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Some of the people of Florida are attempting to defend their state. Known as “America’s Joke,” the Sunshine State has become one of the most radical in the south, the area of America confirmed as the most racist, bigoted, homophobic, and sexist states in America.
“The truth lives here,” and I have no reservations about my allegation that the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, is a fascist whose ambitions include becoming our nation’s first dictator. DeSantis is on the same level as Donald Trump, supporting white supremacy, sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and the shredding of the Constitution.
Many Floridians claim that “Florida is not a red state. We are a blue state where Democrats have given up.” Any state which elected DeSantis is a deep red state and denies the principles of the United States of America. They cannot claim to support the Constitution while allowing a traitor to the design of our founding fathers to continue violating the rights of all Floridians.
The title of one article said it best: “Is Red the New Purple? Why Florida Is Now a Red State.”
Although many fake Republicans attempt to become the most vile and hate-filled leaders of today’s Republican Party in name only, only Trump and DeSantis are openly displaying their complete disregard for the Law of the Land, human rights in general, and replacing democracy with a fascist regime.
It has been a constant criticism of the United States claiming it has no respect for tradition. In fact, there is truth in this allegation. For nearly 76 years I was sad as I watched grand old buildings demolished and replaced with shiny steel and glass monstrosities, instead of rebuilding the old and grand architectural creations. In Washington, our government slowly morphed into a group of self-serving old men and women who care nothing about serving their country and focused on personal wealth and power. No longer are they worthy of our respect: they have failed to earn it.
Trump completed the change. Without morals, integrity, average intelligence, compassion for others, love of country, or respect for the Law of the Land, he ended every tradition expected from our presidents. When he refused to accept the will of the people in November of 2020, attempted a coup on January 6, 2021, and refused to attend the inauguration of his successor, he literally defecated on the flag and the graves of our founding fathers.
DeSantis continues his attempts to “out-Trump, Trump. He murdered thousands of Floridians by refusing to encourage vaccinations. His book-banning policy focused on the LGBTQ community and Black Americans is pure fascism. DeSantis finds no reason to hide his hatred of democracy and human rights. His war with Disney could cost the people of his state hundreds of millions of dollars.
If the people of Florida continue to support the policies of the worst governor in America, DeSantis, they are confirming that theirs is the “reddest state in America.”
Television personalities on fake news networks like Fox, Newsmax, and ONA, adopt terms to describe areas of our nation instead of admitting the truth. They continue to criticize California, Oregon, and Washington because they support the guarantees written in the Constitution. Because people are first in these states, right-wing extremists call them “tree huggers,” “snowflakes,” and other terms intended to diminish their beliefs. They are smarter than their detractors and proudly wear these attacks as badges of honor and respect.
The Midwest is often called “the bible belt.” This is a substitute for “religious extremists,” who are often all too ignorant and believe the lies from Republicans that “all liberals are Godless.” They have proven that they don’t care who the candidate is, if he or she has an “R” next to their name, this person receives their votes.
Republicans refer to the blue states in the Northeast as “elitists.” They hate educated white people more than minorities.
Then there is the South. I have never understood why any Black man or woman, any free-thinking person, or any woman would live in this region. If you choose to reside in these red states, you accept being second or third-class citizens. Your votes will be of little importance unless change becomes your number one priority. Every eligible voter must go to the polls in every election.
All red state governors are unfit for office, placing their party and special interests ahead of the needs of their people. However, DeSantis continues to find ways to sink lower than the others. He hates America and all it stands for. Florida will remain the butt of jokes for as long as it remains a red and redneck state.
Op-ed by James Turnage
Columbia Political Review: Is Red the New Purple? Why Florida Is Now a Red State; by Jae Grace
Daily Kos: Florida is not a red state. We are a blue state where Democrats have given up; by SemDem