (the euphoria!) of gaining access to primary source documents of the Royal Archives of King George III. One of many questions people like me entertain is whether or not King George was actually psychologically impaired (insane?) or was he just really incensed at the thought that his "beloved" subjects in the Colonies had the audacity to rebel against his divine right to rule. A little of both, perhaps? In closing, let me express my hope that your endeavors in historical research will lead to a renewed interest for readers and scholars everywhere. Joe Hardesty, MLS, PLCGS SAR Genealogical Research Library Director

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