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Ron DeSantis wants to win the pandemic.

Climbing over dead bodies is not an impediment.

Florida legislature and DeSantis want to rewrite First Amendment.

The Florida Senate used a parliamentary maneuver to advance CS/HB 1, the "anti-riot" bill. DeSantis concocted the bill in response to the George Floyd demonstrations last year. One part of the bill that has received little notice is that it creates an affirmative defense for anyone accused of attacking a person participating in a "riot." The bill is a wish list of authoritarian anti-demonstration decrees, and the media is content to let this particular one get lost in the middle of the steaming pile of outrages. This bill would protect Kyle Rittenhouse and James Fields, and is a nice complement to Florida's pioneering Stand Your Ground legislation that protected George Zimmerman.

The bill text can be found here: https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2021/1/BillText/e1/PDF. More discussion on this here: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100215274496

DeSantis' "anti-riot" bill advances.

The Florida House passed this bill on Friday along strictly partisan lines. DeSantis formulated this bill during the George Floyd riots. His cronies filed the legislation on January 6, seizing the thinnest of disguises to hide their racist intent. The companion bill in the Florida Senate, SB 484, must now be passed before DeSantis can sign the bill. SB 484 is currently tied up in committee, but this is a top priority of the governor.

Some features of the bill:

The bill will encourage violence against protesters peacefully exercising their first amendment rights by allowing a counter-protester to escape civil liability for injuring or killing a protester with their car, with a gun, or by any other means.

It would elevate consequences for battery, assault, or inciting a riot.

It would require a person arrested for the minor charge of unlawful assembly to remain in custody until their first appearance for bail.

The legislation would create a new “mob intimidation” offense that could be applied to three or more people who act “with a common intent, to compel or induce, or attempt to compel or induce, another person by force, or threat of force, to do any act or to assume or abandon a particular viewpoint."

The bill would enhance penalties for defacing public monuments, including confederate monuments.

The bill would allow citizens to sue local governments trying to reduce local law-enforcement budgets and give the governor and cabinet the authority to overturn spending reductions.

The measure enhances punishments for blocking or obstructing a vehicle during an "unlawful assembly."

DeSantis was a Navy JAG and served in Guantanamo and Fallujah. He is prepared to treat BLM protestors as enemy combatants.

DeSantis is Trump's flying monkey, pushing voter suppression in Florida.

DeSantis supports SB 90, currently working its way through the Florida legislature. The bill would place restrictions on drop boxes and change the vote by mail applications so that they are only good for one year instead of the current two general election cycles. The most outrageous feature is that it would invalidate current vote by mail registrations for 2022 retroactively. This would wipe out Democrats current 900,000 voter advantage in that category.

A day of mourning in Florida

For those who hadn't heard, Governor DeSantis ordered American and Florida flags lowered today (Wednesday, February 24) to honor Rush Limbaugh.

The governor has also taken an interest in who gets covid vaccine shots. The current priority list looks something like this:

"Grateful" Counties
the rest of Manatee County

Marco crosses the RubioCON.

Florida's senators kissed the ring (and possibly unmentionable body parts) of Florida's undisputed Republican kingpin. Five short years ago, Rubio positioned himself as an up and coming "compassionate conservative" who would rival and surpass his mentor, Jeb Bush. Maybe he can salvage what liddle remains of his self-respect by posting scripture twice a day.

My original idea included a bottle of Tums, but I thought the graphic was already too busy...

A jury of his pee-ers.

I voted for Joe Biden today.

I live in Florida and received my vote by mail ballot 3 weeks ago. I sat on it waiting for Super Tuesday. This year, my first choice was Jay Inslee because I believe that climate change is the most important issue confronting us. After he dropped out, I switched to supporting Tom Steyer, again because he was the most militant candidate on the climate crisis. Then Steyer dropped out and I switched to Elizabeth Warren.

