A Small State of the Union Addresss
As a former student of American Studies, I’ve always had an interest in the politics, history and culture of the USA. So, it’s fair to say that the US Presidential election has been watched with a fair degree of keenness over the past few months. Not to mention the fact that I now run a website actively promoting the joys and attractions of Florida and indeed the other 49 states of the Union.
The election of Donald Trump has caused something of a stir and it’s fair to say that it’s been greeted with as wide a range of emotions as you are likely to find.
Now, the purpose of this site is not to discuss politics. We will all have our own opinions and views on the significance of recent events and there are plenty of platforms upon which each and every one of us can go to air such opinions.
This is a travel site; a website which places great emphasis on the idea of people finding ways to enjoy themselves. To discover new things, to spend quality time with loved ones, to indulge in fun wherever fun is to be had, To visit places of beauty, of historical significance, or simply places that enable you to forget about the everyday stresses of busy lives.
All that being said, as someone who has visited Florida many times, and as someone who has travelled throughout the USA (32 states and counting), who has studied its history, its evolving culture, its landscape, its literature, music, art and its films; I feel compelled to make this brief statement.
One of the recurring lines from Mr Trump’s election campaign was:
“Make America great again.”
Well, remove yourself from the politics, from divisive chatter, from media discourse, and you will find that there is plenty about the USA to suggest that it is, and has for many generations, been great.
Like the UK and the grand old nations of Europe, like the vast populaces and ancient cultures of Asia, the diverse nations of Africa or the multi-cultural societies of Australasia, the USA is a land rich in beauty, in art, intelligence and imagination.
It’s a country of vast, open spaces and ranging snow-capped mountains. Of sprawling cities teeming with every variant of humanity. Of lush countryside, white-sanded beaches.
It’s the land of the movies, the culture that spawned Hemmingway and Steinbeck, Gershwin and Dylan. Scorsese and Spielberg.
And yes, it’s the land of Disney, and razzmatazz and garish, loud opulence. The land of the Orlando theme parks, a family oriented destination for fun. Of holiday resorts that allow us to escape, to unwind and enjoy quality time with our loved ones.
And there is a value and a greatness to that.
As a writer, as a parent, a travel lover and as a general person, and not least as someone who represents this website to the public and across social media platforms I say that Florida Travel Service will continue to promote the positives of the state and those which we all think is fun, worthwhile and removed from political overtures (and yes, you can always find a political underbelly if you choose).
However, the site is also founded on the absolute belief in equality across race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and socio-economic background. We reject any advocating of bigotry or discrimination on any level and take a view that the world is a better place when principles are founded upon inclusion and tolerance.
Everyone has a different life experience, everyone has their own way of living and of spending their spare time. We promote all of these variances, from all backgrounds. And hope that we can help encourage a little fun and a healthy level of the rest, relaxation and quality time that everyone deserves.