More and more in Florida, DeSantis governs from an autocrat’s playbook

Lar Gand

Blackshirt
Gold Member
May 6, 2012
3,021
3,060
113

"He doesn’t want you to vote, doesn’t want you to protest and doesn’t even want you to disagree with him. I’m not describing the leader of a communist country, I’m talking about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Since taking office, he’s made his motives clear, becoming more authoritarian by the day. Using his office’s power, the governor has eroded the liberty and rights of his constituents and businesses in the Sunshine State, rewarded his wealthy donors and undermined the media.

DeSantis has taken every opportunity to suppress voting rights. From his efforts to stop Amendment 4’s implementation, to his opposition to major changes to clemency rules — the governor’s actions have blocked hundreds of thousands of Floridians from regaining their right to vote.


Under the guise of fighting election fraud, (Florida’s only election fraud in 2020 came from Republican operatives) DeSantis prioritized legislation adding hurdles to vote-by-mail and originally sought to ban ballot drop boxes. This comes after a record number of Floridians voted by mail in 2020, and more Democrats than Republicans voted that way.

From Nicolás Maduro’s actions to undermine Venezuela’s electoral process and suppress votes, to Daniel Ortega’s moves to intimidate and confuse voters in Nicaragua, tactics to limit voting has been widespread in South American regimes. Voter suppression is a slippery slope that ends only with injustice.

DeSantis is also working to silence dissenting voices. His top legislative priority, House Bill 1, clamps down on freedom of speech and criminalizes protests — a clear infringement on our First Amendment rights, guaranteed by the Constitution. Under the new law, even if you’re peacefully protesting, if others became violent, you could be jailed alongside them. This move to silence, intimidate and imprison opposing voices bears a chilling resemblance to Fidel Castro’s actions to jail critics of his regime.

Businesses aren’t free from the governor’s attacks, either. Many companies, especially those that rely on large group events, want to protect customers by requiring COVID-19 vaccines. But the governor issued an executive order banning the practice and urged the Legislature to outlaw it. At the same time, he’s used his authority to provide his political donors with exclusive access to COVID-19 vaccines while frontline workers and teachers waited in line. And he’s done this while adding more than $14 million to his reelection fund since January.

As the lone Democratic statewide official, I’m the only voice on the cabinet in opposition to DeSantis’ actions. But instead of a debate on the facts, he’s responded with attempts to increase his power and limit the authority of my office. Media criticism isn’t welcome, either. Almost systematically, DeSantis attacks their coverage, ignores their questions, and refuses to release data and information which should be publicly available.

We’ve seen the same actions to consolidate power and silence media in countries like Cuba and Nicaragua, where Castro oversaw a rewrite of the constitution and Maduro has consistently silenced and undermined the independent press.

And while the governor condemns the leaders of these countries, his actions speak louder than his words. DeSantis has been pulling from the authoritarian playbook — suppressing votes and opponents, attacking the media and clamping down on constitutional rights.

Under DeSantis’ “regime,” if you don’t support him or his party, he wants to stop you from voting. If you disagree with him, he’ll use his authority to silence you. And if you dare protest and speak out, be prepared to end up behind bars."
 

EriktheRed

Offensive Coordinator
Gold Member
Jul 1, 2001
8,215
6,992
113

"He doesn’t want you to vote, doesn’t want you to protest and doesn’t even want you to disagree with him. I’m not describing the leader of a communist country, I’m talking about Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Since taking office, he’s made his motives clear, becoming more authoritarian by the day. Using his office’s power, the governor has eroded the liberty and rights of his constituents and businesses in the Sunshine State, rewarded his wealthy donors and undermined the media.

DeSantis has taken every opportunity to suppress voting rights. From his efforts to stop Amendment 4’s implementation, to his opposition to major changes to clemency rules — the governor’s actions have blocked hundreds of thousands of Floridians from regaining their right to vote.


Under the guise of fighting election fraud, (Florida’s only election fraud in 2020 came from Republican operatives) DeSantis prioritized legislation adding hurdles to vote-by-mail and originally sought to ban ballot drop boxes. This comes after a record number of Floridians voted by mail in 2020, and more Democrats than Republicans voted that way.

From Nicolás Maduro’s actions to undermine Venezuela’s electoral process and suppress votes, to Daniel Ortega’s moves to intimidate and confuse voters in Nicaragua, tactics to limit voting has been widespread in South American regimes. Voter suppression is a slippery slope that ends only with injustice.

DeSantis is also working to silence dissenting voices. His top legislative priority, House Bill 1, clamps down on freedom of speech and criminalizes protests — a clear infringement on our First Amendment rights, guaranteed by the Constitution. Under the new law, even if you’re peacefully protesting, if others became violent, you could be jailed alongside them. This move to silence, intimidate and imprison opposing voices bears a chilling resemblance to Fidel Castro’s actions to jail critics of his regime.

