“Nothing matters to these Republicans but power – power and wickedness”

Cruelty is the point.

Adam Serger2018 atlantic trial on donald trump describes the first year and a half of his administration as a “whirlwind of cruelty», an endless storm of insults, pettiness and intimidation.

He could have written on Ron DeSantis and the Republican “leadership” of Florida.

The 2022 Session, an orgy of wickedness, bad faith and lies, is finally over. And what did your elected officials do, you ask?

Nothing to help the thousands of Floridians evicted and unable to find affordable housing.

Nothing to fight against the toxic algae that pollute our waters.

Nothing to help the nearly 23,000 people with intellectual or developmental disabilities still on a waiting list to get state-funded Medicaid home care assistance.

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Nothing to move Florida toward sustainable energy sources. In fact, they approved a giveaway to Florida Power & Light – whose lobbyists basically drafted the bill – by punish consumers that use solar panels.

This state has a lot of problems. But the Governor and Legislature are only interested in making scared angry white people feel good about being scared angry white people.

They bet their constituents don’t notice or care about the contempt they have for the environment, the elderly and the poor, and the particular hatred they have for public schools.

Ron DeSantis just named a women to the state Board of Education who loves the Proud Boys, supports Q-Anon and calls the Jan. 6 uprising a “peaceful protest.”

He was hardly going to choose someone rational.

Are you worried that your child will learn that despite our admirable Constitution and our inspiring Declaration of Independence, the majority of the Founders of the United States had no problem with slavery? Worried your student will come home for summer vacation with a copy of “The 1619 Project?”

Fear not: the Legislative Assembly is cracking down on educators at all levels who dare to speak the truth about the genocide of the continent’s indigenous peoples, the brutality of the plantations, the laws restricting the freedom of Asians and Native Americans, the crippling injustices of Jim Crow, and any suggestion that the nation continues to struggle with the inequities of our criminal justice system, our police, and our financial institutions.

According to his Republican sponsors, HB 7 just stop “indoctrination”, because teachers are sinister subversives who “can force their thoughts on students when they don’t know how a student can interpret the ideas of certain things.”

These same teachers perhaps say “gay” a little too often. Ron DeSantis took to protesting the “transgender injection” into our youth, which obviously can be accomplished simply by acknowledging that Trey has two dads or Heather has two moms.

Danny Burgess of Pasco County felt that children should be able to hold on to their “innocence” – and their parents’ ossified understanding of gender roles – so that a “little girl” can aspire to be a fairy tale princess. fairies and that a “little boy” can imagine being Captain America.

Someone should tell Senator Burgess: there is now a homosexual Captain America.

Sen. Ileana Garcia of Miami exhibited his mind-boggling ignorance by insisting that “gay is not a permanent thing, LGBT is not a permanent thing.”

Denis BaxleySenate companion bill sponsor SB 1834 (which is also approximately the year he last formed a coherent thought) the quiet part said aloud, “Why is everyone now ready to come out when you’re at school?”

He went on to explain that a lot of kids will want to be gay or transgender or something like that because “all of a sudden, overnight, they’ve become famous.”

Florida Republicans are now happy to say the quiet part out loud because they no longer care about moderates, socially tolerant people, or people who believe in basic human decency. These people are not their constituents. Their constituents applaud the racism, homophobia and misogyny on full display in the 2022 session.

Women will no longer be allowed to terminate a pregnancy after 15 weeks. No exceptions for rape, incest or trafficking.

Democratic senator. Janet Cruz of Tampa said the new law will “absolutely result in women seeking unsafe abortions and dying as a result.”

republican senator Kelli Stargel ignored this argument. Adult women be damned; it’s about “protecting these babies”.

Other babies, now: Those who are already born, those who come from other countries and who may have brown skin, they don’t really matter. They might even be a threat to the American Way of Life.

To that end, Florida will now prohibit state agencies and local governments from doing business with airlines, bus companies, and anyone else carrying “unauthorized strangersin Florida unless said “unauthorized aliens” are on their way to jail or deportation.

Never mind that many child asylum seekers come to Florida to stay with relatives. Senator Stargel clearly doesn’t care about protecting these babies.

It doesn’t matter that the federal government, not Ron DeSantis or the Florida legislature, sets immigration policy.

Never mind that there is no mechanism to determine exactly who is an “unauthorized alien”. What are Florida law enforcement going to do, sit at the airport or the bus station to guess who’s undocumented? Gather someone who speaks Spanish? Arrest anyone who looks “different?”

Only a few years ago, Republicans tried to hide how much they hate people who don’t look like them. Now they are loud and proud and think they can suppress and delegitimize enough votes to win this year’s election.

They made sure it will be more difficult to vote first, especially if you’re using an absentee ballot.

The governor has gotten his election crime cops (though fewer than he originally requested), who will get millions to fight voter fraud — which basically doesn’t exist, at least. unless you count the four Trumpers in The Villages arrested for voting more than once and the miscreants in South Florida who changed voter registrations from Democrat to Republican.

This absurd law is not about electoral integrity. It’s about cracking down on voting by mail and drop boxes — used in record numbers by Democrats in 2020 — and shelling out the Trumper “Stop the Steal” base.

Nothing matters to these Republicans but power – power and wickedness. They represent nothing more than beating the other side, “owning the libs” and watching their “enemies” suffer.

As Adam Serwer reminds us, cruelty “makes them feel good, makes them proud, makes them happy, makes them feel united.”


Diana Robert report through Florida Phoenix.

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