Florida Governor Ron DeSantis struck a major blow for freedom when he signed landmark legislation that limits vaccine mandates and, for good measure, he unleashed a category five hurricane of good old-fashioned truth on an activist reporter whom he schooled on the meaning of conservatism.
On Thursday, the Sunshine State Republican capped off a dazzling week with a press conference after signing the package produced by a special legislative session, effectively putting a choke chain on authoritarian President Joe Biden and his administration’s unprecedented action to force Americans to get jabbed or be thrown out of their jobs, an idea that is not only completely un-American but likely unconstitutional as well.
Governor DeSantis choice of the community of Brandon, an area near Tampa, as the location set off the standard cascade of whining from Biden supporters who have been unable to cope with the massive popularity of the phrase “Let’s Go Brandon” which has spread like wildfire in a nation under assault from the White House and its increasingly detested occupant. But it was his epic response to the snarky reporter that had conservatives cheering.
The hapless reporter suggested that DeSantis was talking out of both sides of his mouth due to his conflicts with local government officials and school boards over mask mandates and other restrictions, then he set himself up for a well-deserved beatdown when he accused the governor of violating conservative tenets.
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DeSantis responded, “So, first of all, this idea that somehow conservativism is about like local school boards, it’s the United States of America, not the united school boards or county commissions of America, so the states are the primary vehicles to protect people’s freedoms, their health, their safety, their welfare in our constitutional system.”
“What Biden is doing is not constitutional,” he emphatically stated. “There has never been a federal vaccine mandate imposed on the general public.”
“I hear people talk about, you know, they do things in the military. Yeah, when I was in the military, they used to give me all kind of stuff. Honestly, I wish I would have thought a little about it but whatever it was,” he continued, referring to his time in uniform – unlike Biden, DeSantis has served his country in the military.
“But that’s much different than regulating the military and then imposing it on civilians in society. It’s never been done before,” he said. “They don’t have the power to do it, there’s no federal police power, states have the police power so that’s from a constitutional perspective, it is worlds, worlds apart.”
DeSantis continued, “Now, some people say, hey, these local governments wanted to lock down businesses, they wanted to force mandates, they wanted to keep the kids locked out of school.”
“Yeah, you’re damned right I overruled them on that because they were wrong…and the fact of the matter is you don’t have the right to do wrong,” DeSantis declared.
“And if I had not stepped in last year and made sure that these local governments couldn’t lock you down, couldn’t mandate, we wouldn’t let ‘em fine, we had kids in school last year because of me, not because of them, and that’s just the bottom line,” he added, to applause.
“So, people can say is it the job of somebody that’s elected to look out for the liberties of everyone in the state or do you just say, hey, if somebody’s violating your freedom, we shouldn’t do anything?” the governor asked.
“The fact of the matter is, if we would have let them lock the kids out of school last year, we would have paid the piper on that for years and years in this state. If we had let them lock down businesses and restrict and do all that, we would have one of the highest unemployment rates in the country,” he correctly pointed out. “So, we had to stand up for people’s liberties, their livelihoods, their right to work, people’s right to own a business, and it was the right thing to do.”
But the GOP governor was not done.
“But what Biden is doing, he does not have the…he even admitted he doesn’t have the authority to do it,” he said, “Psaki admitted that they don’t have the authority to do it, and in fact, even six months ago they are all saying, of course, you never mandate. Of course, you never mandate.”
“And so the question is, do we actually have a Constitution that constrains people like Biden or is it just when he loses patience, he can do whatever the hell he wants to?” he asked.
“No, I’ll take the Constitution, thank you very much,” DeSantis concluded to rousing applause from the crowd.
The signing of the legislation on vaccine mandates is yet another major win for DeSantis against Biden who is as overmatched when pitted against a true conservative who defends the Constitution as the humiliated reporter was.
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