The concept of e pluribus unum holds that the diverse peoples of the various states are bound together in a government that protects the rights of all. In 1959 the people of Hawaii voted decisively in favor of statehood, with 94.33 % marking their ballots “Yes” to become part of the United States. Last week a vote of no less import took place, not in Hawaii or by the citizens of Hawaii, but five thousand miles away in the halls of Congress. This vote was to determine if Hawaii would continue to exist as a state with a common government granting equal protection under law or whether it would be split in two, with one part granting citizenship and special privileges only to some on the basis of race. Fortunately for all involved, the bill was defeated— but barely, with 56 Senators voting to move forward with the Democrat sponsored separatist bill in a vote that required 60 votes.