I read the linked article and I suggest you do also. What this makes clear is that DeSantis wants is his own storm troopers, his own terror troops answerable only to him. The national guard is under the auspices of the US government and follows the polices of the Department of defense. The National Guard is part of the U.S. military but is unusual because it is controlled by both state and federal leaders. Most of the time, state National Guards are commanded by governors. However, presidents have the authority to call them into service to respond to hurricanes, bolster border security, and assist in overseas military operations.
The National Guard is a joint activity of the United States Department of Defense (DoD) composed of reserve components of the United States Army and the United States Air Force: the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard, respectively
Who will be the Commander in Chief of the Florida State Guard? Yes the ruler DerSantis himself. Total control total power. The white supremacist gang thugs Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and the other far right gangs were the unofficial enforcement arm of the republican party. Now they will be wearing uniforms. Think of it!
The scary part is what DerSantis claimed about his new personal army. “The Florida State Guard will be comprised of Floridians, and it will be assigned to assist and help only Floridians,” DeSantis said in a news conference last June. “It will not be subject to be mobilized by the federal government, and the federal government cannot impose policies or penalties on the Florida State Guard.”
In other words, just the right kind of people will be allowed to join. Will that mean just white people? Will it mean only Christians? Clearly no gays, lesbians, or trans people will be allowed. Also you know those annoying rules that the Federal government has for fairness, use of force, medical readiness, and the things the force can be used for all are gone, now ruled by people who claim vaccines are more dangerous than the diseases they help prevent, that claims adamantly that the 2020 election was rigged and stolen somehow but have no evidence of it, that claim that drag queens readding to kids is sexual abuse, that not enforcing stereotypical gender roles from the 1950s is sexualizing kids, and that teachers are groomers while ignoring the many religious leaders charged with sexual crimes against kids. And so much more.
The ruler of Florida will now have his own goon squad fake white supremacists Christian nationalist to intimidate the governors enemies and it enforce his decrees in the state. And he wants to be kind of the entire country not just Florida. Will these troops be assigned to minority area voter places under some fake guise of “keeping the peace”? Will they show up at school board meetings in progressive areas to express the displeasure of the governor? Will they have the authority to make the arrests demanded by the king of Florida that is not quite legal for the police to do? Just how far into fascism do we have to before people see the danger. trump just started the ball rolling in to the 1930s Germany, DerSantis wants to finish recreating that time here. Seriously this needs to be fought with all we have. Hugs
Click Orlando reports:
As lawmakers in Tallahassee consider Gov. Ron DeSantis’ budget proposal this session, they will be also be deciding whether to approve a steep funding increase establishing Florida’s own branch of the military. The state guard was dismantled at the end of World War II.
“The Florida State Guard will be comprised of Floridians, and it will be assigned to assist and help only Floridians,” DeSantis said in a news conference last June. “It will not be subject to be mobilized by the federal government, and the federal government cannot impose policies or penalties on the Florida State Guard.”
In its first year, the legislature approved $10 million to restart the Florida State Guard. DeSantis now wants to increase that to $98 million this year.
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