I like Joe. I think he's a good man. He's been around for a long time. Judging a good man by his worst moments is a sport I will leave to others. My concern about Joe lies in the future and that he views his mandate as a return to "normal." The normal we came from recently includes Citizens United, packed courts, unconstrained monopolies, a bloated military, unchecked discrimination, over-priced for-profit healthcare, and under-regulated pollution. The old normal includes the passive acknowledgment that we are subject to the ongoing looting of our treasure and well-being by a parasitic oligarchy.

Four years ago I organized events for Bernie Sanders. He is still the candidate that best reflects my beliefs on most issues, but I can't support him now. Why? Bernie is the same and I am mostly the same as four years ago. What isn't the same is the American public. Americans have been conditioned by 4 years of abuse. They are afraid. They are not reaching out for their hopes and dreams. They are retreating into their shells and defending themselves against their fears. They are afraid to fight for universal healthcare coverage. They are afraid to fight for a candidate who wants to protect and extend FDR's legacy but calls himself a "democratic socialist." They are afraid we will lose what remains of self-rule and our democracy.

I have been managing our local Democratic party office for the last couple of years and am committed to continuing in that role through this election. I go to the office almost every day, including weekends. We make our office available to volunteer groups on a non-preferential, scheduled basis. Only two campaigns have taken advantage of our facilities during this cycle- Warren's and Sanders'. The Warren group has been around for months- mostly strong, informed and committed women. The Sanders group has been around for several weeks. They are the young, bright, idealistic people that never come to our office otherwise. Buttegieg supporters finally came around- two days before he dropped out. They never did schedule an event.

And then there are the Biden supporters. Actually there aren't. Not a single one has come around and said they would help form and lead a group of volunteers working for his campaign. They seem content to wait for the arrival of paid staff. I am reminded of the Clinton/Kaine campaign in 2016. Field organizers from Hillary's campaign used our office as a base of operations. The Bernie volunteers that I worked with in 2015 disappeared before the Democratic convention. I hope that the majority of Warren and Sanders activists will join the fight against our common enemy when Joe is nominated- but I'm not counting on it. The Hillary supporters that provided the bulk of our volunteers last time were older and spent as much time fretting about Trump as they spent making phone calls. Working at the office in 2016 was like going to a funeral every day. I am dreading the next 8 months.

My 5000th post.

I joined DU in early 2008. After a dozen years I am just reaching my 5,000th post. I'm using the occasion as an excuse to formulate my beliefs on our current political situation. TRIGGER WARNING: I believe we are in a bad place and likely headed to a worse place.

About me. I am a member of the “silent” generation. I retired after 34 years with the postal service. I was an active union member and officer. I moved to Florida at the end of 2011 and within months got involved with Patrick Murphy’s campaign to take down Allen West. After that campaign I got involved with the county Democratic Party. I am a super volunteer. I go to the office most days and answer calls, check the mail and email, and handle walk-ins. I train volunteers. I write our newsletter and maintain our contact lists. I set up our mailings, phone banks and canvassing. My commitment to local activism is also one of the reasons I don’t post more online.


Sadly, the current era can be summed up in a single word- Trump. American democracy has been transformed into a zombie and Trump is merely the nasty odor of the rotting, decomposing flesh as it pierces our consciousness. Over the past few decades, my cohort has witnessed the sabotage and the ultimate repurposing of our institutions as servants of oligarchy. Milestones along the way included Nixon’s race-baiting southern strategy; PATCO and the expansion of “right to work” laws; tax cuts for the rich (death tax!); the demise of the Fairness Doctrine, the consolidation of media ownership, and the rise of Fox News; the promotion of “gun rights” and “right to life” as wedge issues; Bush v. Gore and Citizens United; the War on Terror, the invasion of Iraq, and “support our troops”; more tax cuts for the rich; multiple rounds of environmental and financial deregulation and trade agreements without meaningful environmental and labor protections. The list goes on.

It seems clear to me that if we are to reclaim a democracy that is of, by, and for the people, it will not be a “return to normal.” Normal no longer works. Normal brought us here. If normal includes the electoral college, Citizens United, packed courts, unregulated monopolies, unchecked discrimination, over-priced for-profit healthcare, and under-regulated pollution, we should be running in the opposite direction.

