Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis took a few moments during his CPAC speech to highlight the future of the Republican Party Friday, stating that conservatives need to step up to the plate, have more of a backbone, and refuse to back down to the political left.
DeSantis spent some time comparing and contrasting the way his administration managed the COVID-19 pandemic compared to pro-lockdown states run by Democratic governors, noting that Florida performed much better than the national average in several critical metrics.
The Florida governor also highlighted the various actions his administration has taken to ensure that elections in the state are secure as well as fighting back against Big Tech.
“When COVID hit, I rejected pressure to make hasty and ill conceived changes to our election administration like mass mailing of unsolicited ballots,” the Florida governor said. “And the result on election night by midnight, the state of Florida had counted, tabulated, and put out 11 million votes.”
“But we’re not resting on our laurels, this year Florida’s leading on banning all forms of ballot harvesting and banning third party political groups, like those funded by billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, from interfering in the administration of our elections,” he went on to say. “Bottom line is this, in Florida, your vote counts and we will continue to have a process that is transparent and that inspires confidence.”
“Florida’s also leading in protecting our people from political censorship and in holding big tech accountable,” he said. “When our legislature convenes next month, it will pass and I will sign the most ambitious reforms yet proposed for combating political censorship and deep platforming, for preventing big tech from interfering in our elections, and for safeguarding the privacy of your personal data.”
“We don’t spout hollow rhetoric, we take decisive action,” DeSantis said during his speech. “And what’s true in Florida is true for conservatives across the nation, we cannot, we will not go back to the days of the failed Republican establishment of yesteryear.”
“We reject open borders and instead support American sovereignty and the American worker,” the governor continued. “Building a movement on the foundation of amnesty and cheap foreign labor is like building a house on a field of quicksand. We reject weakness in the face of the threat posed by China, including their actions in international trade. We reject military adventurism, instead support a strong defense solely for the purpose of protecting our nation and its people. Now, the battles ahead will be made more difficult, without the voice of one of our greatest field generals, my friend, Rush Limbaugh.”
“Now anyone can spout conservative rhetoric, we can sit around and have academic debates about conservative policy, but I’m not saying you don’t do any of that, but the question is, when the Klieg lights get hot, when the left comes after you, will you stay strong or will you fold?” DeSantis said in conclusion. “When you do and you engage in the battles ahead, hold the line. Stand your ground, and don’t ever, ever back down.”
DeSantis is right on the money. It’s time for us all to stop cowering in fear before the liberal masses and show them that we aren’t afraid of them or their agenda.
We can show cancel culture that they cannot silence our voices. As Gina Carano so eloquently stated, they can’t cancel us if we don’t let them.