What will we learn from the bridge disaster? | Eastern North Carolina Now

The recent bridge collapse in Baltimore is an absolute nightmare, and our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this incredibly tough time. Beyond the heart-wrenching loss and the basic “whys” everyone’s dealing with, there’s one crucial question not many are asking: Can America rebuild the bridge?

Sure, it might seem odd to wonder about our capability to build a bridge in 2024, but sadly, it’s a valid concern these days. When you consider how our nation is faltering under inept globalist rule, dragged down by dangerous DEI agendas that place “charity” over excellence, and watching the decimation of hardworking middle-class America, the question isn’t just rhetorical—it’s a stark reflection of our abysmal current reality.

Revolver has been calling attention to this decline in American society for quite some time, starting from when Biden first introduced his “infrastructure bill.” Fast forward three years, and here we are: bridges collapsing, roads deteriorating, and let’s not even dive into the chaos unfolding in our skies or the sorry state of our airports. Meanwhile, as China makes serious strides forward, it feels like we’re just spinning our wheels, stuck in neutral. It’s a stark contrast that highlights where our priorities have been misplaced and the need for a serious reevaluation of how we invest in our nation’s future.

Infrastructure has been a popular cause on the right since Donald Trump’s presidential run began six years ago, and for good reason. If President Trump had started his first term with a massive bipartisan infrastructure project that included the Wall, rather than following GOP hack Paul Ryan’s tax cut agenda, the country would almost certainly be better off. Spending money to develop America and improve the lives of citizens is a much better use of the country’s wealth than fighting forever wars in the Hindu Kush or simply keeping half the country on the dole in one form or another.

But there needs to be a degree of realism as well: In the country America has become, it’s never as simple as just spending money on infrastructure instead of warfare and welfare. Without truly ambitious, far-reaching reforms, and a competent non-corrupt leadership class to implement them, infrastructure is either a spoils system for special interest clients, or simply an expensive effort to maintain a crumbling status quo.

This is the real tragedy of the infrastructure bill. It’s not just about waste, excessive expense, incompetence, or special interest grift, though all that is there and it is impossible to imagine a major bill without these corruptions. It’s also, at a deeper level, about the disappearance of greatness from our national spirit. Fifty-two years ago, the United States sent men to the moon. Today, America is no longer capable of a moon-landing level national project — in fact, America may literally be incapable of an actual moon landing, too. Regardless, this infrastructure bill aspires to nothing of the sort.

The question of whether we can rebuild that bridge is valid. Will Tanner, the co-founder and editor of “American Tribune,” is actually tackling this. He posted some serious food for thought in a recent post on X about this exact issue.  

It’s terribly sad, particularly for the families of those aboard the Dali and driving across the Francis Scott Key Bridge, that it collapsed but it’s also sad in what questions it raises about America’s competence: can we build a new one? When the over mile and a half long bridge was built in the 70s, America was a very different place. We could go to the moon. People were competent and hard-working. The insane grievance studies hadn’t made education worthless and kneecapped engineers. Regulation hadn’t made construction impossible. Now? We have supercomputers. There are still intelligent engineers and hardworking Americans around, just look at Space X.  But the “woke mind virus,” as Elon called it, has infected everything, everywhere. Regulation has stifled construction and furthered that mind virus.

So when it comes to building a steel-span bridge across Baltimore harbor in 2024, it’s hard to say that “yes, we can undoubtedly rebuild it” in the same way that we could have said so in the 70s or 80s. Someone competent like Elon could still make it happen, but so long as the regime, of which Baltimore’s government is undoubtedly a part, is involved and pushing its mandates on those trying to build it…not so much

So instead of the flying cars people from the time the bridge was built imagined we’d have, we’ll get a collapsed bridges and Boeing airplanes that fall apart.

The “rebuilding” is a genuine worry. Especially when you consider the skills gap in this country and how our geopolitical enemies are ramping up their electronic warfare game, we’re likely to see more issues like this arise.

Honestly, have you caught the unprofessional and downright bizarre reactions from Baltimore’s mayor and Maryland’s governor amidst this crisis? It’s astonishing.

The scary part is this: as we’re facing our own decline, other nations are advancing. The recent Baltimore bridge disaster could have been an attack, a result of DEI-related incompetence, or something else entirely. What’s clear, though, is that America is showing signs of wear and tear, and our focus shouldn’t be misplaced on absurd “pet projects” like electric cars or gender transitioning. It’s time to return to the fundamentals: roads, bridges, and airports, and see if we can spark that long-forgotten American “can do” spirit again. God knows we need it badly.

Source:  Here's the million-dollar question nobody is asking about the Baltimore bridge collapse... - Revolver News

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( March 31st, 2024 @ 2:32 pm )
No, the general public will not learn from this because they don't even know what the hell's going on.

This was/is a "black swan" event. It was a distraction to side track the less informed from the other distractions they believe to be legitimate.

People should be hip to the fly now. This is all a joke and the joke's on those who believe all of this is about Trump Vs. "Biden".
Big Bob said:
( March 29th, 2024 @ 10:12 am )
If you can point to one post where I said white people should be discriminated against or mistreated because of their skin color, I'll eat a bug.
( March 29th, 2024 @ 9:28 am )
This article raises some valid points. American education is no longer geared to producing the sort of competent people that we used to. Our industrial capacity is being hollowed out by globalization. Oh, and as far as Bigot Bob is concerned, he seems to see anything that does not trash white people as "racist".
Van Zant said:
( March 29th, 2024 @ 5:30 am )
The incredibly inept analysis by BBB serves as a humongous punctuation mark on the validity of this article.
Big Bob said:
( March 28th, 2024 @ 2:55 pm )
First RIP to the men doing bridge work who died.
Second, this is one of the most racist posts on the BO. The message is, the brown people have made us stupid. That’s the author’s take away.
None of the original post is true.
A ship hit a bridge. It happens. Do the instigation, punish wrong doing, implement policy so it doesn’t happen again.
( March 28th, 2024 @ 2:08 pm )
The Foreign Dredge Act is a purely protectionist law that forbids foreign-built dredges—vessels built to remove debris from waterways and to deepen and widen shipping channels—from operating in the U.S. Any foreign dredge caught doing work in American waters is subject to immediate forfeiture.
The Army Corp of Engineers is still using dredges built in the 1930s, for example, while a recent study from Tulane University found that "the combined capacity of the U.S. [hopper dredge] fleet is less than a single EU [European Union] dredging vessel."

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