While I am skeptical of the desirability of a return to normalcy, I am equally skeptical that better alternatives are easily achievable. One major impediment is the widespread disengagement of people from the political process. Many Americans think of citizenship as a right, but not necessarily a duty. Democracy is just another consumer good, to be evaluated in terms of utility and cost. Political engagement and participation cost time and effort and consumers (as opposed to citizens) reflexively seek to minimize costs. Too many people buy the convenient fantasies that "both sides do it," that there is no difference between the parties, and that non-participation in the political system will absolve them from responsibility for our shared fate.

Trump is a bully. Many of the people who come to our office are traumatized by the ceaseless displays of malice emanating from the oval office. They turn on their TV and feel like they are stuck in an abusive relationship. They are depressed and reach out seeking comfort and reassurance. I sit in our office and take calls from and schedule meetings with people who want to slay their nightmare monsters. They ask me what they can do to help and I have to tell them that, beyond donating money, what is really needed is more people to make phone calls or knock on doors. Most people don't want to do either.

My greatest concern, though, is the effect of the looming impacts of climate change on the political process. My belief is that our current system is incapable of responding on a scale and in a time frame commensurate with the magnitude and urgency of the challenge. If the choice comes down to maintaining a habitable planet or preserving a sentimental attachment to our once-great democracy, I expect our constitution to be discarded as casually as one would toss a fast-food burger wrapper into the nearest trash can. My conjecture is that the next stage of the American experiment could well be an imperial presidency which historians will label as Donald Trump's singular lasting legacy.

If you've read this far, I apologize if my speculations bring you down. My glass is ordinarily at least half full- occasionally with an adult beverage. My beliefs about the current trajectory of our democracy have not infected my belief that people of goodwill can effect change for the better. "Living in interesting times" is an ancient curse. It's also a challenge and an opportunity to act decisively on behalf of our most cherished values.

Stand Your Ground justice, Florida style. Shoot a fleeing thief.

In Jensen Beach, Florida, the owner of Treasure Coast Liquidators shot and possibly killed a fleeing robber who had jumped in the passenger seat of a getaway car as it was pulling away from the store. The proprietor is a retired police officer who took one shot with a Glock 19. The shot went through the back window and headrest of the stolen SUV.

The robber, who is currently on life support, is a 17 year-old black kid. The teen driving the car was a 16-year old who crashed the car immediately after the shot was fired, ran away on foot, was captured, and is now in custody. Under Florida law, he could be charged with second degree felony murder if his friend dies.

In the initial reporting of the incident by TCPalm, on December 14th, the sheriff described the incident:

"...McMillian went into the store...started trying on jewelry and then ran out of the store.
As McMillian was running out of the store, an employee saw the jewelry on the boy's hand and tried to take back the jewelry, Snyder said. The employee and McMillian then began to fight and the teen was able to push off the employee and get into the car... Snyder said another employee, Michael Dacey, saw the scuffle, came out of the store and shot at the vehicle through the back glass at least once."

TCPalm's reporting the next day expands the story, quoting an arrest report: " Michael (Dacey) stated that he believed that (the employee) had been hit by the car or he was shot." The second story also expands the sheriff's remarks; "We have no intention, as of now, of making an arrest. We walked away believing that the shooting was justified, well within the scope of using justifiable force during the commission of a forcible felony."

Gil Smart picks up the story in a column published in the Stuart News on December 18...

Dacey thought McMillian might have had a gun, Snyder said. So even as the vehicle began to speed away, Dacey was "well within the scope of using justifiable force during the commission of a forcible felony"...

That would seem to be a bit of a stretch, as Florida law specifies the use of deadly force is justified "to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony" (emphasis added).

The only thing "imminent" at the moment Dacey fired was the thieves' escape.

Notice that the justification for shooting at a fleeing thief now includes the statement that the shooter believed the thief might have possessed a gun. Smart's failure to endorse vigilantism led to a social media flogging which he reported in his column today. That column also includes the latest retelling of the robbery story which has now been embellished with the assertion that McMillian "threatened to kill the wife of the owner before running out of the store."
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