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Weighing in on DeSantis
Weighing in on DeSantis (too long for email so go direct to see the entire post)
I originally decided not to post on any Political Candidate, but seeing Alex Berensons post today changed my mind. In particular this comment
Two years ago, Ron DeSantis was as much of a hero to me as any politician had ever been.
Other leaders had bent the knee to the health authoritarians who pretended Covid was the plague. Not DeSantis. He locked down late, then reopened almost immediately. He fought teachers unions and county executives to open schools and end mask mandates.
He did all this against overwhelming media pressure and without much help from fellow Republicans, including the one in the White House.
He did lockdown late but partly because the Spring Break was a major tourist event and he waited till it was well over, plus most of the counties were locking down on their own. The timing may have been to give support to Trumps extension of the Lockdowns since he talked to Trump before doing so. The State didn’t fully open until the fall when cooler weather brings in more visitors/seasonal residents from the North. More about that later.
Before I begin, I am want to say I am politically agnostic at this point. My being the first registered Republican in a Boston area neighborhood that was blue through and through in 1980 , and getting mail from the Republican Party enraged my Father since we had the same name. What would the neighbors and mailman think?. How could he look the mailman in the eye as he received the mail while sitting on the porch? Not long after my Father joined in on the Reagan mania and became a Die Hard Republican for the rest of his life. Maybe a coincidence but he got sick around the same time Obama took office before surrendering after the great Red Sox collapse of 2011.
Of course, I soon lost my affection for the Hollywood Actor and after flirting with Clinton I realized my folly .None of these elected saviors would ever change things for the better and would not stop the decline that began soon after the JFK hit job. Elections are America’s Opiate that feed our Hopium Addiction. Next time will be different. After awhile you realize repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is insane.
The 21st century brought us Bush Jr, Obama, Trump and Demented Joe. One train wreck after the other. Half the country caught up in their party Religion blames all the woe on the other Party and ignore their sides Sins. Its basically a Religious War but the Machines are directed by the same Pope (our Corporate ELite). Politics today is nothing more than Fake Wrestling and Elections are decided behind closed doors in the prototypical smoke-filled rooms in Davos and Bilderberg hotels, and if the electors don’t vote the right way they have ways to fix that.
IMO political parties, at least in their Americanized form, are an impediment to democracy. We would be much better off without the Party Machines and if candidates could just identify themselves as Republican or Democrat w/o the machine rigging primary elections on both sides to set up the prearranged Fake Wrestling Match where the winner, no matter who it is, will serve the Elite Masters.
So on to DeSantis who has been chosen by the Elite to join the Circus and entertain us. The way it looks is the Republican Machine is giving us 2 Israeli Firsters to chose from.
So moving on the first thing I would like to set straight is DeSantis record on Lockdowns. Contrary to some assertions I have seen , including in Berenson’s post, Florida did not have just a brief Lockdown. Perhaps they are defining Lockdown in a narrower sense (State Stay at Home Orders) although Restrictions were far longer lasting and a broader use of the term includes these. Florida did not fully reopen until September.
Only 20 states kept stay at home orders beyond the 1st week of May, but many remained in place at county/city level, including Florida. 10 states had either no stay at home orders or their expiration became effective before May 1
“Florida: Gov. Ron DeSantis' allowed restaurants and stores to reopen at 25% capacity on May 4. All businesses in Florida’s most populous counties -- Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach -- remain closed.”
I cant find the link for this but its from a post I read in late 2020 that I copied to notes
March 9: DeSantis declares a state of emergency to create a pathway to obtain funding and resources to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Hours later, the state announces that another Volusia County woman with a recent history of international travel tested positive.
March 11: DeSantis places limits on who can visit nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
The same day, the CDC awards $27 million to Florida to stop the virus’ spread.
March 13: The state orders that all Florida public schools take an additional week offafter spring break with the intent to resume classes on March 30.
March 17: DeSantis orders that all bars and nightclubs be shut down state-wide.
We learn students won’t return to class until at least mid-April.
March 20: DeSantis orders that all restaurants switch to take-out and delivery only to prevent guests from dining inside.
Orange County is the first in Central Florida to institute a curfew.
March 22: The day ends with 937 confirmed cases in Florida residents and 70 confirmed cases in non-Florida residents, totaling 1,007 Florida-related cases. That night, officials from Florida State Parks announce that every state park will close.
March 23: DeSantis orders that anyone flying from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to Florida self-isolates for 14 days.
Later that night, DeSantis asks Trump for a major disaster declaration, which would allow certain FEMA programs to be activated.
