- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Taking to Twitter on Monday, “Hamilton” actor Seth Stewart complained about honoring Independence Day as a celebration of freedom.

“Land was stolen from the natives, slavery was real, students go into debt for education. Freedom from what? #4thofJuly #truthhurts,” Mr. Stewart, an understudy for the roles of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette, tweeted.

A minute later, he quoted number from “In the Heights,” another musical by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda: “But…happy freedom of the minds. Enjoy your time with your loved ones today! And… ‘Look at the fireworks, light up the night sky!!!’”

Of course, the Marquis de Lafayette, a French nobleman who traveled to America to fight with George Washington against the British, cheered America’s decisive victory at Yorktown in 1781, saying, “humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country.” 

Reaction by Mr. Stewart’s followers was split.

“Thank you for that dose of reality. This country needs it. I appreciate it,” one follower named Stefanie replied.

“Moving my family to the UK in August to try and ensure my kids aren’t $500k in debt after college,” another, Brian Spar, tweeted.

Others chided Mr. Stewart for focusing on the negatives of America’s past rather than the history-changing nature of its ideals embodied in the American Revolution.

“I’d say the freedom to live any kind of life we want for ourselves. Freedom to change the future #happy4thofjuly,” replied Cortney Carrion of New York City.

“Freedom of speech, freedom from caste systems, freedom to dictate the path of your own life. Come on, man. #happy4thofjuly,” added Lincoln Darwin of California.

Those sentiments seem to align with Lafayette’s.

“The happiness of America is intimately connected with the happiness of all mankind,” Lafayette once said, according to GoodReads.com. “[S]he is destined to become the safe and venerable asylum of virtue, of honesty, of tolerance, and quality and of peaceful liberty.”

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