Spring Break Gone Wrong

Well, I’m sure that many of us would like to pack our suitcase these days and get away for a quick vacation. And I’m equally sure that thousands (probably more) of people living (barely) in Texas these days would be the first to hop on a plane for just about any destination offering warmer temps and drinking water.

In case you missed the story while still hunkered down trying to avoid the Trump virus, the entire State of Texas is basically out of power, short on electricity, and without water to drink or even flush toilets. A cold snap zapped the resources of the Republican designed and managed power grid — and like just about everything else the GOP touches these days, the situation quickly became a deadly shitstorm.

And then there is Ted Cruz, a Republican Senator representing The Lone Star State.

Rather than try to stick around and help during the crisis, Cruz apparently decided it was better for him to take a road trip to Cancun.

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Well, I’ll let CNN provide the backstory:

Sen. Ted Cruz said that flying to Cancun, Mexico, as a winter disaster in his home state left millions without power or water “was obviously a mistake” and that “in hindsight I wouldn’t have done it.”

Cruz, a Texas Republican, spoke to reporters after returning to his Houston home Thursday evening from a trip that has earned fierce criticism on social media and in his own backyard.
“I started having second thoughts almost the moment I sat down on the plane, because on the one hand, all of us who are parents have a responsibility to take care of our kids, take care of our family. That’s something Texans have been doing across the state,” said Cruz, who had said in an earlier statement that he flew to Mexico because his daughters had asked to take a trip and he was trying to be a “good dad.”
“But I also have a responsibility that I take very seriously for the state of Texas and frankly, leaving when so many Texans were hurting didn’t feel right and so I changed my return flight and flew back on the first available flight I could take,” Cruz continued.
With protesters audible outside his home, Cruz said he understands the anger many Texans feel toward his decision.
“Of course, I understand why people are upset. Listen, we’re in a strange time where Twitter’s been going crazy and the media is going crazy and there’s a lot of venom and vitriol that I think is unfortunate frankly on both sides,” Cruz said. “I think everyone ought to treat each other with respect and decency and try to understand each other more particularly at a time of crisis.”

Granted, Cruz is an asshat. Still, while he appears to have no shame and displays no ethical behavior, you would think that to be elected Senator you would have to demonstrate at least some degree of common sense.

In Texas, apparently not.

Unfortunately, Cruz is one of the weekend GOP “patriots” who will be in the queue for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2024. Sheesh.

And since that is the case, Cruz might want to take the advice of the former POTUS before he plans anymore getaways.

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I guess Cruz was fortunate that Trump wasn’t able to build his wall. Otherwise, he might have become a permanent resident of Mexico. I digress.

And then for the people in Texas who couldn’t leave on spring break:

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So it goes.

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Rob Jewell

I’m Rob Jewell and I live and write in Woodland Park, Colorado, the City Above the Clouds. I've been fortunate. I worked for 29 years at BFGoodrich in Akron, Ohio. I started editing employee publications and ended as vice president of corporate communications. Then I started a public relations consulting company before becoming a full-time faculty member in the School of Journalism at Kent State University. I taught courses in writing, public relations and mass communication ethics. And I supervised a student-run public relations firm, called Flash Communications. During my tenure at Kent State I was honored to receive the university’s Outstanding Teaching Award. During most of this time I've been a dedicated runner. OK, jogger, if you take speed into consideration. But while my times are not much to write about, I was and am committed. For almost 30 years I ran at least 1,000 miles each year. (Except for one year when I tore my calf muscle playing tennis. So much for tennis.) Being on the road most mornings at 5 a.m. gave me some time to think. It also led to some amazing friendships that now span more than three decades. And my longtime love affair with running helped me shape my first novel, Then We Ran, which is available wherever electronic books are sold. And just so you don't think that all I did was work and run, I have other interests as well, many centering on family. My wife, Mary, was a successful and highly regarded career teacher in the Akron public schools. She now devotes her time and energy to a host of social and athletic activities in Woodland Park. My son, Brian, teaches at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs where he is also the head soccer coach. And my daughter, Jessica, has completed her doctorate at Kent State University where she is also an administrator with the Wick Poetry Center. I've done a lot of writing during my career -- but Jessica is the real writer in the family. I'll try not to make too many errors in this blog. I'm sure she'll be watching.

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