cool politicians

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AU where bard colleges are basically fantasy modern colleges. Form a party of bards who went to college together and decided to go adventuring to defeat capitalism

give me more modern au Jedi I just want Anakin showing up 20 mins late to council meetings with starbucks 

From all the Hamilton/Laurens letters, this one, in which Hamilton couches Laurens on how to be in diplomacy, remains one of my favourites:

I have sincerely told you My Dear Laurens that I was happy the commission has been entrusted to you. I have implicit confidence in your talents and integrity; but in the frankness of friendship allow me to suggest to you one apprehension. It is of the honest warmth of your temper. A politician My Dear friend must be at all times supple—he must often dissemble – – and resentments. I suspect the French Ministry will try your temper; but you must not suffer them to provoke it. When Congress is spoken of, you must justify and extenuate with the dignity and coolness of a politician, not with the susceptibility of a republican—sometimes even you must acknowlege errors and ascribe them to inexperience, and if you hear animadversions perhaps not over delicate you must affect to receive them as the confident – freedoms of allies concerned for – –. When you wish to show the deficiency of the French Administration, do it indirectly by exposing the advantages of measures not taken rather than by a direct criticism of those taken. When you express your fears of consequences have the tone of lamentation rather than of menace.
In the nature of things, the French Court must consider us as the obliged party, and I do not see the policy of rejecting this idea, though I would take every proper occasion of showing the advantages of the revolution to France without however seeming to insist upon them. One good way of doing this will be by showing the immense advantages which England would have derived from a continuance of the union.
I believe in fine My friend the French Court is jealous and susceptible. You will not give food to this disposition.
These cautions I am sure you will receive as proofs of My friendship & confidence.

I like it so much because it demonstrates certain things that get losts sometimes in the fandom images of these people, and really shows their characters.

Hamilton shows here that he knows how to be diplomatic, and it makes sense: he had to learn to be one because he wouldn’t get so far otherwise. Talent is not enough if you can’t be likeable at least to some people so that they help you out. In addition, he spent years doing diplomacy for Washington. By the time he writes this letter, Hamilton definitely knows quite well how the game is played, from both personal and professional experience. He might have a temper, but he can control it to a point, for political gain. In short, Hamilton comes out as a politician in this letter.

Laurens, on the other hand, doesn’t control his temper that well. Hamilton knows it - I love how it’s clear from this letter that he knows John very well. It is quite interesting to compare this letter, and some of the POW period letters from Hamilton, with Laurens showering his with compliments, especially when he talks about suggesting him for the Ambassador. Hamilton is a realist, he understands the politics of the situation; he also understands his friend, and regularly points out his weaknesses to him, carefully, but surely. Laurens, on the other hand, never criticizes Hamilton, only expresses utmost admiration.

The thing is, Laurens never had to learn diplomacy in a way Hamilton had. He comes from a rich and influential family, he was added to Washington’s staff because of that. He is also an idealist who tries to embody an ideal of knighthood, including a certain level of rigidity. But he can afford it. He never had to play nice just to get food, or place to stay, or patronage. He can cause scandals and conflicts to a certain point without losing his standing; for Hamilton, porr bastard orphan, the same point is much closer.  He can afford to be rash, direct, to cause conflicts. Hamilton has to choose his battles; Laurens can choose all of them. Other letters show that Hamilton knows this difference, and Laurens might know it theoretically, but doesn’t quite grasp.

This letter is Hamilton trying to share his experience because he knows Laurens doesn’t have it. Throught the letters, Hamilton seems to take care of Laurens. He knows John’s character and can somewhat predict his reactions and actions, and tries to prevent the negative ones: talks him out of depression and suicide, reminds him not to be too reckless, and here, teaches him diplomacy, clearly because he knows Laurens will go into politics as he goes onto the battlefield. (He wasn’t wrong, Laurens did break the etiquette at court when he couldn’t get what he wanted; he was lucky it worked.) From my reading, Hamilton seems to be the mature and somewhat dominant one in their relationship,  grounding Laurens and taking care of him.

anonymous asked:

Hamburr fake marriage/dating au?? (And maybe they end up falling in love? •3•)

