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In the 1957 film, “12 Angry Men,” Henry Fonda plays the lone dissenting juror on a panel which has overwhelmingly judged a Puerto Rican teenager guilty of murdering his father.
In the jury room, he argues and cajoles with the men, forcing his fellow jurors to face their own stories and experiences which led to this point – deciding the fate of another human being. In doing so, each juror reconsiders his judgment. It’s a heated, intense drama, and a perfect analogy of what’s occurring in the U.S. today.
No country on the planet has had the acutely diverse, crazy, convoluted history as that of the United States. I love my country’s quirky, offbeat characters, and the creativity that flows throughout. I love the breathtaking natural landscapes, preserved in local, state, and national parks. They reflect the true, inherent essences of people, before they were carefully taught to follow greed and corruption.
We’re dealing with more than 12 Angry Men. Vote this election. Make Henry Fonda proud.