If you saw the news this past weekend, you may have seen a story about a train that derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, earlier this month. The news was burried under a mountain of stories about U.S. figher jets shooting down unidentified objects over Alaska and Michigan, so I wouldn't blame you if you missed the story in Ohio.
Basically, a train carrying toxic chemicals derailed, and the one person whose job it is to take responsibility for the cleanup of a major derailment was nowhere to be found. I'm talking of course, about everyone's favorite failed Mayor, the current Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg. Mayor Pete was missing in the aftermath of the crisis, and only appeared this past Monday to make a speech at the National Association of Counties Conference.
Conveniently, Buttigieg made no mention of the deadly chemical spill or any plans that he had to investigate the cause of the industrial accident. Instead, our brave Transportation Secretary chose to discuss racial equity and issues facing the construction industry. Does that sound like a person who is facing a national crisis head-on?
Keep in mind that the train cars were packed with vinyl chloride, a carcinogen known to have disastrous results for human health. Instead of calling a press conference immediately and reassuring the nation that the situation was under control, Buttigieg said nothing and chose to ignore the issue.
This is all a reflection of an administration that's either asleep at the wheel, or so pre-occupied with racial equity that they can't see the looming threats ahead of them. Imagine if you could prevent the sinking of the Titanic, but the Captain is too worried about income disparities to steer away from the iceberg.
To give you a more in-depth look at the reactions to Pete's inaction, here is an article from the Daily Wire. An excerpt of the article can be found below:
Buttigieg appeared at the National Association of Counties Conference on Monday to discuss matters such as racial equity in the construction sector. He soon faced pressure from several Republican officials who said Buttigieg has failed to address the crisis.
“Pete Buttigieg has finally emerged today. Not a single comment about the train crash in Ohio,” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) said on social media. “Instead, he bemoaned the whiteness of the construction industry. It’s a miracle that this country is able to function at all under this regime.”
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) said the official should be questioned by lawmakers, while Rep. Lance Gooden (R-TX) likewise claimed that Buttigieg “hasn’t said a word” on the ecological disaster more than nine days after the crash occurred.
Perhaps we should start hiring people to fill our most important cabinet positions based on their merit, and not on their diversity points. We can't afford to keep having major transportation disasters occur when each one threatens the status of our damaged economy.