Shades of Dr. Strangelove. You thought it was black comedy social satire when you saw it, little did you know it was a prescient look into the future when a Republican nominee of Ron DeSantis, Ron Peri, would quote General Jack D. Ripper scripture and verse. Yes, we have arrived there. NCRM:
Last year in response to Disney criticizing his “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Governor Ron DeSantis stripped the self-governing rights from the Magic Kingdom, and followed up this year by installing his own appointees, mostly donors, to the board that controls the special district which is largely Disney World. One of the five people the far-right wing Florida Republican has placed on the board is a former pastor who thinks drinking tap water can make you gay, being gay is a weakness and “shameful,” and LGBTQ people are “deviant” and “evil.”
Ron Peri is Chairman and CEO of The Gathering USA, which The Daily Beast reports “regularly spews nonsense about ‘Christian Nationalism‘ and the decaying of local schools,” while CNN calls it “a Christian ministry focused on outreach to men.”
This is almost an hour long and I recommend you listen to that much of it only if you’ve got some good wine or weed and you want to kick back and get a tutorial in how these people think and why.
The short explanation of what’s in this tape is that the estrogen in the water is responsible for lower testosterone levels in men and the “rise” of homosexuality. There is no rise that any legitimate source can determine, there are only people feeling empowered to come out of the closet. They’ve always been there, as have the transgenders. But Peri doesn’t discern things on that level.
“’So why are there homosexuals today? There are any number of reasons, you know, that are given. Some would say the increase in estrogen in our societies. You know, there’s estrogen in the water from birth control pills. They can’t get it out,’
And what is “Pastor” Peri’s solution? Constraint.
“The level of testosterone in men broadly in America has declined by 50 points in the past 10 years,” he has also claimed. “You know, and so, maybe that’s a part of it.”
“But the big part I would suggest to you, based upon what it’s saying here, is the removal of constraint,” Peri also said. “So our society provided the constraint. And so, which is the responsibility of a society to constrain people from doing evil? Well, you remove the constraints, and then evil occurs.”
And the gays are evil, evil, so very evil.
The guy is a homophobe and a Christian Nationalist, which means he’s on Mike Pence’s side of the street. If approved by the Florida Senate he will sit on the board which oversees the Reedy Creek Improvement District.
The Florida Senate is the same body that has a bill in committee to require bloggers to register with the state, conflating them with lobbyists. If I was in Florida writing this piece, instead of blessedly tucked away in my tree house in the Mojave desert, I would have to “report” this piece within five days and then report how much money I made from it. I wondered about the money part of it. Simply, they want to know whose work is selling. A couple of dollars or a couple of hundred dollars tells you how many people read a piece. The bill is designed to shut down bloggers with a voice that’s actually reaching somewhere.
There’s also a bill in the Florida Senate to eliminate the Democratic party in Florida and one to make it easier to sue journalists, journalists being distinguished from bloggers as being the employees of newspapers or broadcast outlets.
This is how anti-American and unconstitutional it is in Florida, yet the GOP may very well put Ron DeSantis at the top of the ticket so that he can Make America Florida. We are so screwed if that man gets anywhere near the White House.