Fig. 1. Post-collapse scene at the Fern Hollow Bridge, photograph by National Transportation Safety Board, January 29, 2022, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain.
I cross a lot of bridges in Pittsburgh every day. I see the neglect.
I’m not satisfied with the notion that, oh, we can just fix these bridges with “Inflation Reduction Act” money because that is, bluntly, a one-shot deal. If you can’t afford to maintain your infrastructure, you have to shut it down.
Jonathan D. Salant, “A look at the heaviest traveled deficient bridges in Western Pennsylvania,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 2, 2023, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/transportation/2023/09/02/western-pennsylvania-deficient-bridges/stories/202309010114
Fig. 1. Donald Trump booking photograph by Fulton County (Georgia) Sheriff’s Office, August 24, 2023, via New York, August 25, 2023, public domain.
But as a strategy against white Christian nationalism, I have to think a resounding defeat of Trump and the anti-abortion agenda might be more effective. And I think that’s precisely what the Republicans are cruising for.
Ryan J. Reilly, “Federal judge sets March trial date in Trump’s election interference case,” NBC News, August 28, 2023, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/federal-judge-set-trump-trial-date-election-interference-case-rcna101669
Tori Otten, “Former Judge Trashes ‘Stunningly Stupid’ Move From Trump’s Legal Team,” New Republic, August 29, 2023, https://newrepublic.com/post/175225/judge-stunningly-stupid-move-trump-legal-team-scottsboro-boys
Katelyn Polantz, “Giuliani loses defamation lawsuit from two Georgia election workers,” CNN, August 30, 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/08/30/politics/rudy-giuliani-georgia-election-workers/index.html
Jaclyn Diaz, “Proud Boys leaders sentenced to a combined 32 years for Jan. 6 riot,” National Public Radio, August 31, 2023, https://www.npr.org/2023/08/31/1196972258/proud-boys-sentence-jan-6-joseph-biggs
Erica Orden, “The sleeper legal fight that could define 2024: Is Trump even eligible to run?” Politico, September 1, 2023, https://www.politico.com/news/2023/09/01/fourteenth-amendment-insurrection-clause-trump-00113790
- Margaret Hartmann and Nia Prater, “All the Mug Shots of Donald Trump and His Alleged Co-Conspirators,” New York, August 25, 2023, https://nymag.com/intelligencer/article/trump-mug-shot-gallery.html↩
- Erica Orden, “The sleeper legal fight that could define 2024: Is Trump even eligible to run?” Politico, September 1, 2023, https://www.politico.com/news/2023/09/01/fourteenth-amendment-insurrection-clause-trump-00113790↩