I’m sitting in my car in Pensacola Florida at Fort Pickens campground, why am I sitting in my car? The site I got has absolutely no shade! And I’m sunburnt from my time in Port St Joe the last couple of days. These campgrounds are like an underground culture…retired middle class folks living out of RVs and traveling from campground to campground. I’ve met a few, and they have been very nice. But it makes me wonder what will happen to this culture as we continue to loose the middle class. At the other campground the folks camping next to me were reading an Ann Coulter book out loud while I was lying in my tent…needless to say they weren’t to friendly with me 😉 But at this campground I met a nice couple from PA who have been travelling for 8 years, then last night met a couple from CN who visit all the nudist beaches along the coast… that came up because of how sunburnt I was. He said he had learned from a young age at nudist camps about not getting sunburnt…no doubt!
I enjoyed getting into the ocean and just experiencing the waves. Though now I have to swim with a shirt and hat on because my shoulders and back are really red and my nose definitely has the Rudolph look. I’ve been reading A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn, I had never read it before but when I heard of some legislature in a southern state demanding that it not be taught in school…well I just had to read it 😉 It has been kind of sad to have the blinders removed regarding the founding fathers and the Constitution. But when you examine all Zinn provides it really points out how we have been fighting income inequality forever…when the people with power write the laws…poor people never have a chance. So far it’s been an eye opener for me to see that what I thought was a bunch of guys fighting for freedom it was actually a bunch of rich guys trying to protect their wealth and power from other rich guys. Oh and to keep the poor down. Sound familiar? Yah everyone should read this book.
I’m heading to New Orleans tomorrow…not really sure what I’ll be going to see, but the guy I met from PA told me Washington Square and Café Du Monde for beignets was a must so I’ll be checking those out. So far in my journey I’ve been disappointed…I feel like so much of life I’m seeing is very superficial…it’s hard to explain. Everyone is very self centered in that they don’t seem to see that they are part of a bigger picture…community is such a nice concept…but I feel as if it is holding people back from truly engaging at a larger scale. And that they don’t even want to. Why do I think people should engage at a larger scale? I don’t know…I just have always felt that there are so many large scale problems in the country or world that need to be fixed or at least have a light shined upon and if folks always just look at the little stuff…community issues etc. nothing will ever happen. It’s almost like a distraction to keep people content in their little worlds while someone is destroying the whole thing. I look at things where other countries have mass protests regarding injustices…but we turn our protests into parades, marches, rallies…with permits and limitations to where, when, how many etc. and it just seems like we are cattle controlled and it means or does nothing. Reading in Zinn’s book that a hero of mine Sam Adams used to speak of keeping the mobs down…it just strikes me that of course those in power want to keep the mobs down…keep them quiet and striving to survive those in power can just ignore us and keep doing what they do. Even Jefferson when he talked about the blood of patriots regarding rebellions against governments wasn’t even in the country when they were happening. If you always do what those in power want…nothing will ever change. But maybe we in the United States are too far gone to ever break the chains against income inequality.
So anyway sorry about the tangent 😉 Maybe if I’m lucky I can find a confederate statue to help bring down while in New Orleans…