Dick and I are making plans for our annual road trip to Key West beginning mid-October. We’ll take our time, driving along back roads when it makes any sense. We’ll hit plenty of interstates and highways, however, especially along the busy CT/NY/PA/VA corridors. We also look forward to conducting a Newport-to-KW Trump/Biden homestretch lawn-sign count. Perhaps we’ll do a BLM count as well.
No Biden Signs Next to BLM Signs?
On a recent Maine tour – Portland to Camden – we were surprised at the number of BLM signs dotting lovingly manicured properties along back roads. Maine is all about “you can’t get there from here,” and since our early H-D days, we’ve always ducked the I-295 and Rt. 1 mess, opting instead for the slower routes – like the unspoiled scenic byways through a mixture of tony ‘hoods and average environs in Falmouth, Yarmouth, So. Freeport, and Brunswick (Bowdoin College). Then it’s back on Rt.1 N toward Bath and Wiscasset (home of Red’s Eats) on the way to Camden.
In early August, BLM signs far outweighed combined Trump/Biden lawn signs. Even more telling, however, was the scarcity of signs for Biden or Trump (no surprise there) accompanying the BLM signs. Not one Biden lawn sign appeared with a BLM sign. Talk about lack of enthusiasm and unity.
During our 2,000-mile trip along the eastern seaboard, we plan to listen to the audio version of “Out of Mao’s Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China,” a book described as an “intimate, elegant account of a society in turmoil.”
One critic reviewed “Out of Mao’s Shadow” as the most important book in a generation about the Chinese people and their long, heartbreaking battle for political freedom. Editors at BRIGHT (The Federalist) describe this book on America’s greatest geopolitical threat as an “easy-to-understand primer on post-Mao China that reads like a novel.”