Just in time for the Fourth of July, a group of Utah politicians show the country how bipartisanship can work. Hint: It involves showtunes.
Back in March, a Democrat and a Republican in the Utah statehouse put aside their political differences to pass a resolution honoring the Broadway musical Hamilton. Two of the pols from opposite ends of the political spectrum, Democratic State Sen. Jim Dabakis and Republican Rep. Ken Ivory, dressed as characters from the show and rapped their way through the show's opening verses on the floor of the State Senate.
This week Ivory and Dabakis and three of their bipartisan colleagues took their admiration for the Tony-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda musical a step further. Inspired by talk show host James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment, the group drove around Salt Lake City singing numbers from the show and talking about their admiration for its way of telling American history.
Joining Ivory and Dabakis were Utah Speaker of the House Greg Hughes (R). Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams (D) and Utah State Representative Kim Fitzpatrick Coleman (R).
A condensed two-minute version can be viewed here:
The full video can be viewed here:
Here is a highlight from the text of the March resolution (HCR12) that was passed to honor the show's composer and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda. The resolution also urges teachers to use the Hamilton cast album ”when possible and age-appropriate” to help teach American history
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein, are not "throwin' away [our] shot" to express our gratitude to Lin-Manuel Miranda, sir, and recognize that Utah, America, and the world "has its eyes on you" for your exemplary contributions to the arts and education by "placing [us all] in the narrative" of our rich American history with Hamilton, the man and the musical.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor encourage teachers, when possible and age-appropriate, to utilize the Hamilton soundtrack [sic] to "lay a strong enough foundation" in American history in today's students and "[they'll] blow us all away."
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Legislature and the Governor encourage artists and all citizens of the state and the nation to make full use of their talents and tell the stories of "America, you great unfinished symphony, you sent for me. You let me make a difference...A place where even orphan immigrants can leave their fingerprints and rise up."
Here is a Twitter clip of the March reading of the resolution: