DeSantis: Are You Afraid of the "Other"?

Chronicle Jan. 11 report on DeSantis’s state of the Union address illustrates the need t9 The Chronicle's Jan. 11 report on DeSantis’ state of the Union address illustrates the need to share “the Rest of the Story.” DeSantis under informs Floridians and promotes fear through “cultural” issues. The Republican cultural war mirrors the historically autocratic leadership of the 20th century fascists—talk about people’s fears, not governing policies.


His agenda does not address the problems Floridian’s face: mitigating COVID-19, water/air quality, road repairs, health care costs, insurance premiums, affordable housing and more. He then obfuscates his cravenness by bribing us with federal dollars.

Covid-19, Immigration and the economy are linked, but his issues don’t link them to solve our economic needs. He spouted half truths about Immigration, the typical catcall to rally dislike for “the other” person, regardless of how much “the other” contributes to our economy in agriculture, manufacturing, hospitality and food processing. Results of this “anti-other” cultural war ends in “not enough workers” in those industries, equals inflation on costs of goods and services for the rest of us. That’s the DeSantis’ Inflation policy.


He needs to lift “others” up, not because of Christian values, but because it is good for our economy—we need workers! He doesn’t tell us that this economy expanded since January, 2021. The national GDP is over 7%, Investors are bloated, unemployment is 3.7%, wage growth rose almost 6%, and more jobs were created this year than the last three Republican Presidents combined. So his policy needs to mitigate, not exacerbate, fear from “others” and Covid infections of the unvaccinated/unmasked.


DeSantis is a politician, anyone who can Google CRT knows his attack on “critical race theory” is a totally made up politically motivated cultural attack on “the other” again. Neither Colleges nor K-12 schools teach CRT. CRT is a legal theory taught in advanced studies at law schools. It explores how race as a social construct impacts institutions with structures and policies.


Yet another example of Republican meddling in local issues. We need to leave local control alone and stop fear mongering of “the other.” We need to start making people feel comfortable with each other again, and stop the hateful, self-centeredness. If we can’t because of shared values, then DeSantis, lead us by finding common ground to save lives AND help our economy. Neither our values nor our economy should be used as political weapons to get elected. He failed us, he is undeserving of his position., Immigration and the economy are linked, but his issues don’t link them to solve our economic needs. He spouted half truths about Immigration, the typical cat call to rally dislike for “the other” person, regardless of how much “the other” contributes to our economy in agriculture, manufacturing, hospitality and food processing. Results of this “anti-other” cultural war ends in “not enough workers” in those industries, equals inflation on costs of goods and services for the rest of us. That’s the DeSantis’ Inflation policy.

He needs to lift “others” up, not because of Christian values, but because it is good for our economy—we need workers! He doesn’t tell us that this economy expanded since January, 2021. The national GDP is over 7%, Investors are bloated, unemployment is 3.7%, wage growth rose almost 6%, and more jobs were created this year than the last three Republican Presidents combined. So his policy needs to mitigate, not exacerbate, fear from “others” and Covid infections of the unvaccinated/unmasked.

DeSantis is a politician, anyone that can Google CRT knows his attack on “critical race theory” is a totally made up politically motivated cultural attack on “the other” again. Neither Colleges nor K-12 schools teach CRT. CRT is a legal theory taught in advanced studies at law schools. It explores how race as a social construct impacts institutions with structures and policies.

Yet another example of Republican meddling in local issues. We need to leave local control alone and stop fear mongering of “the other.” We need to start making people feel comfortable with each other again, and stop the hateful, self-centeredness. If we can’t because of shared values, then Desantis, lead us by finding common ground to save lives AND help our economy. Neither our values nor our economy should be used as political weapons to get elected. He failed us, he is undeserving of his position.

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