Businesses aren’t free from the governor’s attacks, either. Many companies, especially those that rely on large group events, want to protect customers by requiring COVID-19 vaccines. But the governor issued an executive order banning the practice and urged the Legislature to outlaw it. At the same time, he’s used his authority to provide his political donors with exclusive access to COVID-19 vaccines while frontline workers and teachers waited in line. And he’s done this while adding more than $14 million to his reelection fund since January.

As the lone Democratic statewide official, I’m the only voice on the cabinet in opposition to DeSantis’ actions. But instead of a debate on the facts, he’s responded with attempts to increase his power and limit the authority of my office. Media criticism isn’t welcome, either. Almost systematically, DeSantis attacks their coverage, ignores their questions, and refuses to release data and information which should be publicly available.

We’ve seen the same actions to consolidate power and silence media in countries like Cuba and Nicaragua, where Castro oversaw a rewrite of the constitution and Maduro has consistently silenced and undermined the independent press.

And while the governor condemns the leaders of these countries, his actions speak louder than his words. DeSantis has been pulling from the authoritarian playbook — suppressing votes and opponents, attacking the media and clamping down on constitutional rights.

Under DeSantis’ “regime,” if you don’t support him or his party, he wants to stop you from voting. If you disagree with him, he’ll use his authority to silence you. And if you dare protest and speak out, be prepared to end up behind bars."
What a bunch of leftist nonsense. I love how they try to package the illegal House Bill as "amendment 4".
 

philosophusker

Athletic Director
Gold Member
Jan 16, 2004
14,997
18,134
113
Jonesboro, Arkansas (York, NE originally)
Could have fooled me. I don't like it when you people blame Trump for Covid Deaths. So he was the man in charge when 500,000 people died on his watch! So what! Trump may not have cared about those people. Trump may not have tried to slow Covid. Trump may have lied and minimized the severity of the Pandemic. But Trump is not to be blamed he did his best! It was just that his best is really, really, really pathetic.
 

Huskermatt23

Graduate Assistant
Gold Member
Jan 11, 2017
5,438
11,106
113
Seattle
Why do Republicans like Authoritarianism so much? I used to think they were for less government, but these days they seem like they want the government to be in complete control over them.












As long as the leader is Republican.
Thinking for themselves is too hard, they prefer the rich to tell them what to think and how to behave.

tenor.gif
 

Bobfather

Athletic Director
Gold Member
Oct 6, 2002
14,571
7,479
113
50
Dinner should be ready about 4:15, ice cream at 6, then your attendant should be by to put you to bed shortly before 7

We go over this every day bob
I am not your boy Diaper Beijing Bidophile as I can easily make it until 9 pm.
 

kidofSN

Junior
Gold Member
Jul 4, 2007
1,769
2,217
113
"Why do Republicans like Authoritarianism so much? I used to think they were for less government, but these days they seem like they want the government to be in complete control over them."

Republicans have ceased being Republicans and they are now Trumpers. We need Republicans back. And sooner rather than later.
 

sklarbodds

Administrator
Moderator
Nov 30, 2006
32,541
38,156
113
Except he didn’t kill a bunch of people then lie about it
Yes he did. Made people cover up Covid numbers and deaths and completely misled the public.



 
Last edited:

mojobeat

Redshirt Freshman
Gold Member
Aug 27, 2006
769
582
93
Once again, another article from the party that controls 95% of all media in the US that continues to try and shape America. We’ve seen this approach for 4+ years. Nothing new here from either the left media or the left posters that try to control this forum.
 

steinek11

All-American
Gold Member
Dec 1, 2014
4,077
7,586
113
I am not your boy Diaper Beijing Bidophile as I can easily make it until 9 pm.

I’m a Democratic socialist. Sleepy joe is not my dude. You are misled sir. I wish we had a good Marxist lib in there. Instead we get the guy who sucks worse than any other political candidate except for about 40% of the retarded Q cult
 
  • Like
Reactions: kimaniismyffriend

whiteshoes97

Head Coach
Gold Member
Dec 30, 2004
12,904
10,756
113
Yes he did. Made people cover up Covid numbers and deaths and completely misled the public.



Aren’t you a big excess death guy?

 

dee_s3

First Team All-Big Ten
Gold Member
Apr 11, 2008
3,788
5,039
113
This is the crap the left is turning the country into. A sad selfish look at me society.

 

dee_s3

First Team All-Big Ten
Gold Member
Apr 11, 2008
3,788
5,039
113
I like how DeSantis stopped the leftist race CRT BS and they won't be able deplatform anyone after this bill. Big tech is losing that grip and commies ideology is being slowed in school. I would say progress.
 

hephusker

Sophomore
Gold Member
Nov 30, 2011
1,465
1,667
113
DeSantis is the guy to beat in 2024 and Dems know it and they are out to destroy him 24/7. The man talks sense and runs a state that works for everyone.