Surfside Condo Collapse Brings Out Politics

Surfside Condo Collapse Brings Out Politics

Surfside Condo Collapse Brings Out Politics

You knew this was going to happen. Maybe you were hoping it wouldn’t. But here we are — a massive tragedy occurs with the collapse of the condominium tower in Surfside, FL, and politics rears its ugly head.

Let’s start with this gem from Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA. On Friday, Kirk tweeted that he spoke with “several architects” who believe that domestic terrorists brought the building down.

Kirk didn’t name the “architects” with whom he spoke, nor did he provide any other information as to which flavor of “domestic terrorism” was responsible. The handful of white supremacist groups that Joe Biden tells us are lurking everywhere? Antifa, whose terrorism is pretty much limited to street thuggery? None of these groups have the mental wattage to pull off such an engineering stunt. So Charlie, let’s not go conspiracy here, okay? We’ve already experienced the Loose Change lunatics who thought 9/11 was an inside job. We don’t need any more of such nonsense.

On the other side of the political divide there are those who blame climate change! Because of course!

Apparently the land under the Champlain Towers South had been sinking about 2 millimeters per year through much of the 1990’s. But while Shimon Wdowinski, professor of earth and environment at Florida International University, said that the collapse “appears to be something very localized to one building,” and that “the problem was more likely to be related to the building itself,” that didn’t stop the media from jumping to climate change theories. Yahoo News quoted alarmist warnings from Harold Wanless, the director of University of Miami’s geological sciences department. They also called Wanless an “expert on sea level rise.”

Wanless told Yahoo News:

“Just using the U.S. government projections, we could be at 11 to over 13 feet [of sea level rise] by the end of the century. There’s only 3 percent of Miami-Dade County that’s greater than 12 feet above sea level.”

“People have to understand how serious this is going to be quickly, in the next two or three decades. We’re just seeing the beginning of this accelerated ice melt.”

What’s more, other people in the media have tried to make political hay out of the tragedy by pointing fingers at FL Gov. Ron DeSantis. For example, Hannah Dreier of the Washington Post blasted DeSantis in a tweet for not allowing FEMA to get onsite for a full day.

But apparently Hannah Dreier doesn’t know how the emergency chain of command works. Or, more likely, she does know, but wants to trash DeSantis as much as possible. As one Twitter user pointed out:

“Time to kill another conspiracy theory: How this works: Emergency declaration from the local government -> state government -> federal government. The mayor didn’t sign an emergency order until 4:33 pm ET. The governor signed one less than an hour later, at 5:32pm.”

Plus, DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw set the record straight on the Surfside tragedy, with receipts.


And here’s a link to the state of emergency that DeSantis signed, one hour after the declaration signed by Mayor Cava. Note the time stamp at the very end: 5:32 PM.

So did Dreier delete her false tweets? Nope, I was still able to embed one for this post. It is as the late Rush Limbaugh would say: They tell you whom they fear. And the one Republican whom leftists fear, perhaps even more than Donald Trump, is Ron DeSantis.

But despite the falsehoods and conspiracies, we’re learning more about the tragedy in Surfside, and it appears to have been a perfect storm of possible design flaws, shoddy construction, and even corruption. We’re learning that developers of the tower may have been paying off officials for permits, too.

In addition, CBS Miami has reported on letters that residents of the very building that collapsed sent in 2019 to complain about nearby construction. They had concerns, but were brushed off. Not my problem, said the chief building official from the City of Surfside.

As of this writing, ten people are dead in Surfside. There are about 150 people still missing, with the odds of them being found alive rapidly dwindling. In fact, it’s been over 100 hours since the last person emerged alive from the rubble, which most likely means no more survivors. Funerals will be conducted in the days and weeks ahead, while families mourn.

Meanwhile investigators try to figure out just what caused this 13-story building to collapse. How shameful it is that some people have to make political hay out of a tragedy, armed with only a minimum of facts. All while scores of bodies still remain within the rubble, and their loved ones still haven’t buried them.


Featured image: Phillip Pessar/City of Surfside Construction/cropped/CC BY 2.0.

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Kim is a pint-sized patriot who packs some big contradictions. She is a Baby Boomer who never became a hippie, an active Republican who first registered as a Democrat (okay, it was to help a sorority sister's father in his run for sheriff), and a devout Lutheran who practices yoga. Growing up in small-town Indiana, now living in the Kansas City metro, Kim is a conservative Midwestern gal whose heart is also in the Seattle area, where her eldest daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live. Kim is a working speech pathologist who left school system employment behind to subcontract to an agency, and has never looked back. She describes her conservatism as falling in the mold of Russell Kirk's Ten Conservative Principles. Don't know what they are? Google them!

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  • Scott says:

    Good post Kim, the only part I’ll take minor exception with is “In fact, it’s been over 100 hours since the last person emerged alive from the rubble, which means no more survivors.”.. while that’s likely correct, there’s still very much a chance for survivors. As an example, while it wasn’t a building collapse obviously, there are accounts after Pearl Harbor that when the sunken ships were finally raised, they found calendars with the days marked off AFTER Christmas, which would have been nearly three weeks after the attack.
    If one was to compare this to 9/11 I would say that the difference is visible immediately, in the very large pieces of debris, due to the fact that the maximum height anything fell from was 12 stories, while the trade centers fell as much as 110 stories, and the lower debris was impacted by the same force, pulverizing everything, and leaving few if any voids.
    Just my 2/c

    • GWB says:

      My concern with survivors is that it appeared the floors all pancaked onto each other, leaving less chance of cavities in which someone could survive. But miracles have certainly been known to happen. I hope a whole bunch do in this case.

  • Bucky says:

    An example of DDS, DeSantis Derangement Syndrome, from the Left. Look at who they fear and you will know who to support.

    Remember Ashli Babbitt!

  • Russ Wood says:

    Looking at the video made available on the news, I was struck by the similarity of the collapse to the videos that are widely available of DEMOLITIONS. Just like the deliberate destruction, it started with the lower floor ‘blowing out’, and the floors above collapsing onto the first level. I’m not, in any way, suggesting that the collapse WAS deliberate, but the similarities ought to be explored.

    • That’s not an indicator. Just about ALL structural failures that lead to complete collapse happen at the bottom, where the most stress is found.

      As an example, if you have a bad section of roof on your house, you can repair it before you sell it, no problem. A cracked foundation slab – unsellable (in most States).

    • GWB says:

      The reason for the similarity is that demolitions have carefully planned ‘failures’ planned so that the building doesn’t go hit another building that isn’t supposed to collapse that day, and it may be that one failure in the condo wasn’t enough for a collapse, but required a couple more places to finally fail, as well. Then it all came down together as failures happened in quick succession.

      But, never count out a theory until the evidence is thoroughly examined.

  • GWB says:

    the land … had been sinking about 2 millimeters per year through much of the 1990’s
    that didn’t stop the media from jumping to climate change theories
    Ummm, the land sinking is NOT the same as the ocean rising. Unless you’re a relativist, I guess. (And this is a common worry about big buildings on beaches, for me. Usually they require pillars that go waaaaay down, like to bedrock, or close.)

    this accelerated ice melt
    You mean all that ice melt that’s been making the ice caps and glaciers grow the last several years?

    developers of the tower may have been paying off officials for permits
    Crikey. I hope they have names and numbers, because someone needs to go to jail for a looooong time.

    Honestly, the left politicizes everything. It has to do with Progressivism being a religion, and therefore a worldview that informs everything you do and see.

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