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November 12, 2016

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Still want to talk politics?

Victory gardeners, apple connisseurs and centerpiece designers are invited to carry on in the post below.

Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name, liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names, liberty and tyranny. The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as a liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one. Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of the word liberty. Abraham Lincoln

A disturbing post from a person I do not know showed up in my Facebook feed this week. They guy announced that he was setting up an Anne Frank-inspired refuge in his "cis- apartment" for any person of color, LGBTQ person or woman who felt that they were in danger due to the election of Donald Trump. In the comments, someone had posted a photo of the safety pin she was wearing.

I could have left a comment, but maybe I don't understand how dangerous Oklahoma has suddenly become to "the other". I truly could not think of anything to say. I fully agree with CBD's point this morning that there is a lot of work to do. But what could possibly get through to these people?

Maybe music is one way to reach them. They say that a campaign song for Lincoln, performed by an abolitionist family, was one of the things that moved Lincoln toward abolition rather than the restriction in the spread of slavery.

Lincoln was praised as "the son of Kentucky," "hero of Hoosierdom," and "pride of the Suckers so lucky." A hearty "hello" to all you lucky Illinois suckers by the way.

This song was originally "Rosin the Bow" or "Rosin, the Beau", both drinking songs. The tune was used in campaigns for other politicians, too. Don't think it would quite make it with millennials.

Can you think of any music that subtly or not-so-subtly supports constitutional liberty?

Any composers in The Horde up for creating a viral tune to sway either terrified lefties or politicians?

I'm open to words, too.

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