Nov 21, 2022·edited Nov 21, 2022Liked by Chris J. Karr, David Thornton

As JVL noted: the current "not Trump" message from the GOP is based solely on electoral results and not the moral issues of his rhetoric and actions. A few votes going the other way in the midterms and I imagine none of this talk of "no more Trump" would be happening.

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Nov 22, 2022Liked by Chris J. Karr

First, there's quite a lot of DeSantis supporters who not only didn't/don't support Trump but are Democrats (he couldn't have won the state w/o Democrats and Independents).

I don't like the direction he goes in sometimes but I'm watchfully waiting. I like Kemp, too.

"Gov. DeSantis’s policies have also resulted in a string of legal defeats. Last week, a federal judge blocked DeSantis’s Stop WOKE Act, likening the law to 1984 and calling it “positively dystopian.” Another federal judge ruled DeSantis’s anti-riot law, passed in the wake of the BLM riots, unconstitutional in September. In May, a panel of three federal judges struck down DeSantis’s attempt to regulate social media. The Florida government’s attacks on Disney also seem to be unconstitutional although the entertainment company has not sued. A common theme in many DeSantis policies is a lack of respect for the First Amendment.

Addressing DeSantis' "legal defeats":

1) Stop WOKE Act:

Right there is why DeSantis is popular in Florida and elsewhere. It makes SSENSE that an employer shouldn't be able to mandate employees attend classes that instruct them that one skin color is responsible for all the ills of society. And yet one judge says that's the employer's right and there are normally rational people who think it's unConstitutional for DeSantis to forbid the employer to subject employees to such verbal abuse.

*espouses, promotes, advances, inculcates, or compels [employees] to believe" eight concepts, such as that "members of one race, color, sex, or national origin are morally superior to members of another race, color, sex," and that your inherent characteristics make you "inherently racist, sexist, or oppressive."

I think the anti riot law is too broad but appreciate the fact that violence isn't protest. There's a reason Antifa groups here in Florida aren't as active as they are elsewhere.

Moving on to Disney, it announced last week that it would FINALLY start building the affordable housing that it promised the state of Florida in exchange for getting control of an entire independent district (RCID). I hope it doesn't stop DeSantis and the FL legislature from reining Disney in, as it should have been decades ago.

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