“Freedom lives here, in our great Sunshine State of Florida.”
Once again, Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis shows how it’s done.
He demonstrated in his 26-minute inaugural speech Tuesday what a state can do in light of a lawless, out-of-control federal government.
Beginning his second term, the 44-year-old Republican, who has stood against federal decisions on immigration and COVID and taken on woke corporate and educational policies, contrasted accomplishments in Florida with Democratic states and cities and with the Biden administration.
Freedom, DeSantis said, “lives in the dreams of the historic number of families who have moved from states across this country because they saw Florida as the land of liberty and the land of sanity.”
Florida leads the nation in in-migration, according to DeSantis, making it the fastest-growing state.
He noted that the ability of 50 individual states to pursue their own objectives represents “a laboratory of democracy.”
“These last few years have witnessed a great test of governing philosophies, as many jurisdictions pursued a much different path than we have pursued here in the state of Florida,” according to DeSantis.
“The policies pursued by these states have sparked a mass exodus of productive Americans from these jurisdictions, with Florida serving as the most desired destination, a promised land of sanity.
“Many of these cities and states have embraced faddish ideology at the expense of enduring principles,” DeSantis continued, outlining things such as undercutting police and imposing heavy tax burdens ”to finance unfathomable levels of public spending.”
“They have harmed education by subordinating the interests of students and parents to partisan interest groups.
“They have imposed medical authoritarianism in the guise of pandemic mandates and restrictions that lack a scientific basis.