March 24: Stay-at-home orders are issued for parts of Miami-Dade County, Alachua County and Orange County. About half the state’s reported COVID-19 cases are in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
March 25: Osceola County becomes the second in Central Florida to issue a stay-at-home order for residents. A total of 1,977 Florida-related coronavirus cases, including 110 non-Florida residents in the state, have been identified.
March 26: Brevard County closes down beaches Friday through Sunday during peak hours.
April 1: Although he’s been reluctant to do so, DeSantis issues a statewide stay-at-home order that will go into effect toward the end of the week.
April 17: Florida’s governor gives the green light for some beaches and parks to reopenif it can be done safely, and north Florida beaches became among the first to allow people to return
April 18: DeSantis announces that schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year. Florida releases the names of long-term care facilities that have experienced coronavirus cases among their residents or staff
April 29: DeSantis announces that the stay-at-home order will lift for the majority of the state apart from the hardest-hit counties on May 4. Many businesses that have been shuttered for weeks will be permitted to operate at limited capacity but gyms and salons will remain closed.
May 15: DeSantis announces that on May 18, Florida will enter what he calls “full phase one” of reopening. That includes allowing gyms and restaurants to operate at 50% capacity.
June 3: DeSantis announces that Florida will enter phase two of reopening starting June 5. That means bars, tattoo parlors and other establishments will be able to reopen with restrictions Phase two excludes Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties out of the state’s total of 67 counties.
June 20: A new mandate requiring Orange County residents to wear masks while in public goes into effect. Florida reports more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day increase since the pandemic began.
June 26: The state announces that Florida bars will no longer be able to serve alcohol for on-site consumption.
The new rule does not apply to restaurants. That day set a new record for new cases with 8,942.
Sept. 10: The state announces that bars can reopen beginning Sept. 14 with 50% indoor capacity.
Sept. 11: Given that case numbers are improving even in South Florida, DeSantis says that Miami-Dade and Broward counties can enter phase two of reopening.
Sept. 25: DeSantis announces that effective immediately, Florida will move into phase three of reopening. This lifts any state capacity restrictions on restaurants and bars. The governor also has made it so local governments can’t restrict restaurants from operating at less than 50% capacity.
So basically 6 months of “Lockdowns or Restrictions”. A lot of damage was done during these 6 months. Obviously he has redeemed himself somewhat , and we will get to that soom
Now lets take a closer look at his past. I ran into a really interesting article a couple of years ago which seems to check out based on my readings
To begin with, DeSantis attended both Yale and Harvard. If you didn’t already know, this is THE breeding ground for establishment rulers and shadowy figures. Yale and Harvard are the two most preferred schools for the Central Intelligence Agency’s recruitment efforts.
Since WWII, Yale has been a den of CIA recruitment. Historian Robin W. Winks in his 1987 book Cloak & Gown: Scholars in the Secret War, 1939-1961 said, “Rightly or wrongly, a historian could, in assessing the link between the university and the agency, declare in 1984 that Yale had influenced the CIA more than any other university did.”
There are too many Yalies who became CIA to list here, but three of the agencies directors—George H.W. Bush, R. James Woolsey and Porter Goss—were Yale graduates. I’d like to note that Goss, before becoming director, was a representative in the House of Representatives from 1989 until 2004 in Florida.
At Yale, DeSantis was captain of the baseball team. The CIA was known to recruit from sports teams, often employing coaches to pick out desirable candidates.
I’m not even going to get into the whole Skull and Bones craziness at Yale, but if you’re interested, look up “Skull and Bones, Prescott Bush, Geronimo’s skull and masturbation initiation ritual.”
After Yale, DeSantis went on to Harvard Law. In Daniel Golden’s book, Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America’s Universities, he revealed how Harvard knowingly allowed undercover CIA agents onto its campus to recruit agents and assets. While the university's administrators were aware of the disguised agents, the faculty was not. The administrators also worked diligently to hide their true identities. “We will protect your identity,” one administrator said. “We serve the government. This is our government.”
During his last year at Harvard law, the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG) selected DeSantis for its program. Less than a year after graduating, DeSantis was sent to Guantanamo Bay, the CIA’s most famous extrajudicial torture outpost. While there, DeSantis worked directly with inmates to “advocate for the fair and humane treatment of the detainees to ensure the U.S. military complied with the law.”
More specifically, DeSantis acted as a prosecutor. How one might fairly and humanely “prosecute” in the absence of habeas corpus is a mystery to me. Any efforts to find out what exactly DeSantis did during his time at GITMO is next to impossible, especially when records are known to mysteriously disappear.
