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Debates will continue about whether Gov. Ron DeSantis should run for the Presidency in 2024 or whether people should support President Trump. I’ve seen insightful and intelligent arguments for both positions. But there’s one argument that I think is illegitimate and there are many reasons for pushing back on them: Ron DeSantis is not going to be swallowed by the swamp.
There are some key reasons for trusting that DeSantis is going to maintain his gritty, controversial and genuine Republican positions, and I’m going to explain those, and also the reasons that people are being coaxed into believing that he may not be so trustworthy.
The major reason for trusting DeSantis’ positions is that in spite of all the national criticism and abuse he’s been subjected to, he has remained steady in his decisions. Here are just a few examples when he’s angered others and it doesn’t stop his stating his positions. (I’ve italicized certain points for your review):
DeSantis’ latest move this week was signing legislation that would create a new security office to investigate allegations of voter fraud. The bill would also levy significant new penalties for violations of state election law, including fines of up to $50,000 for failing to submit voter registration forms within two weeks.
Never mind that there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in Florida, or that a judge recently struck down many of the provisions of DeSantis’ earlier ‘election fraud’ law. . .
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) . . .
Last week he signed a bill limiting the tenure for professors at state universities, who his Republican political allies have are trying to ‘indoctrinate’ students with liberal beliefs.
The coup de grace, however, came when DeSantis signed legislation that stripped Disney of the special tax status it has enjoyed for decades around its Orlando-area theme park. While good government supporters might find a reason to support such a move, DeSantis’ motivation appears far more insidious.
DeSantis claims the change is to curtail an overly powerful corporation. But the legislative assault dovetails perfectly with company officials pushing back on DeSantis’ so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill, which aims to restrict teacher-led discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in Florida public schools. Coincidence? Obviously not.
According to this writer for MSNBC, DeSantis’ motives are insidious and refers to him as “. . . quite possibly the most dangerous figure in American politics.” Efforts to damage DeSantis’ character and motives continue relentlessly, and will continue to keep him out of the swamp.
At this point, it seems reasonable to assume that DeSantis’ is consistent in pursuing Republican and Conservative principles and policies, and is fearless in fighting those who disagree with him. In fact, the mainstream media and Democrats are only able to fight back with lies and misinformation. Here is a sampling:
When DeSantis reopened the state and banned mask and vaccine mandates in schools, liberal media members blasted DeSantis as a ‘death cultist.’
‘The Right Wants to Freedom Us to Death,’ The New Republic editor Michael Tomasky complained in a headline.
‘Why not call it the DeSantis variant?’ CNN anchor Jim Acosta mused in August 2021.
And when DeSantis prioritized vaccine distribution for the state’s most vulnerable community, the elderly, he was accused of racism and favoritism toward whiter, Republican-leaning residents. Former Republican Governor-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist, who defeated Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, called for a federal investigation into alleged favoritism in the vaccine distribution plan.
In April 2021, CBS News’ ’60 Minutes’ delivered a heavily criticized report on DeSantis that implicitly accused the governor of giving Florida grocery store chain Publix lucrative rights to vaccine distribution in exchange for a $100,000 campaign donation. Several Florida Democrats named in the report, including Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner, blasted the report as false.
Most recently, a fake list of ‘banned books’ in Florida racked up thousands of retweets this week, duping prominent liberals like ‘Star Wars’ actor Mark Hamill and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten.
‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was on the fake list, as were other well-known titles including ‘A Wrinkle in Time,’ ‘The Giver,’ and ‘Of Mice and Men.’
The Palm Beach County School District temporarily removed ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from classrooms to review it earlier this year, but has since returned it, according to the Florida Freedom to Read Project, which tracks book removals across Florida school districts.
So Democrats, in lockstep with the mainstream media and their supporters, not only misrepresent DeSantis’ policies and legislation, but they rely on false narratives and lies.
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DeSantis can be accused of already being tarnished and corrupted by the swamp due to his time serving in Congress, too, where he represented Florida’s 6th district in House from 2013 to 2018. During that time, however, he frequently criticized Robert Mueller’s investigation, and was a founding member of the Freedom Caucus. And I am going to assume that he saw the “lay of the land” in what would be expected of a legislator who waded into that swamp. And he’ll have already learned how to avoid wading into the gunk this time around.
Although nothing is certain, if you are considering Gov. DeSantis as a Presidential candidate (assuming he chooses to run), I think he will continue to fight the good fight.Published in