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.