It would appear that DeSantis’s time at Guantanamo did not soften his heart or lead to any critical thinking. During a May 16, 2016 hearing as chairman of the House Oversight Committee’s National Security Subcommittee, he argued against releasing the remaining 80 detainees still at Gitmo, saying they were “hardened and unrepentant” jihadis and releasing them would only “risk harming America’s national security…in case they returned to terrorism.”
Right after Guantanamo, DeSantis was sent 2007 to Iraq to act as a senior legal adviser to the Navy SEALs in Fallujah. No details have been released about his time in Iraq or his responsibilities during the deadliest year of the entire war. As a JAG in Iraq, it was his job to give legal cover to soldiers. In other words, he would help decide whether it was legal or not to risk shooting civilians during a military operation.
During his campaign for governor DeSantis said, “As soon as I take the oath of office, that very day, we’ll have the most pro-Israel governor in the country.” As governor, he suspended the first amendment with his Anti-Semitism Protections Bill which makes is a crime to criticize the state of Israel
Just last year, Disney had a direct line to DeSantis’s administration. When DeSantis and co. proposed the Stop the Censorship of Floridians by Big Tech, a bill that targeted companies like Facebook, Twitter, but also Disney+, a special amended was proposed that carved out an exemption for the Walt Disney Company.
It was revealed Disney had a direct line to the DeSantis administration and wrote the amendment. Nor is Disney on the morally just side of marginalized people. Disney has no morals. It functions with the cold math of every major corporation: where is the money?
DeSantis versus Disney is not some biblical battle of good and evil. Both DeSantis and Disney come from the same intelligence apparatus.
Take that for what it is worth. I don’t know that he is Skull & Bones since they no longer publish lists, but he no doubt travels in ELite circles and potentially is a Spook.
In 2017, DeSantis would position himself as one of President Trump’s most ardent champions. He would run for governor of Florida in 2018, releasing a commercial in which he instructed his infant children to “build the wall” and read to them from Trump’s The Art of the Deal, while a caption identified him as a “pitbull Trump defender.
But back in 2016, the Yale and Harvard graduate and former Navy lawyer seemed a perfectly normal Bush-Romney Republican.
When DeSantis entered Florida’s Republican gubernatorial primary, he mostly downplayed questions of merely statewide concern, choosing instead to emphasize national and indeed international matters, such as his commitment to the U.S. alliance with Israel, and his Trumpist bona fides, as immortalized in a campaign advertisement in which he playfully exhorted his small daughter to “build the wall” (with colorful toy bricks).
2018 election was marred by irregularities, and the counting of votes in the gubernatorial and Senate races dragged on for days. While Rick Scott, the then-governor of Florida, sought the president’s help in pressuring his opponent to concede defeat, DeSantis wanted Trump to stay out of his own recount battle, reportedly out of a desire to defuse rising political tensions in a state that had become the country’s premier political battleground.
Denounced as a racist during his gubernatorial campaign for warning that Florida voters would “monkey this up,” “this” being Florida’s prosperity, by embracing Gillum and his program of higher minimum wages and more expansive social spending, DeSantis seemed keen to prove that he was more than a Trumpist caricature.
Lets look at Vaccinations
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday addressed the rising number of coronavirus infections in the state and said the key to stopping a surge in COVID-19-related hospitalizations and deaths is to increase the statewide vaccination rate.
“These vaccines are saving lives. They are reducing mortality,” DeSantis said during a news conference in St. Petersburg. “I can tell you that we’re going to end up having over 95% of folks that end up seriously ill from this point on are going to be people who are not vaccinated. And so, that’s the single most important thing that people can understand.”
For some reason DeSantis seemed unaware of the VAERS data and increase in Excess Deaths in his own state which at the time that could not be explained by COVID or Lockdowns
And while he stopped mandates, he still allowed businesses to require testing and wear masks if they chose not to get vaccinated
The new law prevents businesses from having vaccine mandates unless they allow workers to opt out for medical reasons, religious beliefs, immunity based on a previous infection, regular testing or an agreement to wear protective gear.
To his credit he did manage to convene a Grand Jury to investigate the Vaccine Mfr but I am unclear if they are also investigating CDC and FDA as well (and the DoD’s DMED database). In any event not much news 6 months in.
And DeSantis really doesnt like people protesting
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday that makes it illegal to protest or picket outside a person's home and gives police the authority to arrest violators who don't disperse after a warning.
"Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate," DeSantis said in a statement. "This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities, and I am glad to sign it into law."