I’mma assume this is for the 5 headcanons thing :D

1.) Alex absolutely loves it, at the beginning not b/c he loves Burr, but b/c he roped this cool, classy, emotionless politician to fake marry/date HIM. He sees it as a victory over Aaron 

2.) Alexander takes it for all he can, he’s touchy/feely, calls Burr petnames at home and in public

3.) Aaron actually finds it incredibly nice, though of course he’d never admit it. But having someone else in his apartment, or staying w/ Alex in his, is just really nice since he’s been so used to living alone. Sure he gets frustrated when Alex drinks all the milk and leaves the carton in the fridge empty, or leaves his clothes lying around for Aaron to trip over, but then he also comes in and wakes Aaron up during a nightmare, or makes breakfast/lunch/dinner so Aaron doesn’t have to. It’s nice.

4.) Alexander is definitely the type to leave sticky notes everywhere, “buy more milk” “Jefferson called, what an asshole” “don’t forget your dentist appointment today!” and then one day, Aaron gets up late bc its his day off and Alexanders already gone, and stuck to the lamp on the side table by Aaron’s head is a little yellow sticky note with a simple ♥ Aaron keeps it for the rest of his life and shows their grandkids! (they adopt Theodosia and Philip)

5.) Alexander is just really mindful of when Aaron’s tired or upset or exhausted, b/c he knows what a job like the one they have can do when one doesn’t take breaks, since he runs himself ragged all the time. But he doesn’t want that for Burr so whenever Aaron comes home later than Alex or has to stay up all night to work on a separate case, Alex does little things, like giving him back massages, or making him food so he won’t forget to eat, and one day, after a particular week of non-stop work, Aaron finally finishes and then goes to do all his chores to find Alex has already done everything, laundry, vacuuming, dishes, it’s all done. And when Aaron goes to thank him, Alex just waves it off like, “well i live here too and i didn’t want it to be messy” but Aaron knows that’s not it, and watches Alex go back into the bedroom with a smile.

Ugh, this got too cute ^////^

anonymous asked:

In regards to the politics question, I thought Hamilton wrote Laurens a letter saying he was too short-tempered to go into politics? I may have misinterpreted the letter.

Here is the quote you’re referring to:

I have sincerely told you My Dear Laurens that I was happy the commission has been entrusted to you. I have implicit confidence in your talents and integrity; but in the frankness of friendship allow me to suggest to you one apprehension. It is of the honest warmth of your temper. A politician My Dear friend must be at all times supple—he must often dissemble ⟨– –⟩ and resentments. I suspect the French Ministry will try your temper; but you must not suffer them to provoke it. When Congress is spoken of, you must justify and extenuate with the dignity and coolness of a politician, not with the susceptibility of a republican—sometimes even you must acknowlege errors and ascribe them to inexperience, and if you hear animad versions perhaps not over delicate you must affect to receive them as the confident – freedoms of allies concerned for ⟨– –⟩. When you wish to show the deficiency of the French Administration, do it indirectly by exposing the advantages of measures not taken rather than by a direct criticism of those taken. When you express your fears of consequences have the tone of lamentation rather than of menace.

-Alexander Hamilton to John Laurens, February 4, 1781

While Hamilton does throw around the word “politician,” I think a better word would be “diplomat.”  At this point, Laurens had already served on the SC House of Representatives, so he was essentially a politician.  Hamilton was not trying to dissuade Laurens from entering politics but rather was warning Laurens to not lose his cool while serving as envoy extraordinary to France.  He knew Laurens had quite a temper, which was in contrast to the comportment of the French officials.  These tips were mainly directed to Laurens’s trip to France, not to his whole life.

Right let’s start with some facts about Elizabeth I re: Mary. I imagine this is going to become a weekly occurrence once season three begins: 

Elizabeth never wanted to behead Mary. She hated the thought of executing another anointed sovereign - she knew the kind of precedent it set. She only did it when the situation got totally out of hand and even then her advisers practically had to beg/push her into it. Signing Mary’s death warrant also made Elizabeth physically ill. 

