Ron DeSantis takes his authoritarian ambitions to the next level

As you’ve probably heard, Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis is a bad man who should not be allowed to make decisions that affect people’s lives. What evidence do we have to support this statement? Well, there’s his bigoted don’t say gay law. His absurd crusade to stop schools and businesses talking about racism. His bullying of anyone who disagrees with him. The fact that he’s okay with treating immigrants like chattels. The list obviously goes on and on to include the fact that he has been demonizing public health safety measures to score political points and only today announced his intention of what he claims is the nefarious promotion of COVID-19 -Criminalize vaccines.

Yes, Tuesday will be the governor of Florida that’s seen there donald trumpThe biggest contender for the 2024 GOP nomination, should he decide to run, said during a news conference that he has petitioned his state’s Supreme Court to convene a grand jury on “crimes and wrongdoing” related to the life-saving shooting. What kind of “crimes and wrongdoing” does DeSantis want to investigate? While he didn’t provide details live, his petition suggests he believes whoever has recommended people get the life-saving vaccine — like the CDC and Joe Biden– have been financially compensated for it. Sayeth Ron:

“The federal government, medical associations and other experts have created an expectation that obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine is an ethical or civic duty and that choosing not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is selfish and harmful to others… . It is inconceivable that so many influential people came to this view of their own accord. Rather, it is likely that individuals and companies with an incentive to do so created these perceptions for financial gain.

The grand jury’s announcement came after a roundtable discussion with the Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo, who, among other recommendations, has recommended that healthy children not be vaccinated against COVID-19, despite advice from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics; promoted Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin as effective treatments for the virus; refused to wear a mask when meeting with a state senator who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was scheduled to start radiation; and his former supervisor at UCLA claimed his opinion on COVID-19 violated the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm.

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“Our CDC, at this point, anything they put out, you just assume at this point it’s not worth the paper it’s printed on. It serves no useful function. It really serves to drive narratives,” DeSantis said at the roundtable. He also suggested drawing parallels between healthcare professionals and executives recommending getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and the proliferation of opioids by pharmaceutical companies, noting that Florida recently “$3.2 billion through legal action against those responsible for the opioid crisis. So it’s not like this is something unprecedented.” (Note: opioids kill tens of thousands of people each year in the US, while COVID-19 vaccines … don’t.) And how conservatives are now contractually obligated to do so, he threw launched some half-baked conspiracies about big tech and accused it of punishing “scientific dissenters” who challenged mandates and lockdowns. “Your policies or your positions or your analysis of this medical science should stand on its own, and if it can’t accept criticism, if you can’t defend the policy against valid criticism, then maybe you need to look in the mirror, but that’s what these elites wanted not,” he said.

While some people cynically believe that the highly educated DeSantis doesn’t really think vaccines are bad, and that he’s only taking this position to appeal to the anti-vaccine crowd, those close to him insist that really isn’t the case, and that the governor is actually so stupid. “This isn’t about 2024. This is about what DeSantis believes in,” one Republican told NBC News.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/12/ron-desantis-covid-19-vaccine-grand-jury Ron DeSantis takes his authoritarian ambitions to the next level

Charles Jones

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