Let me be the first to say that, as a citizen of Florida, I feel BLESSED to have Ron DeSantis as our governor.
He’s brought our state through the biggest pandemic scare our nation has seen in 100 years, and he’s done it while sticking to the Conservative principles that characterized his run for governor.
He listened to the science and stuck to the guidelines put forth by the CDC, locking down Florida during the initial effort to slow the spread of COVID-19–but he only did it for a short time.
And while the rest of the country was shuttered for months—or in some cases over a YEAR, like California and Michigan—Floridians got to go about their business in an effort to begin rebuilding
And that’s all thanks to Ronny D…
Florida THRIVED during the pandemic, and when you look at our state’s COVID numbers, you’ll see that the numbers prove he did the right thing. Even though we’re the third most populated state in the country, Florida was always ranked among the LOWEST in terms of deaths and overall cases, even beating out states with smaller populations and more stringent lockdowns.
It is why DeSantis is seen as a hero to most in the state. In fact, he’s even been getting praise from some on the Left for the way he’s handled things.
So, yeah, having DeSantis has been great!
However, just because he’s doing great…doesn’t mean he’s perfect.
And he may have just made his biggest blunder of his term so far.
DeSantis Makes A HUGE Mistake
As I said, DeSantis is good…
But even the best leaders can come up short sometimes.
He’s made a few mistakes in his time on office, and he’ll likely make a few more before his time is through…
But we can only hope that those coming mistakes will be TINY compared to the one he just made by signing Florida State Senate Bill 2006 into law.
Why was this such a big blunder?
Well, it what was seen a “win” for many on the Right, DeSantis signed a bill that was supposed to ban vaccine passports in Florida (a noble cause we can all get behind).
However, contained within that bill were a few stipulations that are a little more radical—and we can only assume that the governor didn’t read SB 2006 all the way through. After closer inspection, its been discovered that the bill will allow for the Florida Department of Health to FORCIBLY vaccinate some of Florida’s residents by “any means necessary”!
Here’s the section of the law of which Floridians need to be wary:
“4. Ordering an individual to be examined, tested,
vaccinated, treated, isolated, or quarantined for communicable diseases that have significant morbidity or mortality and present a severe danger to public health. Individuals who are unable or unwilling to be examined, tested, vaccinated, or
treated for reasons of health, religion, or conscience may be subjected to isolation or quarantine.
1104 a. Examination, testing, vaccination, or treatment may be performed by any qualified person authorized by the State Health Officer.
1107 b. If the individual poses a danger to the public health, the State Health Officer may subject the individual to isolation or quarantine. If there is no practical method to isolate or quarantine the individual, the State Health Officer may use any means necessary to vaccinate or treat the individual.
Can DeSantis Fix This?
Give that last line a good read…
“State Health Officer may use any means necessary to vaccinate or treat the individual.”
That is SCARY stuff.
This isn’t true to DeSantis’ Conservative values or nature.
So, our only guess is that he didn’t read the entire bill before signing – which, of course, can happen from time to time on the best of days, let alone when a governor is on the tail end of a pandemic.
Hopefully this is something that he’ll remedy—and remedy fast…
Because this is the kind of thing that can haunt him going forward.
It’s a RADICAL idea…
Which, again, is why we can only hope it is an oversight on the governor’s part.
We realize that people are human…
They’re allowed to make mistakes – but when it comes to the personal sovereignty of an American citizen, it’s the kind of mistake that can cost him the support of citizens of his state.
Let’s hope he’s already on the road to fixing it…
“When you’re allowing the Executive Branch to deprive somebody of a constitutional liberty without any process, that is something that affects all Americans because that’s a precedent that can be used.” – Ron DeSantis