As a bred Floridian, like many Floridians I was born up north, I keep in touch with pals back home. As someone who worked Florida politics for ten years as a volunteer, I met a lot of people decades ago who today are involved with and/or at the top of Florida politics, mostly with the GOP. They have one thing to say these days: Ron DeSantis is going to be president one day. Deroy Murdock seems to agree with them.
— One America News (@OANN) July 11, 2021
Murdock: “Democrat governors Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gavin Newsom of California, and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan shatter virtually everything they touch. Ron DeSantis, conversely, seems to get everything right. The Florida Republican has emerged as America’s governor.
‘We’re standing with our folks. We’re going to do the right thing. We leaned into it, and we stood strong,’ DeSantis told Fox News host Tucker Carlson last month. Rather than snip a tax, kill a regulation, and then doze off—as too many Republicans have done—DeSantis is a tireless, full-spectrum conservative. He has authorized a host of economic, cultural, and law-enforcement initiatives that are buoying Florida and transforming him into the Great Right Hope.
In his first two months, DeSantis cut taxes by $335 million and led a Florida Deregathon that cut red tape, especially occupational-license requirements. DeSantis’s nominees replaced three state Supreme Court justices who reached 75—mandatory retirement age. The Court shifted from four liberals and three conservatives to one liberal and six conservatives.
DeSantis’ COVID-19 response enraged the Lockdown Left and cheered pro-freedom conservatives. He shunned mask mandates, was among the first governors to re-open for business, continued in-person learning, shielded seniors from COVID carriers (Cuomo did the reverse; 15,000 elderly New Yorkers died), and delivered below-average infection and fatality rates. DeSantis signed legislation that requires prison for rioters. He also penalized cities that defund their police.
Florida tabulated 11.4 million ballots and reported reliable results on Election Night 2020. DeSantis subsequently signed a new election-integrity law. DeSantis approved legislation to protect girl power in government-school sports: Among female competitors, penises are verboten.
In May, DeSantis dramatically expanded school choice. In June, he urged Florida’s state school board to kill Critical Race Theory (CRT) on government campuses. They did—unanimously.
‘There’s no room in our classrooms for things like Critical Race Theory,’ DeSantis declared, leaping intrepidly into America’s most incendiary controversy. ‘Teaching kids to hate our country and to hate themselves is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money.’ While DeSantis battles this rattlesnake venom that un-American teachers unions, school boards, and other cultural Marxists are pumping into government classrooms, he also supplies the antidote.
‘I put in a civics requirement for high schools in 2019,’ DeSantis said. And rather than tear America down, as does far-Left CRT, DeSantis expanded Florida’s curriculum to include ‘instruction on the evils of Communism and totalitarian ideology.’
‘We want all students to understand the difference,’ DeSantis told journalists on June 22. ‘Why would somebody flee across shark-infested waters?’ DeSantis asked. ‘Why would people leave these countries and risk their lives to be able to come here? It’s important that students understand that.’ “