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A federal judge exercised his right to free speech, and told Florida gov Ron Desantis to sit down and STFU. The judge blocked state officials from enforcing a key part of the new “Stop WOKE Act”, saying it was “positively dystopian”.

Comparing the law to the book “1984” by George Orwell, the judge wrote that the law gives the state “unfettered authority to muzzle its professors in the name of ‘freedom'”, which – like in the book where the state declares “freedom is slavery” – is the opposite of freedom. He continued, “The law officially bans professors from expressing disfavored viewpoints in university classrooms while permitting unfettered expression of the opposite viewpoints.”

The law restricts conversations about race in schools and businesses, and even allows students and workers to sue if a classroom lesson or workplace training course caused them to “feel guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress”. So the truth about America’s racist past can only be discussed if it doesn’t make a white person feel guilty?

Doubling down, DeSantis recently declared that it’s wrong to teach students that America “was built on stolen land” because it isn’t true. I have to wonder whether DeSantis is stupid or just lying. Hasn’t he ever heard of the “Trail of Tears“?

This comes on the heels of the “Don’t say gay” law that restricts even discussing homosexuality.

I’m all for someone who can help push Donald Trump out of control of the Republican Party, but not if it is some idiot like DeSantis who is going to destroy our rights and constitution.


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5 Comments

  1. Sam Foster wrote:

    Evil and lying and not all that bright. Why are we wondering?

    Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 11:44 pm | Permalink
  2. Ray wrote:

    DeSantis is not a moderate. He is a MAGA clown.

    Glad the judge saw it, too.

    Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 8:52 am | Permalink
  3. Jeff wrote:

    I was hoping the GOP would find someone to back besides Trump, but Desantis is turning out to be just as bad.

    In my opinion, the best candidate the Republicans could back for 2024 would be Liz Cheney. She would have the broadest appeal in the general election and clearly respects the rule of law. Too bad the establishment spent so much time ripping her apart to appease their fringe base.

    Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 2:42 pm | Permalink
  4. Lewtoo wrote:

    Jeff-
    I would say Desantis is worse than tRump.
    He is better at lying than the avarice tRump. tRump has so many tells when he’s lying, like his Jackie Gleason (dating myself) goofy expresion, most notable when he was doing his flag hugging routine, made me want to spit.
    There are a few repubs that have a sense of law and order and some decency, Kasich, Kinzinger even Romney, whew these are things I never thought I’d be saying that 😉

    Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 4:09 pm | Permalink
  5. ebdoug wrote:

    jeff, I read your first sentence thinking “liz Cheney is the best.” I then went on to realize in your second paragraph, that is exactly what you wrote. Great minds and all that.

    Monday, December 5, 2022 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

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