BOGOTA, NJ — A former political candidate is participating in a community chorus that is preparing for a number of patriotic and holiday concerts.
“One of the problems we are dealing with politically is the population is so demoralizing and downtrodden that they end up voting for dumb candidates,” said Diane Sare, who ran unsuccessfully as an Independent against Gov. Christie in 2013 and was once an organizer for Lyndon LaRouche.
Now she's performing more with the 40-member Schiller Institute Bogota Community Chorus, whose founders included LaRouche's wife, Helga Zepp.
The group held a sing-a-long of Handel’s Messiah after the Eric Garner grand jury decision last year, dedicated to the principal of valuing life. That same night, two police officers were slain in Brooklyn.
“At almost the exact time we were singing 'give us peace,' these two police officers were being shot," Sare said. "We didn’t find out until after the concert."
The group regularly performs American patriotic songs at readings of the Declaration of Independence. They've also sung selections from the Civil War, as well as the National Anthem.
The chorus also performed 1,200 people with 60 other chorus members at the 50th anniversary of the Requiem Mass held for John F. Kennedy.
“We really have to uplift our culture -- what it means to be American," Sare said. "It’s to remind people not to act like beasts. To do that, that requires courage.”
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