What do you think of Ron DeSantis?
I started off with a strongly negative view of him.
In 2019, DeSantis was known for doing things like replacing Confederate monuments with civil rights activists, pledging to give “no quarter” to anti-Semitism and traveling to Jerusalem to sign an anti-Semitism bill in a session of the Florida cabinet. He was Sheldon Adelson’s butt goy.
Over the course of 2020 and 2021, DeSantis has gained traction because of the way he handled the COVID pandemic in Florida. He has turned his attention to things like Big Tech censorship, banning vaccine passports and signing the anti-riot law which was designed to sweep Antifa and Black Lives Matter violence from the streets of Florida. Maybe Sheldon croaking back in January has let him off his leash a bit. Maybe he is just trying to catch up with public opinion like the other politicians.
As someone who has considerable experience with and deep nostalgia for street activism in Florida, I am pleased with this. We were holding rallies against Southern Demographic Displacement in 2014. The rallies that I attended with the League of the South in Florida were always peaceful and orderly and always pressed mainstream issues. It is remarkable to look back on it and see how far ahead of the curve we were. The people who came to our rallies were some of the best people who I have had the good fortune to get to know in the movement. They were usually people who were native to Florida and who loved their state and revered its history and who respected its laws. I went to some of their weddings and watched their children be born. It was the scum of the earth in the state and “journalists” who opposed us.
What were the issues which we raised from 2013 through 2018?
We held “far right” rallies in Florida about refugee resettlement, mass immigration hurting Florida workers, state sovereignty, Confederate monuments, free speech and free assembly, demographic replacement and against the little gender fluid communist brats at FSU. The reason that we stopped holding these public rallies is because the streets had gotten so violent due to Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
The “far right” idea of public activism was identifying an issue, bringing signs and flags, holding a peaceful demonstration, cooperating with law enforcement, getting a permit, airing our grievance and leaving. After these demonstrations, we we would grab a bite to eat and socialize with friends. We were having a good time. In contrast, the “far left” idea of public activism is showing up at our events to engage in violence, engaging in terrorism against other citizens who are exercising their First Amendment rights, physically assaulting the police, harassing motorists, causing traffic accidents and vandalizing public property. There was never any “two sides” here. Only the violent leftwing side is ideologically committed to violence and censorship as has been demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt in Portland.
It might be worth testing this law. Has the First Amendment been restored in Florida? Can we hold rallies there without running into another Charlottesville situation where the police stand down and Antifa and Black Lives Matter are allowed to attack and the media blames it on us?