Addressing the state legislature in a State of the State speech earlier this week, Florida’s Governor Ofdonald declared that Florida is “on the frontlines in the battle for freedom.” But which side of freedom’s battle line is he on?
He’s against it. So it seems from his words and actions in recent months. He is opposed to the freedom of Black people to vote, opposed to the freedom of teachers to give a full account of American history to their students, opposed to the freedom of women to make their own reproductive decisions, opposed to the freedom of parents—not the state—to decide what their children should be allowed to view or read, and opposed to the freedom of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people and others to even exist. He is also especially opposed to waking up.
Ofdonald would defend the freedom of most White Christians, although some Christians–those who take to heart the part about feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty and welcoming the stranger—may find their freedom at risk in Ofdonald’s Florida. Christ, he seems to believe, did not mean to welcome “illegal” strangers. Those strangers are all fentanyl smugglers, anyway. They are obviously illegal and should be sent to Martha’s Vineyard.
In a blistering stroke of original thought, the Ofdonald trumpets: “you ain’t seen nothing yet!” Funny though, I think we have seen precisely “nothing” from him. For example, where is his well-thought-out proposal for reform of the U.S. immigration laws? Crickets. He has not proposed any legislation that might actually make things better on the border—or anywhere else—and begin to solve problems. You know, the kind of bill that could be approved by House and Senate and be signed by the President.
Stranger things have happened in American politics, but at this point it looks like Ofdonald has no serious chance of defeating The One Truedonald in the Republican presidential primaries. At the moment he is too timid even to declare his candidacy. Staying away from the fray is a strategy, I suppose, but soon he will have to bring his “battle for freedom” into the real world of politics and take on the Truedonald. He must at least show as much gumption as Nikky Haley.
Truedonald spoke (ad nauseam) to his devoted followers last week and declared: “For seven years you and I have been engaged in an epic struggle to rescue our country from the people who hate it and want to absolutely destroy it.” Epic.
By the way, where are those people?
But it doesn’t matter that America-hating voters do not exist. A lot of people believe the America-haters must exist, because Truedonald said that they exist and that they “absolutely” want to destroy our country. “I am,” Truedonald says in perfect amazement, “your retribution.” And the crowd goes wild.
Next to apocalyptic rhetoric like that, who will care for Ofdonald’s petty promise to do to the country what he’s done to Florida?
Some other stuff for later,
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