A note to the fine folks of Brevard and Transylvania County, NC

My wife and I love the city of Brevard and Transylvania County, NC. We typically spend every other weekend up there hiking in the Pisgah National Forest, riding our bikes on your wonderful trails, and having a beer or breaking bread with the friendly people we meet. We love Brevard so much that we will probably move there in the coming years.

But here is what I know about the differences between the urban Brevard and the rural parts of Transylvania County because those differences are replicated across our nation including in my own hometown, urban areas are more inclusive, progressive, or as my Senator Lindsey Graham and MAGA call us, more liberal. Up in the hills and hollows of Transylvania County, on gravel roads throughout the county you find Frump and Confederate Flags flying in the dirt yards of trailers filled with abandoned trucks, refrigerators, and packs of pit bulls.

Now I don’t want to infer that everyone that doesn’t live in town is an illiterate, racist, crazy piece of white trash but electing Madison Cawthorn as your congressman doesn’t help your case.

Look, I have Lindsey Graham representing my sorry ass state, but Cawthorn is tied tight to other GOP whack-a-doodles like Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Paul Gosar, and Marjorie Taylor Greene. This unhinged bunch of kooks have no agenda other than attempting to stay in the good graces of Daddy whack-a-doodle himself, Ronald J. Frump.

In his very short tenure as a congressman, Cawthorn has spun all sorts of wild tales, but his latest has finally gotten the attention of the GOP leadership, maybe you have heard it, that prominent congress people like to do a “a key bump of cocaine” and have orgies. Now I don’t know what “a key bump of cocaine” is but I do know what an orgy is and no I have never participated, nor have I ever been invited to participate in one (not from lack of trying).

Apparently, the cocaine and orgy comment was the straw that broke the camel’s back for the spineless, and gutless GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. I guess it either hit to close to home for McCarthy or he was pissed that he wasn’t invited, either way Kev supposedly gave Cawthorn a tongue lashing and told him to name, names or shut the fuck-up.

But here is the thing, none of these GOP ass wipes can shut up. Look at who they take their cues from, the orange king ass wipe himself who says crazy shit just so he can deny it the following week.

Back to the fine folks in Brevard, they are working on a marvelous project called the Ecusta Trail, an abandoned rail line that stretches from Transylvania County to Henderson County. If and when this project is completed walkers, runners and cyclists will have the opportunity to travel safely from Brevard, NC all the way to Hendersonville, NC and possibly beyond. It will be a 20-mile, multi-use greenway and will be a major jewel for the area. This is a big deal. My community has a multi-use greenway. It has changed the dynamics of who we are and created an abundance of opportunities for other parts of our county. My wife and I were on it last night walking our new pup. There were people everywhere, walking, running, riding, getting healthy while enjoying a beautiful evening.

The Ecusta Trail is one of those once in a lifetime projects for Transylvania and Henderson County. The economic, and health benefits it will provide are proven in countless other communities. My hometown, an hour away, is proof. It’s the kind of project that someone like Madison Cawthorn, the duly elected official in Washington should not only champion but ought to be doing everything he can to find funding for. Instead, this is what he called it, “a communist activity”.  

Now I am sure the context for his remark is because about 100 landowners are suing the federal government for what they perceive or contend is an illegal taking of their land. Let me give you a little insight into the vast majority of those 100 landowners, I have seen where and how they live, in run down trailers, and shacks. Remember, once upon a time they lived on an active railroad line some just twenty feet away. These are Ronald J. Frump’s people. The people that buy his hats, t-shirts, flags and send him their last $25.00 so he can maintain the lifestyle he is used to and the Dishonorable Madison Cawthron is going to ride his coattails as long as he can. Brevard, I hope you will get together and end his ride at the voting booth, soon.

The GOP is in a freefall, morally, ethically, and patriotically. They have no idea what America stands for. They have forgotten 200+ years of history. They have no clue who we are, or what we are. Most of them claim to be followers of Christ, they aren’t, not even close. They claim to be patriots, maybe, but only for the people that look like them, act like them, and believe in what they believe. And look at their messiah, the orange wonder that they have chosen to lead them to the promised land, a creature filled with hate, spite, pride, and ego. At this point, there is no path forward for the GOP. America is changing and all the voter suppression laws, and redistricting won’t change the complexion, or sexuality of where we are headed.                           

About ends and beginnings blog

I am a frustrated writer and poet waiting to be discovered. A stand-up philosopher performing on a street corner near you. A Christian with questions but I don’t want to hear your answers. A Buddhist with a bumper sticker on my truck to prove it. A collector of quotes. A grower of lettuce. The Patron Saint of earthworms who name their children after me. A cyclist whose big ass strains the seams of his Lycra bibs. I am American by birth, Southern by the grace of God. My goal in life is to leave an imprint on the lives of the people I love not a footprint on the earth. I am a son, a husband, a father composed of 65%-Oxygen, 18%-Carbon, 10%-Hydrogen, 3%-Nitrogen, 3%-Diet Coke and 1%-Oreo.
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6 Responses to A note to the fine folks of Brevard and Transylvania County, NC

  1. William Tell says:

    I stopped about 1/5 of the way through, and said, “Why am I reading this?”


  2. Nan says:

    Curious … are you simply using the internet/your blog to vent? Or are you/have you actually sent this somewhere for the people of your community (and surrounding areas) to read? I think the latter would be appropos, considering. But then, I wouldn’t want to read of your demise if the Frump worshipping crowd were to … well … you know.

    P.S. Powerful words, as always. 💪

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    • My hope is that what I write will somehow find its way to the appropriate people although I do send direct emails to Ms. Graham from time to time. I don’t I have Facebook, or Twitter, or any of the other stuff like that but I am able to track, for lack of a better word, that my “vents” are shared on the aforementioned forums from time to time plus shared on other WordPress sites. And if Frump cult followers wanted to do me harm I am easily identified by the stickers on the back of my car or the t-shirts I wear (got flipped off last night on the trail walking with my beautiful wife and cute puppy). I write for my mental health. As you have noticed I don’t write as much as I use to which has more to do with how busy I am at work and less about my mental health. My work is stressful, non-profit, affordable housing, working with the homeless. I don’t need a gold star for that work but it does make my “problems” as compared to others pretty trivial at times. As always, I hope you are healthy and happy Ms. Nan.

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  3. I hope those “communists” in Brevard successfully complete that trail, and Cawthorn and all his MAGA friends can go straight to hell.

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