The Plastic Hippo

November 9, 2016

E Pluribus Unum

Filed under: Music,Politics,World — theplastichippo @ 12:02 am
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The voting places are beginning to close and in the next few hours the 45th President of the United States will be democratically elected. Unless, of course, one or other of the candidates refuses to accept the will of the American people and challenge the outcome in the courts or there is a repeat of the “hanging chads” fiasco in Florida.

Whatever the result, the divisive toxicity of such a long and unpleasant campaign has weakened America and shaken a once unshakable confidence. That one of the candidates has managed to come this close to White House is deeply worrying and the fact that there are many Americans happy to vote for blinkered bigotry and crass ignorance as the doctrine of the planet`s most powerful nation is a nightmare for us all. Astonishingly, even up to the last day before the poll, some voters were still undecided.

America needs to heal and it will be the American people who will make America great again.

Samuel Barber was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania in 1910. Like so many Americans, his forefathers were immigrants seeking a better life and the American dream and joined countless others fleeing oppression, bigotry and ignorance and those fellow human beings stolen and sold into slavery. Together, they eventually built America. A gentle, cultured and intelligent man, Samuel Barber also happened to be gay.

As the next few hours pass, perhaps we should reflect on the contribution made by Samuel Barber to America and consider if he would have been allowed to do so now if bigotry and ignorance wins the day.

Agnus Dei


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