Those who refuse to learn from history are doomed to repeat it

Oh, boy! Looks like Florida Governor Ron Pissantis really shit in his mess kit this time. The minute I saw the video on MSNBC tonight, my flashback was immediate. Pissantis is so busy gleefully squashing every gender and educational right he can find., that, he forgot the old physics law, For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

On February 14th, 2018, a mentally disturbed young man walked onto the campus of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, opened fire with a semi automatic weapon, and killed 17 students and teachers, while injuring 17 more. Just another day in The United Gun States of America, right?

Wrong. This time the shell shocked students of MSD didn’t play their part. They didn’t just wail and weep copiously in front of the cameras about their friends and teachers, now gone. Instead they did what the radical kids of my own Vietnam War era do best. They activated and mobilized.

The used their vaunted social media skills to organize walkouts in schools all over Florida tor new gun restrictions. But they didn’t stop there, they spread their social media outreach to create school walkouts nationwide over gun control. They created their own non profit organization, March For Our Lives to keep the momentum. And in November of 2018, a record number of GOP incumbents with A or A+ records with the NRA got turfed out of their jobs. And just think, half of those kids couldn’t even vote yet! As I wrote at the time, The kids are alright!

And when I saw the news today, as Yogi Berra once famously put it, I had deja vu all over again. In response to Pissantis dicking around with their educational quality and LGBTQ classmates, once again students walked out of classes all over the state of Florida today. Only this time it was college students, the only ones with better social networking skills than high school students, since they’ve already been there and done that.

From where I’m sitting, Pissantis really stepped on his crank this time, with football cleats. And I don’t just mean in Florida, hell, he’s already moved beyond that, I’m talking about his national aspirations. There are two reasons why I think he’s in for an unpleasant surprise.

For one thing, Florida is chock-a-block full of universities. Florida, Florida State, Miami University, University of South Florida, and University of Central Florida to name just some. And they all have multi-tiered tuition rates. There’s in district, out of district, and out of state, the most expensive. If students already attending Florida universities, especially from out of state, are bitching about the quality of their curriculum, That’s going to drive out of state students away. This is especially true for university sports programs, which use scholarships to attract top quality athletes, which increases university revenue. Most top flight athletes get a trunk load of scholarship offers, and student protests over the college curriculum could send those athletes elsewhere, costing the universities revenue.

Now for my favorite part, Pissantis national aspirations. As I wrote above, following the MSD massacre, it was the students which led the charge to turf out a record number of GOP NRA champions. And less than half of them could vote. Try finding a college student that isn’t old enough to vote. And if these Florida students flex their nationwide social media muscles to warn their national brethren of what awaits them if Pissantis gets elected President, and if Pissantis gets the nomination, then the 2024 then the results could be spectacular. Biden might beat DeSantis by more votes than he beat Trump.

As Blade put it perfectly, Some motherf*ckers are always trying to ice skate uphill. DeSanctis is so married to his far right WOKE! opposition campaign that, like the tunnel vision the rest of the GOP enjoys, he can’t see past his brain dead base to see how his schtick is playing nationally, with non Trombie voters. And in order to win Trump’s primary voters, he’s making a big enough national spotlight to piss off the moderate voters he’s desperately going to need come November. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Don’t touch that dial.

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  1. Yep. Meet the new boss…same as the old boss. Until the majority actually gets the power in a so called democratic Republic, instead of the rich, white men buying politicians and bending it to their minority rule, I’d say Pete nailed it long ago.

  2. That picture for this article is disturbing to me. It seems like he’s somewhere in between the good ole Heil Hitler salute and a very bad John Travolta imitation.

  3. You don’t mention, Murf, that it’s parents who usually pay for college and/or co-sign for student loans. Encouraged by right-wing media, some parents are refusing to foot the bill unless their kids go to a conservative, religion-based school. If Florida succeeds in “realigning” its universities and colleges, the state will actively promote them as an alternative
    to “woke” colleges elsewhere.

    • That’s always been true. I lived in Pensacola for 5 years. Pensacola Christian College forced its students to.stand on street corners and passing cars. Most of the students hated going there, but their parents insisted because the place is cheap.and parents were conservative rightly extremist evangelical Christians. And the degree was practically worthless when it came to.applying for grad school.or law svhool.or Guess you get what you pay for.

      • When it comes to many of these so-called Christian institutions of higher learning a degree is as you say not worth much. Unless I supposed they are applying to Hobby Lobby, want a gig at a mega church or church school that caters to RWNJ bullshit Christianity that ignores the teachings of Christ. Many of these places either aren’t accredited or flirt with losing accreditation. But they’re out there and have been for a long time. Even law schools. As far as I know no RWNJ university has created a “Christan” medical school but some have created law schools. And, when it comes to such places my first thought always goes to Regent. I think they eventually got accredited but what I remember is that a Bush 43 aide got herself in legal hot water – and she was a Regent Law graduate. What I found so fucking hilarious is that she was in serious shit, even having to testify in Congress in addition to facing charges in court. I don’t recall who her lawyer was but she did NOT trust her defense to a fellow Regent Law graduate! I’m sure she had offers and the school even approached her with offers of free lawyering so they could get the exposure. And she not only said no, but HELL NO and got herself a top-shelf lawyer from a prestigious law school with real DC white collar experience. That’s how much she though of her own law school and legal training. Nothing. When the chips were down she retained a REAL lawyer. (If memory serves her name was Monica Goodling)

  4. (R)’s may be able to get away with their fuckery at the state level, in some states, but this shit doesn’t play well on the national stage. I think the conclusions here could well be right, but could also be expanded to the House of Representatives. These clowns were able to eke out a majority in the last election and are having their chance to shine. Anyone seeing much shining going on? Traitor greene got a divorce so she wants the whole country to get one. A train derails in Ohio spewing deadly chemicals everywhere and pubes blame woke culture and the transportation secretary being gay, not the lax regulations that they champion for their donors. I’m sometimes too optimistic but I have to think their pain could be the dems gain come 2024.

  5. In general, you don’t go to FL for a top flight education-you go for fun in the sun. Oh, and football/sports. Athletes don’t always go for the education either-they want to be scouted by the pros.

    I don’t know where FL stands on college students voting in FL elections but some states do not allow out-of-state students to vote in their state elections. If the students want to vote, they vote in the state of their residence. If FL has such a law on the books, they’re not getting hurt by out-of-state students. If FL doesn’t have such a law on the books it is only a matter of time before they do.

    One last thing-college students are part of that demographic that doesn’t really get out and vote. The demographic that DOES get out and vote FL has in droves-retired people. DeathSentence is playing to his base and it will sell like hotcakes.


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