DeSantis Targets Wokeness, Uses Dallas Bible


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is inaugurated for his second term | Image by NBC

Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis was inaugurated for his second term on Tuesday after winning reelection by more than 19 points.

Before giving his address, DeSantis took the oath of office with his palm resting on a historical Bible on loan from a Dallas-area collection.

Conservative commentator and historical artifact collector Glenn Beck explained that he had offered DeSantis the use of one of the Bibles out of his museum, the American Journey Experience.

Beck said he loaned DeSantis the book for the occasion because he believes his work in the state has had “real historical significance. It is the beginning of a renewal of the principles for which our Founders fought.”

Printed in 1782 by Robert Aitken, the Bible is among the rarest books in American history, with only a few dozen surviving copies. In addition to its being the first English-language Bible printed in America, the Continental Congress reviewed the text before recommending its use to the citizens of the country.

In his inauguration speech, Gov. DeSantis framed his governing policy as a stand against the political left’s radical “woke” ideologies.

“When the world lost its mind — when common sense suddenly became an uncommon virtue — Florida was a refuge of sanity,” DeSantis claimed, “a citadel of freedom for our fellow Americans and even for people around the world.”

“Florida must always be a great place to raise a family …  and we will defend our children against those who seek to rob them of their innocence,” he continued. “We reject this woke ideology. We seek normalcy, not philosophical lunacy.”

“We will not allow reality, facts, and truth to become optional. We will never surrender to the woke mob,” the potential GOP presidential candidate declared. “Florida is where woke goes to die.”

DeSantis also pushed back against cities and states that defunded police departments or decriminalized certain activities, suggesting, “They have harmed public safety by coddling criminals and attacking law enforcement.”

“We will always remain a law-and-order state, we will always support law enforcement,” he continued, “and we will always reject soft-on-crime policies that put our communities at risk.”

As Florida has become the fastest-growing state in the union for the first time in over half a century, the state’s economy has become one of the largest in the world.

“Florida is proof positive that We the People are not destined for failure,” DeSantis opined. “Decline is a choice. Success is attainable. And freedom is worth fighting for.”

DeSantis has become a favorite for the Republican nomination for president in the 2024 election. His run for the nomination would set him against fellow Floridian and former president Donald Trump, who has already announced his candidacy.

A poll conducted by Suffolk University and USA Today in early December suggested that 65% of conservative voters prefer DeSantis over Trump in 2024. The same survey found that DeSantis would beat current president Joe Biden by five points while Trump would lose the same matchup by seven.

In contrast, a poll by Big Village, also in December, showed that if the 2024 national Republican primary were held immediately, 51% would vote for Trump while only 27% would choose DeSantis.

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Bill Fox
Bill Fox
24 days ago

DeSantis is burning pile a trash.

Reply to  Bill Fox
24 days ago

Having a Woke meltdown, are you?

Reply to  Pap
24 days ago

Florida is the place where “woke goes to die”? Seems more like a place where the CLOWNS go perform.

Bill Fox
Bill Fox
Reply to  Pap
23 days ago

Just because I don’t vote for regressive candidates that take away rights and want to ban books doesn’t mean I’m woke or having a meltdown. I’m just more intelligent than you, Pap-smear, and don’t succumb to pandering and catch phrases, like woke.

The only thing the GOP has to offer is less gun legislation, even their economics are faltering. I like the old GOP that was all about less government and more freedoms. Why take away abortion? 60% of people wanted to keep some form of choice. It will be a costly lesson in self-righteous morality because we will all be footing the bill for the increase in social services and crime will go up more as a result.

And why, in their old age, are they going after literature that we all read growing up? They are just dragging us toward the dark ages.

Fish 4 REAL
Fish 4 REAL
23 days ago

THE BIG LIES goes on after January 6.