Amtrak and Our Indecent Political Culture

Americans have now had more than 48 hours to grieve about Tuesday night’s Amtrak crash outside of Philadelphia that took the lives of eight persons and injured more than 200 others. The cause of the accident is yet to be determined but the fact that the train was going more than 100 miles per hour — twice the speed limit — would seem to indicate it was the result of human error or negligence. Yet even before rescuers finished removing the bodies, talking heads and pundits on the left were blaming this tragedy on Republicans who refuse to adequately fund Amtrak. While the pushback against this particularly nasty example of specious argument has begun, the willingness of our political class to exploit this tragedy tells us just how low our political culture has sunk.