Melting pot in midst of politics

The United States has been called the melting pot of humanity for may years, taking in people from different countries. Immigrants brought their culture, traditions, religious beliefs, foods, dress and other native connections as the nation expanded like a balloon. Hope is that, in the midst of an unusual presidential race, that balloon will not burst, destroying the nation we have come to love.

Immigrants came from Africa to Wales, 47 categories in all. Strictly speaking, the only indigenous Americans are the American Indians. Today’s trend is toward multiculturalism, not assimilation. The melting pot has become more of a salad bowl.

We are one of different cultures, and regional identities, each with unique characteristics and flavor. The folklore, music, foods, dress and language are evident when traveling throughout the nation. Whatever those beliefs were, they have melded into what we have today.

Political affiliations have changed during the many years. Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have now captured the television and print media with bitter words, squabbling and party strife, instead of focusing on important matters for the nation.

One says taxes will be cut, the other declares taxes will increase, as the nation worries about infrastcture, military might, unseen enemies inside the U.S. boundaries and much more. A love-hate mentality on both sides is permeating the country. Trump, a wealthy businessman, is in his first political battle, as the public wonders who he is listening to, if anyone.

Polls, and there are plenty of them, are much like the roller coaster – up and down, depending on how questions are worded and who is questioned.

The country could face an uphill battle no matter who is elected.

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