A sound way to judge a person is by his deeds – as opposed to his words. By this standard, Ron DeSantis, the governor of Florida, has acted in a way deserving of the support of people who are tired of politicians such as Donald Trump – who talk but never act.
Or act wrongly, ineptly – serially.
Earlier this week, DeSantis acted, again – by publicly firing a prosecutor who would not prosecute – when it came to laws (as regards abortion wrongs) he personally doesn’t like. DeSantis correctly pointed out that it is wrong for a prosecutor to selectively enforce laws and that he would not tolerate it.
This is not the only example of DeSantis acting.
He didn’t just talk about Disney’s disgusting practices. He acted to deny Disney the preferential status – as regards taxes and other things – it has enjoyed for decades.
He has also combatted the vicious misinformation peddled about “masks” and “vaccines.” He brought forth Dr. Joseph Ladapo to serve as the state of Florida’s surgeon general. Dr. Ladapo says “We must make health policy decisions rooted in data and not in fear.”
Contrast the actions of Dr. Ladapo with those of the doctor enabled by the man who talks. Who let that man – the other doctor – sow fear for almost an entire year, while the man who talks stood by his side looking like a spray-tanned wooden Indian.
That man continues to talk-up the “vaccines” he personally “warp speeded” into the arms of tens of millions of people, many of whom were pressured to take them. The man says he “saved millions of lives.”
It says much about this man.
Meanwhile, DeSantis has acted – to thwart (by not financing or forcing) the mass “vaccinating” of toddlers and children. “I would say we are affirmatively against the Covid vaccine for young kids,” DeSantis said. “These are the people who have zero risk of getting anything.”
He encourages people to not “mask” – as when he publicly (in front of media) told an assembled group of high school kids that they didn’t have to wear the loathsome apparatus.
But it’s also much more than that, in that the example of Florida helped undermine the mass hysteria confected by the little man who was enabled by the Orange Man – who talked but failed to act. Had it not been for the example provided by Florida – of people not “masking” (and not dying) it would have been much harder to separate out the fact from the fiction peddled by the odious little man, enabled by the Orange Man.
This actually is – as the Orange Man likes to say – yuge.
Actions matter. Talk is cheap. The latter is the currency of the Orange Man, who sells talk – which all-too-many people continue to buy. They hear him talk and impute actions that they hope will happen but never do. “Lock her up.” “Build a wall.” “Repeal and Replace”…
Some of them refuse to see what did happen – such as the Orange Man’s pushing of “Red Flag” laws that obviate laws protecting people who’ve not even been charged (much less convicted) of any crime from being treated as presumptive criminals. And his bending-of-the-knee to the ideology of “gun control,” by concurring with its proponents that things – e.g., bumpstocks – ought to be criminalized rather than actions.
A fine precedent to set, don’t you think?
But never mind that. He says what some people want to hear.
Meanwhile, Governor DeSantis acts.
And what he says is pretty good, too – in that he says it intelligibly, in complete sentences. He is not a braggart-bloviator who touts his own wonderfulness while not doing anything wonderful. Instead, he backs up his talk with action, which requires no bloviation because actions speak for themselves.
This is not to suggest DeSantis is our savior. That is not the job of any mortal man. Nor that he is perfect, an expectation as silly as it is impossible. Heaven is not a place on Earth.
But – based on his actions thus far – DeSantis has shown that he is a good man. A man not just talking about doing good things – intelligibly, reasonably – but actually doing them and defending the doing without bloviating.
That is worth supporting – for the same reason it would be worth keeping the Titanic floating, even if listing, rather than sinking. The better is halfway to the good – and far from the worse.
This man could do what Orange Man failed to do. Or rather, he might undo what Orange Man did.
If the Orange Man will only get out of his way.
And that will only happen if a sufficiency of his supporters come to the realization that acting matters more than talking – and send the Orange Failure packing.
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