I agree just how truly frightening DeSantis is and could become. I was born and raised in Florida lived an idyllic childhood. My sister still lives there and she’s Dem but not nearly alarmed enough to see his villainy. I lost a good friend recently because she started agreeing with his mandated - don’t say gay & all that crap. She turned on a dime - I was stunned. I’ll be sharing this with my sister. Thank you Thom

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As you shared with us, George Washington warned us of a fascist future by another name. John Dean has also warned us. In 2020, Dean wrote on page 106 in his latest book, Authoritarian Nightmare: Donald Trump and His Followers:

“And even if Trump accepts the will of the majority and the Electoral College and leaves the White House, his backers will remain a very powerful force, ready to give undying loyalty to him for as long as he wants, and then to the next dictator-in-waiting [Ron DeSantis]. And the next one will almost certainly be smarter than Donald Trump. You can be sure someone is watching Trump closely, planning to step into his place. Thus, if you want to remain free, you will probably have to outvote today’s ardent Trump followers , not only in November 2020 but for some time in future elections. You may have heard that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”


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In general, according The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andre J. Bacevich, a professor of History and international relations at Boston University we place entirely too much faith in the ability of each US president to change the conditions we live under, and the directions we are going.

He states " Since 1940, a succession of national security emergencies, real and imagined, have permitted the federal government to assume a vast array of new responsibilities at the expense of state and local authorities. In tandem with this shift and helped mightily by an atmosphere of seemingly permanent crisis, the presidency has amassed greatly expanded prerogatives p. 68. And later " No one today seriously believes that the actions of the legislative branch are informed by a collective determination to promote the common good. For this very reason, periodic congressional efforts to curb abuses of presidential power are mostly inspired by a desire to gain some partisan advantage.....in 2006, 93% of senators and representatives running for reelection won p. 69. Our senators and representatives are responsible for curbing presidential power and abuses, and we the voters are responsible for who we allow to sit in congress, year after year. The president does not need to be allowed to do what voters do not support; we decide, and we have decided, for 50 years to allow our presidents to misrepresent us by lies and deceit.

Somehow the Democratic presidents we have had lately, Clinton and Obama, have not met the expectations of the American voter cohort, and they both continued to support the essential Big Business an Wall Street Plan with more perpetual war schemes and drones. Mr. Clinton even managed to smile while he and the Democratic Party abolished all the 1929-35 legislative safeguards to protect us from Wall Street Banksters; and Obama quietly amassed a super collection from the global Oil & Gas industry.

Aside from Mr. Sanders America has really not seen a Democratic candidate of much stature, passion and integrity for a long time. The Democratic Party has lost the South by becoming an urban super liberal elitist leadership that has focused on too few common sense issues to fire up American voters.

They could not get rid of student loans, they could not stop the rise of the Pentagon budget, they could not engineer Medicare or social security to be securely funded for the next generation, they aligned themselves 100% with the pharmaceutical industry during the Covid years, and senators Murray and Durbin are making 50% of voters unhappy by proposing vitamins should be regulated just like the super costly pharmaceutical prescriptions https://anh-usa.org/durbin-bill-signals-end-of-high-dose-supplements/.

In conclusion, Governor De Santis appear to be stirring the pot and appealing to a lot of people, rightfully or wrongly. For lack of a Democratic presidential candidate that can pull voters towards a common sense middle ground, American politics may very well prefer to express their unhappiness with a candidate that appeals to some deep-seated American values. Urban Democratic voters ought

take a deep breath and look for more common ground with former democratic voters in the South and in central states by deciding which issues are essential to the economic and social fabric of our country. All the other issues may more properly be fringe issues that voters need to address state by state.

Mr. Hartman's citation:

And, although a guy who graduated with a law degree from Harvard knows better, he appears to have a problem with the wall of separation between church and state that the Founders wrote — twice — into the Constitution, arguing that our Founders’ idea is an attack on “the church.”

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Oldest story in the world---if you don't live and love like me, you should not be here. If you read history and come to an obvious conclusion, I don't care, because it fails to meet the narrative that fits my agenda.

Glad you mentioned his education, unlike what likely happened with Trump, he had to earn that degree. DeSantis is still an asshole, just an educated one. To me the questions are: is he a big enough asshole to fit the Trumpsters' criteria, and is he a big enough mobster to appeal to their baser instincts. Reasonable, honest people need not apply.

As a rule, the Trump crowd doesn't know exactly who or what they are fighting, they just FEEL something is wrong and they need to fight. Don is horrible at defining anything---Ron will clear it up for them.

We would need someone who is funny, charming, and truthful to run against DeSantis, because that is exactly what that fascist isn't.

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