Cabinet Battle #2
Christopher Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton, Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan
The issue on the table, France is on the verge of war with England And do we provide aid and troops to our French allies Or do we stay out of it, remember My decision on this matter is not subject to congressional approval The only person you have to convince is me Secretary Jefferson, you have the floor, sir When we were on death's door, when we were needy We made a promise, we signed a treaty We needed money and guns and half a chance Who provided those funds France In return, they didn't ask for land Only a promise that we'd lend a hand And stand with them if they fought against oppressors And revolution is messy but now is the time to stand Stand with our brothers as they fight against tyranny I know that Alexander Hamilton is here and he Would rather not have this debate I'll remind you that he is not Secretary of State He knows nothing of loyalty Smells like new money, dresses like fake royalty Desperate to rise above his station Everything he does betrays the ideals of our nation Ooh Hey, and if ya don't know, now ya know, Mister President Thank you, Secretary Jefferson Secretary Hamilton, your response You must be out of your Goddamn mind if you think The President is gonna bring the nation to the brink Of meddling in the middle of a military mess A game of chess, where France is Queen and Kingless We signed a treaty with a King whose head is now in a basket Would you like to take it out and ask it Should we honor our treaty, King Louis' head Uh do whatever you want, I'm super dead Enough, Hamilton is right Mister President We're too fragile to start another fight But sir, do we not fight for freedom Sure, when the French figure out who's gonna lead 'em The people are leading The people are rioting There's a difference, frankly It's a little disquieting you would let your ideals blind you to reality Hamilton Sir Draft a statement of neutrality Did you forget Lafayette What Have you an ounce of regret You accumulate debt, you accumulate power Yet in their hour of need, you forget Lafayette's a smart man, he'll be fine And before he was your friend, he was mine If we try to fight in every revolution in the world, we never stop Where do we draw the line So quick witted Alas, I admit it I bet you were quite a lawyer My defendants got acquitted Yeah, well, someone oughta remind you What You're nothing without Washington behind you Hamilton Daddy's calling
Written by: Christopher Wallace, James Mtume, Jean Claude Olivier, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sean Puffy Combs
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