Florida may turn out to be the last United State – the Rump Republic of America. The rest of the states having become something un-American (or insufferably cold, such as otherwise American states like South Dakota; but perhaps such places can be warmed up).
Florida seems to be the place, if you want to show your face – without having to cover up the rest of yourself.
It has a governor who reportedly told the president selected to “go fuck yourself” after being pressured by him to turn his state into a place like most of the other states, where people are treated like prisoners and “mandated” to not show their faces, notwithstanding the inconvenient truth that Floridians have suffered less from “the virus” than states that have imposed suffering on their populations in the name of “the virus.”
The fact that this fact is not sufficient to end the suffering imposed on the people in other states in the name of “the virus” tells us much about the motives of the politicians imposing the suffering, including the president selected.
This man insists that the borders of Florida be “locked down,” Floridians prevented from leaving the state in the name of “stopping the spread” . . . while also insisting that the border with Mexico be opened, that anyone who comes here from there not be sent back there . . . “the virus” apparently not “spreading” via Mexico or Mexicans.
This same man and the men around him insist that it is racist or something very close to it to expect voters to prove they are eligible to vote, as by showing an ID prior to casting their vote – but insists that people show ID to buy cough syrup.
But there is no statewide law – or “mandate” – to wear a leaky Face Condom to avoid “impregnating” others nearby with a sickness you haven’t got (but which you could give them if you did have it, because the Face Condom stops the spread of viruses as effectively as torn condoms prevent sperm from spreading).
A few isolated cankers – Miami, Palm Beach and Tampa – tried to impose the wearing of leaky Face Condoms on people but Governor DeSantis signed an executive order back in September debarring the local gesundheitsfuhrers from imposing fines or penalties on anyone who declines to wear one.
This all by itself makes Florida worth the trip. And perhaps the stay.
It has a governor who uses executive orders to protect the rights of the people from tyranny – and imbecility.
Florida also doesn’t Hut! Hut! Hut! adults who choose to ride a motorcycle without a helmet – something you cannot do in a majority of the rest of the states, where the principle that the state is your parent and will decide how much risk you’re allowed to take with yourself is firmly established. And generally applied, as evidenced by the order to wear the Face Condom, no matter how sick you aren’t or how little chance there is of getting seriously sick.
And you don’t have to pay any state income tax in Florida – because there isn’t a state income tax. No personal property tax applied to property such as your car, either. For a person currently living in another state, this could mean an effective raise of several thousand dollars annually, without actually getting a raise. But it amounts to the same thing when you get to keep 85 cents of every dollar you earn instead of just 70 cents.
Plus the inestimable value of not having to factor such things into life decisions such as whether to buy a car at all.
In addition to not making you pay these taxes – or wear bizarre sickness couture – Florida also respects your right to carry a gun if you like, including concealed. It is a “shall issue” state, which means the state apparat shall issue the permit, whether the state apparatchiks like it or not. You are not required to convince a judge or other species of government bureaucrat that you “need” a gun in order to carry one.
Florida also has one other thing that may greatly account for much of the above: The presence of a large Cuban-American population. These people know what it is like to live under the kind of tyranny being imposed on Americans in other states because they lived under it, many of them, in Cuba – just 90 miles off the shore of Florida.
Back in the day, many Americans worried about the consequences of so many Cubanos paddling their way to Florida but as it turns out, it may have been a very healthy thing for America.
Or at least, what’s left of it.
Which could be the much-needed example of what America was that saves the rest of America from becoming what Cuba is.
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