Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Helpful Advice for Whitewater, Wisconsin

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is rightly celebrated as a masterpiece.

It also offers useful political advice, even for small town officials. From that musical’s Washington on Your Side, consider this sage observation on the limits of intra-institutional reform:

If there’s a fire you’re trying to douse,

You can’t put it out from inside the house.

There’s much to be said for an independent position, or at least a single position free from myriad conflicts of interest.

No one – ever – uplifts a community by lowering its standards.

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