Elizabeth once said she wished she and her cousin could just be simple milk maids because then they could be friends - i.e it wasn’t a personal vendetta for Elizabeth, but, all to do with royal status. Elizabeth didn’t do things politically due to personal feelings much (outside of politics she did have a temper). She was too much a cool and calculated politician to do things like start wars due to personal issues.

Mary was the one who wanted Elizabeth’s throne not the other way around. 

Mary tried to have Elizabeth assassinated/murdered. She was no angel, who just occurred Elizabeth’s wrath for no reason.  

Mary’s death effected Elizabeth for the rest of her life - she even cried about Mary in the days leading up to her death. 

Elizabeth strongly advised Mary not to marry Bothwell. She didn’t listen. 

Elizabeth told Mary that under no circumstances should she come into England. She didn’t listen. 

When Mary was imprisoned in Scotland and Knox and the like were calling for her to be executed, it was Elizabeth who got her released.

I seriously don’t know why Reign is going for this version of Elizabeth. The real dynamic between them is so much more interesting and meaty. Neither of them were angels when it came to how they behaved towards the other, but, seriously this is just stupid. They could have a wonderfully complicated dynamic between them (think are more regal version of Buffy and Faith or something, I don’t know?). The writers of this show keep throwing away wonderful historical stuff and replacing it with nonsense. I mean I’m not an accuracy snob. I very much enjoyed The Tudors and The White Queen etc. But, when you change things to replace them with really awful teen drama tropes, I just don’t get it.

 I mean I know this is a CW show, but, the audience isn’t stupid, they can take nuance. They can take someone being motivated for religious reasons (Conde and Renaude). You don’t have to reduce everything to love triangles and queen bitch stereotypes. I mean I’ve already decided I’m not going to watch the show next season (Elizabeth was going to be the only way they could draw me back in after the mess they made of the amboise plot/the Bourbon family in general  but, I can’t with what they’re doing with her).But, this is the only long running show set in the 16th Century on TV right now, -which along with the 19th Century is my favourite period- I just really want it to be better than it is.  

thekeeperofthesilence  asked:

Tell us more about Laurens' temper? :)

Basically, Laurens wasn’t afraid to get angry when things weren’t going his way.  Not necessarily in a whiny, I-get-everything-I-want-way, but more of a why-can’t-these-people-see-that-they’re-wrong-and-I’m-right kind of way.  The best example of this is probably his trip to France.  He was sent to get more aid, and the French wanted to take their time with arranging a deal.  Laurens kept trying to meet with the king and his advisers to arrange something, but nothing was really being set up.  A story (possibly apocryphal, but it sounds A LOT like Laurens’s behavior) says that during a meeting of the French Court, Laurens directly approached King Louis XVI and handed him his request for more aid.  This was very much against French etiquette.  Laurens eventually ended up getting money and naval assistance from France.  So basically he went in, was really frustrated that nothing was getting done about it, got angry about it and broke the rules of the French Court, and got it done.

Also Hamilton once wrote to Laurens about how he would need to control his temper in France.  He wrote, “I have sincerely told you My Dear Laurens that I was happy the commission has been entrusted to you. I have implicit confidence in your talents and integrity; but in the frankness of friendship allow me to suggest to you one apprehension. It is of the honest warmth of your temper. A politician My Dear friend must be at all times supple—he must often dissemble ⟨– –⟩ and resentments. I suspect the French Ministry will try your temper; but you must not suffer them to provoke it. When Congress is spoken of, you must justify and extenuate with the dignity and coolness of a politician, not with the susceptibility of a republican—sometimes even you must acknowlege errors and ascribe them to inexperience, and if you hear animadversions perhaps not over delicate you must affect to receive them as the confident ⟨–⟩ freedoms of allies concerned for ⟨– –⟩. When you wish to show the deficiency of the French Administration, do it indirectly by exposing the advantages of measures not taken rather than by a direct criticism of those taken. When you express your fears of consequences have the tone of lamentation rather than of menace.”

Laurens was also known to get a bit frustrated with his fellow South Carolinian statesmen.  When they rejected his black regiment idea for the umpteenth time, Laurens wrote, “The single voice of reason was drowned by the howlings of a triple-headed monster in which Prejudice Avarice & Pusillanimity were united.”