While he might have a point regarding private residences he also signed legislation that would jail peaceful protesters for the sins of protesters that go rogue . In effect, collective punishment like Israel uses against Palestinians
DeSantis has pushed legislation that makes it more difficult — and increases the potential jail times — for state residents who peacefully protest and demonstrate, a right enshrined in the First Amendment. (A judge has blocked parts of the law; DeSantis has vowed to appeal.)
Conservative Republicans love to make righteous ideological arguments about the heavy hand of big government. And yet, when faced with a perfect example of legislation that is intended to chill free speech, most are cheering DeSantis’ move.
Florida's new “anti-riot” law championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis as a way to quell violent protests is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
The 90-page decision by U.S. District Judge Mark Walker in Tallahassee found the recently-enacted law “vague and overbroad” and amounted to an assault on First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly as well as the Constitution's due process protections.
People engaged in peaceful protest or innocently in the same area when a demonstration turned violent could face criminal charges and stiff penalties under the law, the judge said
Civil Military Force? Really?
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to reestablish a World War II-era civilian military force that he, not the Pentagon, would control.
He certainly is a big supporter of the Military and those who served. The latter is a good thing. Maybe as President he can do something about those Veterans being discriminated against by Universities from finishing their college education (paid by the USG ) because they cant or won’t get vaccinated.
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis signed three military- and veteran-related bills into law to establish a “Purple Star Campus Program,” help transitioning servicemembers gain workforce training, and enhance veterans’ preference in hiring.
“Florida is the most military- and veteran-friendly state in the nation,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “In my time as Governor, we have worked hard to serve those who have served our country by making investments in military bases, schools around those bases, and programs that serve veterans and their families. Today, I’m proud to build on that legacy by signing three bills that continue to provide resources for military servicemembers, veterans, and their families.”
I must say I am not opposed to his stance on what gets taught in the schools
Florida passed a law: Florida introduced House Bill 1557—a.k.a. the Parental Rights in Education Act, or the “Don’t Say Gay” bill—which prohibited classroom instruction of sexual orientation and gender identity before fourth grade or in any classroom “in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.” This vague language upset LGBTQ activists and, more generally, liberals and libertarians who viewed it in the context of other states’ attempts to discourage the discussion of LGBTQ issues and lifestyles in schools.
Florida passed another law, punishing Disney for saying it didn’t like the first law: In retaliation, Florida Republicans, led by DeSantis, whipped up a new law that removed Disney’s special tax and regulatory autonomy in Disney World. Technically speaking, they dissolved a “special improvement district,” which had allowed Disney to build stuff as it saw fit and tax itself to provide services, like firefighters if the rides burst into flames.
Pausing here, we can already make out a few details that are somewhat unusual. Florida’s original bill was alarmingly vague, leaving all sex-ed and gender-identity instruction open to potential lawsuits from litigious parents.
Disney’s about-face was a reminder of the power of the liberal professional class, which pushed the company’s reluctant CEO into the political arena against his initial judgment.
And then there’s the ethical pretzel of DeSantis, who enjoys talking about his support for free speech, but also punished Disney for the sin of speaking freely.
Israel First. Free speech except …….
DeSantis championed and signed a bill that essentially bans criticism of Israel.
2019’s HB 741 bans any speech in the public school systems of Florida deemed to be “making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations” about Jews or “the power of Jews as a collective,” such as “the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions.”
HB 741 also bans “applying a double standard to Israel by requiring behavior of Israel that is not expected or demanded of any other democratic nation, or focusing peace or human rights investigations only on Israel.”
Such language is impossible to ban on public schools and universities, where hundreds of thousands of people often speak about matters of political importance.
Powerful pro-Israel lobbying organizations often push similar measures to shut down criticism of Israel. Regardless of the political implications of the nation’s reputation in America and across the world, Florida’s law that narrowly identifies and essentially criminalizes specific political speech in public places is nakedly unconstitutional. There’s no reason to think this law has ever been enforced on any university campus, or it would almost instantly be overthrown by courts that recognize its violations of the First Amendment.
The bill also adds religion as a protected class to the state’s anti-discrimination laws, but its language pertaining specifically to criticism of Israel are unlike any speech code in law throughout the United States today.
DeSantis, who signed the bill in Israel, could conceivably push such a federal speech code as President if elected. This would open a range of new possibilities for censorious leftists eager to criminalize any criticism of liberalism, who would use law DeSantis already enacted to further censor conservatives and libertarians.
Florida Governor Ron Desantis issued a statement on Tuesday evening at the beginning of Israeli Memorial Day.
DeSantis vowed to stand “shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel” and recognized “those who have lost their lives in defense of the beacon of democracy and liberty in the Middle East, our ally, the State of Israel.”
