A catastrophic train derailment has unleashed toxic fumes and pollutants into the air and water of East Palestine, Ohio, leaving the town’s inhabitants reeling with uncertainty about their future. The once-thriving community now stands in a state of disarray, with residents left wondering whether they will face long-term health consequences and whether their town will ever be the same again.
Despite the severity of the situation, weeks after the disaster, President Joe Biden has failed to visit. To make matters worse, he decided to instead visit Ukraine. This move has only served to exacerbate the sense of betrayal felt by the people of East Palestine. With this move, he has turned the concept of “America first” on its head, treating Americans last, and leaving many Americans feeling as if they are last in line for his attention and concern.
The people of East Palestine are not political pawns to be ignored or overlooked. They are hardworking citizens who deserve compassion, empathy and a strong leader who will take their concerns seriously. Rural America has been hit hard in recent years, and East Palestine is no different. It is time for our elected officials to prioritize the needs of all Americans, regardless of their location or background, and work toward creating a brighter future for everyone.
East Palestine is a town that has endured its fair share of challenges. Once a bustling community centered around coal mining, the town has been dealt a severe blow by the industry’s decline. Job losses and economic hardship have become a way of life for many residents, despite the valiant efforts of local leaders to attract fresh investment and industries. Compounding the town’s woes is the opioid epidemic, which has wreaked havoc on the lives of many, leaving them struggling with addiction and the resulting social and economic consequences.
Despite the ongoing struggles of East Palestine, U.S. politicians, including Biden, have largely turned a blind eye to this community. While the president has taken steps to address the concerns of rural America through initiatives such as the American Jobs Plan and the Rural Partnership Program, he has neglected the specific needs of communities like East Palestine, and with his visit to Ukraine, he has cemented the idea in the heads of rural Americans that they will always be ignored and treated as subhuman because their votes count little in presidential elections.
To be clear, the conflict in Ukraine is a pressing issue that demands attention and engagement from the United States. However, it is equally vital that we do not overlook the struggles of East Palestine and other similar communities. The two issues are interrelated, as the decline of traditional sectors like coal mining in the United States is linked to global economic trends and the shift toward alternative forms of energy production. By ignoring the challenges faced by communities like East Palestine, the president risks further entrenching the economic disparities that are driving much of the discontent and division in the country.
Furthermore, the disregard for communities like East Palestine prompts legitimate questions about the president’s dedication to achieving his stated aim of unifying the country. If the administration remains preoccupied with global issues and geopolitical concerns at the expense of the needs of rural and working-class Americans, it risks further heightening the feelings of estrangement and frustration that have prompted many voters to embrace populist and nationalist movements. This is not to suggest that the administration should ignore international issues but instead that it needs to balance these concerns with a commitment to domestic issues and the needs of all Americans.
Biden’s choice to overlook the environmental catastrophe taking place in East Palestine during his recent visit to Ukraine is a worrisome occurrence that raises significant concerns about his priorities and dedication to the welfare of all Americans. While the conflict in Ukraine is a crucial issue, the plight of rural and working-class communities in the United States must not be ignored. To confront the economic inequalities that are fueling much of the unrest and polarization in our country, the administration must prioritize the needs of all Americans, including those in disregarded and struggling communities like East Palestine.
The sentiment among many rural Americans that they are being overlooked and ignored by Democrats remains prevalent. The perceived lack of attention from the Biden administration, highlighted by missteps from Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg to the president himself, reinforces the sense of neglect felt by many in these communities. While Biden is in Ukraine, former President Donald Trump is in East Palestine showcasing the care and attention a leader should exemplify during a major disaster such as this.
As the 2024 presidential election approaches, Biden’s actions risk conveying the impression that he is out of touch with and unsympathetic toward struggling Americans. This perception could alienate swing voters who are already discontented with the direction of the country. The people of East Palestine are in urgent need of assistance, and it is the responsibility of the federal government to collaborate with state and local authorities to provide not only the necessary support and relief to alleviate the current crisis but also a sign of empathy and care by our elected officials to show that they care more about them than they do about their votes.
Where are the charitable organizations that are always first on the scene for disasters? Samaritans Purse comes to mind. They set up an entire camp for Covid. Not that it is their job, the railroad needs to be held responsible, clearly they are not trust worthy, nor care. Is it people are afraid of being in the toxic zone?
Miranda Rose Smith says
I was wondering myself. Who is responsible for keepimg tracks in good repair, so that there won’t be derailments? The railroad company? The Ohio Department of Transportatiom?
Ugly Sid says
Being deplorable has consequences.
If East Palestine had been filled with Middle East Palestinians the Bidenista wokesters would have been tripping all over themselves with glossy words about how much they care, clean up aid, $$$s, and tons of free stuff.
But it’s just those “White Supremacist, smelly Walmarters and deplorables who cling to their guns and religion. So why should the oh so sophisticated elitists care or bother with them. After all, they voted for Trump. So they got what’s coming, right? RIGHT?
Seriously, this current plague of Leftism must be destroyed before we lose it all.
Joan va says
As a poor working class hinterlander deplorable, I can tell you the cabal behind this demented cadaver child groper Biden, the ones who stole the 2020 election, are overjoyed that their number one enemy in this country, the deplorable Trump supporters, are breathing poisons and showering in chemicals. If they could annihilate us in one swoop they would but it’s not time yet. They Hate anyone who gets in their way.
Tex the Mockingbird says
They cant blame this on Trump since Biden is in the Whitehouse even though some of the more lower then a snake in Wagon Rut Media have been blaming Trump for the Balloon flyover
John Blackman says
no help from dementia joe and his cronies , for several reasons . white train driver , white clean up crew when they finally get round to it , white citizens . it’s all part of white privilege . pound sand the order of the day .
Andrew Blackadder says
If East Palestine was 92% black folks rather than being actually 92% white folks I can be 100% sure that Old Joe would have been there faster than a speeding bullet but those folks are not his folks even though Old Joe goes on and on about his working class background while totally ignoring working class white folks because they mostly voted for Trump and we can all see just who came out and tried to help those folks in East Palestine cant we?.
Old Joe is much more concerned about the International Borders and Pensions of Ukraine and its people than he is about the International Borders and Pensions of actual Americans whom he swore to protect and defend as this is the actual JOB of President as Trump did it 100% well for four short years and everything was just swell and now look at the state of the country… gawd help us…
Biden is not the one running the show. It is Obama and his policy of “make it hurt”. These are Trump supporters and the sooner we realize this the better we can be to deal with it