The U.S. is a magnificent country, but I seem to have been meant for the Southeast — plus, a few words about Trump and the Baltimore kerfuffle.
We spent exactly one week traversing the U.S. by the northern route (California to Nevada to Utah to Colorado to Kansas to Missouri to Arkansas to Tennessee). Every bit of the way ranged from magnificent to impressive to beautiful. I met with old friends and made new friends. It was in all ways a delightful trip but I have to confess that I’m very happy to be back in Tennessee.
Tennessee suits my aesthetic sensibilities. I like everything about it, from the strongly defined clouds in the sky (as opposed to the Bay Area’s amorphous puffs), to the lush greenery, to the rolling and mountainous terrain, to the well-maintained roads. All those blue staters who sneer at Tennessee as flyover or redneck country have no idea what they’re missing — and thank goodness they don’t, because they’d ruin it if they descended on the Tennessee like locusts. As it is, blue staters escaping the horrors they’ve wreaked on California and New York are busy branching out trying to destroy red states such as Texas and Florida — and they’ve already turned Colorado into a blue political madhouse.
Along the road, I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts, so I am fairly current on what’s going on politically. I love it that President Trump is finally reaching out to black voters by pointing out the obvious: their “representatives” are representative only in skin color. Otherwise, they have failed blacks living in truly dire circumstances in Democrat and black-Democrat run enclaves.
Trump’s bravery in stating the obvious, despite the “racist!” shrieks of the self-styled elite reminded me of something I’ve quoted here before. It’s from former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, in his book The Case For Democracy: The Power Of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny And Terror (2004 hardback edition):