WRITERS BLOCKEvery time we drive the majestic Highway 1 we marvel at the engineering that produced the road with spectacular views including here in the Big Sur area.
It was chilling, prompting a sense of foreboding.
"Get 'em outta here! Get 'em outta here!" commanded Donald Trump at a recent rally beset by protestors. Trump had been bragging that he would claim "40%" of Sanders voters when the clamor began.
There are smarter and elder political analysts and journalists but I have not seen a more viscerally divisive presidential candidate since George Wallace, who's campaigns I covered and who I interviewed. It is odd to write this, but Wallace was eminently more qualified than Donald Trump. Wallace was a self admitted segregationist. He was a racist and a hate monger. Trump is worse. He has no policy positions, no electoral or government experience, is fueled by ego, rides a wave of anger and appeals to the worst in America.
An important message to the nation was sent by 450 of our top writers.You can link here to read their open letter to the American people. While I think Trump is a danger to the Republic in many ways he is also like the canary in the coal mine, a warning of sorts.
American politics is broken and people are rightfully angry. Our wrath should be directed at the big money that has turned politicians into whores. We should be furious with the increasingly selfish nature of those who lobby and who have turned government into commerce. A loud mouth and insensitive sexist, racist, ego freak with no government experience and an appalling lack of familiarity with international complexity and who is a bully is not the way to change what infects us.
Why do you think we have become a nation with so much fear, anger, selfishness and with a lack of a desire for common good? Why are people taking to Trump?
As you ponder and respond, take a moment to consider what some of our brightest have said. The warnings are becoming more numerous.
Highway cuts, switchbacks and bridges--there are natural challenges to keeping traffic moving. The frame below is a recent overhead look at what locals call Rain Rocks.
This is an area that frequently was closed, due to slides of the mountain onto the narrow patch of the Pacific Coast Highway.
You can see how the tunnel like structure is built into the mountain and shelters the road from boulders and rocks that litter the roof.
It is an amazing structure and engineering masterpiece that we watched be pieced together over the last 4 years.
The previous frames speak to the massive size of the structure. But in the frame below it dwarfs into just one more pass on an extraordinary road.
See you down the trail.