“Every casualty on the battlefield or loss of life in an act of terror is a tragedy. Your presence here to remember those who have passed and honor their legacies reminds us that the flourishing of the Jewish state today is rooted in the sacrifices of those who have laid down their lives over the past three-quarters of a century.”
The governor went on to tout his pro-Israel accomplishments.
“I have been a staunch supporter of Israel throughout my time in elected office. As a Congressman, I worked to ensure Israel maintained its qualitative military edge and received the military assistance Israel needs to defend itself.”
“I pushed for the US embassy to be moved to Jerusalem…and I encouraged the US to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.”
“My administration has also combatted the antisemitic BDS movement by placing companies that target Israel on Florida’s List of Scrutinized Companies that Boycott Israel, including Airbnb and Ben & Jerry’s.”
Ron DeSantis, Florida’s new governor, should be really proud of himself. He recently recalled that when he ran for governor “…[he] promised to be the most pro-Israel governor in America and that the first delegation [he] would lead would be to the state of Israel.”
When he confirmed that he would be taking his entire cabinet with him as part of a 75-person delegation scheduled to leave for Israel on May 25th, he boasted that “Today I’m pleased to report that I’m keeping that promise. Our delegation will bring business, academic and political leaders to help strengthen the bond between Florida and Israel.” DeSantis has promised to hold a meeting of his Cabinet in the American Embassy in Jerusalem during his visit, the first time that such a meeting has ever been held by a state government on foreign soil. During the meeting he will ostentatiously sign a legislative bill “combating anti-Semitism.”
DeSantis heads to Jerusalem before announcing his Presidential Candidacy
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in Jerusalem during the latter’s high-profile trip to Israel this week, but his office issued no statements or photographs from the meeting, and it was not immediately reported in Israeli media.
Bibi after all already has his man (poodle) in Trump, whom he once compared to Cyrus
Florida’s governor and presidential aspirant Ron DeSantis’s groveling performance in bowing to Jewish power and money during his own trip to Israel. His abhorrent crawling before his masters culminated in his signing a new state law that will inter alia exploit the “hate” mechanism to criminalize nearly all criticism or even skepticism regarding Israeli apartheid, of the co-called holocaust narrative, or of the behavior of Jewish groups and individuals.
At the signing, DeSantis boasted how “We are doing what we can do in Florida to enhance the ability to hold people accountable when that really crosses the line into threatening conduct. We are fighting back.”
He also made clear that the legislation was as much about Israel as about Judaism, arguing that rejecting “Israel’s right to exist is antisemitism” and adding that the non-violent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is “DOA” in his state. He also bizarrely described “Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons” as an “existential threat to the state of Israel and to the United States of America.”
Perhaps DeSantis should have checked with the CIA and even Mossad before commenting on Iran as both have confirmed that the Iranians do not currently have a nuclear weapons program.
Unsurprisingly DeSantis claims that “Florida is the most Israel-friendly state in the country and as long as I’m Governor, we will continue to stand with the Jewish community.”
One wonders whether Ron DeSantis, if elected president in 2024, just might hold his inauguration in Jerusalem, just as he did when he became governor. It would actually be something of a relief – at last the ultimate acknowledgement of who is really in charge back here in America.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday announced his intention to appeal a court ruling that would block abortions after 15 weeks.
The Florida legislature passed the law, known has House Bill 5, and DeSantis signed it in April. The law bans most abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy unless the health of the mother is threatened or unless the baby has a "fatal fetal abnormality," according to the Washington Post.
This abortion bill might help him in the primaries but if he can somehow be nominated its going to kill him in the general election
Conclusion: The only thing DeSantis has going for him is he isn’t Trump, but I really am fed up with neocon Israeli Firsters and Skull & Bone (maybe) Presidents . Hard Pass
That said I see DeSantis as Trumps eventual running mate after the primaries. The ELite seem to want Trump back in 2025. My guess is Trump will be the new Woodrow Wilson. Runs for a 2nd term to keep us out of a War with Russia and then brings Wars with China over Taiwan and Mexico (lot of Chinese Production in Mexico, although the excuse will be the Drug Cartels).
Its funny how we cant keep drugs from crossing the border like we can people (we do stop the people but we then we let some of them in).
I might do a post on RFK Jr and Trump, but then again I might not. Not wasting my time on Biden, his crimes are an open book and I would just be preaching to the choir (I doubt any loyal Democrat sees anything I write)
That said if I had my druthers I would prefer RFK Jr, although his Climate Change stance bothers me, and I can’t imagine them allowing him to Win or stay alive if by some miracle he did win.