For the past several Tuesdays, I have used this space to highlight a region to which I have traveled as a sort of escape since most of us have been staying put due to the pandemic. Today, however, given the current atmosphere in this country and particularly in light of the protests happening across the country and around the world, it seemed more than a bit shallow.

I try very hard to keep this site apolitical but when the president of the United States orders federal police to disperse peaceful protesters with the use of tear gas, rubber bullets, and brute force so that he can have a photo opportunity in front of a church, I have to violate my own pledge.

This country that I love so much, already fragile due to the impacts of Covid 19, teeters on the verge of chaos. What is needed is a calming hand, a sympathetic ear, and a uniting spirit. None of those attributes are being exhibited currently by the current resident of the White House.

As Americans, we can do better. We have to do better.


About the drunken cyclist

I have been an occasional cycling tour guide in Europe for the past 20 years, visiting most of the wine regions of France. Through this "job" I developed a love for wine and the stories that often accompany the pulling of a cork. I live in Houston with my lovely wife and two wonderful sons.
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5 Responses to Vote.

  1. merrildsmith says:

    I agree with you.


  2. Lisa Rosenberg-Howard says:

    Well said Jeff. Thanks.


  3. I just want to say thank you. It’s hard to stay silent when human decency and moral character is at stake. As someone who wore a uniform for 25 years I’m absolutely disgusted by what’s occupying the oval office, as the values military people embody (integrity, service before self, etc.) seem to be missing from the “commander in chief’s” toolkit. You are right. We have to do better. Cheers to you ~


    • There is no need to thank me, but I appreciate the sentiment, and thank you for your service to this wonderful country. While I am certainly liberal and disagree with the president on nearly every issue, this is much more than a difference in policies or an overall world view. I fear that there is irreparable harm being done to the nation and I know that there are many in the Republican party that feel the same, yet they say nothing and do even less. At this point, I fear what catastrophic damage he will do if he actually loses the election. How many crises will we face in two and a half months between the election and (hopefully) the inauguration of a new president? I don’t even want to think about what will happen with another four years of this.


  4. lulu says:

    Like you I tend not to use my blog posts as a personal platform, but this week I, too, let my feelings show a bit more. What has happened over recent months via our president is unacceptable and I can’t imagine why anyone would continue to support him. I find myself challenging those who will vote for him because they are republicans. This election cannot be determined by party loyalty. You might be interested in reading a very long comment in response to my post a couple of days ago. Carry on!


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