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Writing about Gov. Ron DeSantis is always so satisfying for me, that I rarely pass up an opportunity to celebrate his latest accomplishments. And as I was writing this post, I realized that living in a country that is plagued with selfish, unethical, and dystopian activity, where we can’t trust our federal leadership and bureaucrats, where we are constantly bombarded with distortions or suffer from a lack of candor and information, we have the opportunity to switch our attention to those who may actually save this country. And Ron DeSantis leads the pack.
Now I’m not just talking about governors, although there a number of them who have gained my attention and respect. But I’m talking about legislators and even media representatives whom I believe can be counted on. They are almost always consistent in their positions, they are risk-takers and they repeatedly expound on their commitment to the people of this country, and their allegiance to this country transcends the positions they hold. Jim Jordan and Rick Scott are two legislators who immediately come to mind. They won’t be pushed around, and are not afraid to alienate people. Mollie Hemingway, Byron York, Holman Jenkins, and David Harsanyi are four journalists who are fearless as well. I’ll speak more to their relevance to this country.
But going back to my latest praise for DeSantis . . .
He refuses to back down from the universities. These institutions have corrupted the minds of our citizens in unconscionable and destructive ways. And we have allowed them to become an arrogant elite. DeSantis was temporarily stopped in his actions against the Woke agenda, but has responded with a new effort:
This memo comes almost two months after a judge temporarily blocked DeSantis’ ‘Stop WOKE’ Act from restricting race-related curriculum and conversation in colleges and universities, which is still being battled out in the courts. WOKE in the bill stands for ‘Wrongs to Our Kids and Employees.’
The law restricts lessons and training on race and diversity in schools and in the workplace, particularly anything that discusses privilege or oppression based on race, or whether someone ‘bears personal responsibility for and must feel guilt, anguish, or other forms of psychological distress’ due to U.S. racial history.
‘No one should be instructed to feel as if they are not equal or shamed because of their race,” DeSantis said in a statement on the signing of the bill. ‘In Florida, we will not let the far-left woke agenda take over our schools and workplaces. There is no place for indoctrination or discrimination in Florida.’
In spite of the temporary hold on the WOKE act, DeSantis continues his crusade:
Chris Spencer, director of DeSantis’ Office of Policy and Budget, sent a memo Dec. 28 to Education Commissioner Manny Diaz Jr. and state university system Chancellor Ray Rodrigues, who oversee the college and university systems.
‘As the Executive Office of the Governor prepares policy and budget proposals ahead of the 2023 Legislative Session, it is important that we have a full understanding of the operational expenses of state institutions,’ Spencer wrote in the memo.
The memo said colleges and universities are required to ‘provide a comprehensive list of all staff, programs and campus activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion and critical race theory.’
In addition, they are directed to detail ‘costs associated with the administration of each program or activity,’ including a description of the activities, paid positions and how much of the money is provided by the state.
Diaz and Rodrigues are required to collect and submit the schools’ responses by Jan. 13.
No one is surprised that professors at Florida universities are appalled:
United Faculty of Florida President Andrew Gothard, said Wednesday his union is ‘deeply concerned’ about the Dec. 28 memo, which he called a ‘horrible directive.’
‘Attempts such as these by the governor to chill speech and to intimidate those he disagrees with into remaining silent, altering their curriculum, and silencing their students are an affront to democracy and the American way of life,’ Gothard, who is a professor at Florida State University, said in a statement to The News Service of Florida.. ‘Let those who supported Governor DeSantis in the recent election heed this warning: A man who will silence those whom he disagrees — in the classroom and beyond — will one day find a reason to silence you as well.’
It’s ironic that a professor is warning Americans that they will be silenced, since they are the ones who have tried to silence anyone who disagrees with their Woke agenda. DeSantis is demonstrating that the public universities in Florida may no longer develop anti-American and destructive curricula with abandon. He has the right to demand accountability from those who receive state funds, whether they protest his goals or not. My response to all those who are unhappy with his actions to protect Americans:
Deal with it.
I wonder if some universities will ignore the memo. Or make excuses for not responding on January 13. And I wonder if and how DeSantis will respond to their non-compliance.
And to those people of influence that I mentioned earlier who agree with his ultimate goals, whether they are in government or in the media, please take note. We are counting on you to continue your efforts and inspire others to get on board. And we thank you for your efforts.
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