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Ron DeSantis Proposes New Paramilitary Force in Florida That He Would Control
Well this is pretty freaking scary.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proposed on Thursday reestablishing a World War II-era civilian-military force that he would control. So basically, Ron DeSantis is ready to make America fascist again?
DeSantis pitched the idea of creating the Florida State Guard, which would be independent of federal control, while speaking about his military budget proposal.
The Guard would consist of 200 volunteer civilians “trained in the best emergency response techniques” that would aid in the event of natural disasters or other state emergencies, according to a press release.
The Florida State Guard was initially created in 1941 to fill in for National Guard members deployed during World War II. It was later disbanded in 1947.
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DeSantis said the proposed unit would “not be encumbered by the federal government,” adding that this force would give him “the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible.” Meaning he could do whatever he wants and the Feds have no control. No oversight whatsoever.
DeSantis is asking for $3.5 million from the state legislature to establish the unit. If established, Florida will become the 23rd active state guard in the country.
The idea was part of DeSantis’s larger military budget proposal, which included establishing three new armories, a new National Guard Headquarters and supporting service members getting degrees.
Florida Democrats pushed back on the proposal, with 2022 Democratic gubernatorial challenger Rep. Charlie Crist calling the proposed unit “handpicked secret police.”
No Governor should have his own handpicked secret police. https://t.co/BWEPhM5rHa
— Charlie Crist (@CharlieCrist) December 2, 2021
Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat, implied the move to that of communist regimes like in Cuba and Venezuela, from which many of Florida’s Latino population emigrated.
Can't believe I have to say this, but Florida doesn't need a paramilitary force that only answers to @RonDeSantisFL. Millions of Floridians know what it's like to live under regimes like this — and came to our state to escape them. This must be stopped. https://t.co/JoTgXmKTzc
— Nikki Fried (@NikkiFried) December 2, 2021
Here’s DeSantis announcing his plan:
For some reason, Ron Desantis now feels the need to create a state militia under his control. pic.twitter.com/q4EJUEGG4i
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 3, 2021
Others on Twitter thought the idea was horrible:
Governor Ron DeSantis has proposed a civilian Florida State Guard World War II-era civilian-military force that he would control which would be independent of federal control. pic.twitter.com/kJMfvVE554
— Outspoken (@Out5p0ken) December 3, 2021
Did you know thar Hitler created his own Gestapo?
Not content with having the national guard, Ron DeSantis wants to create Florida State Guard under his SOLE control!
— Tony #DemVoice1 (@TonyHussein4) December 3, 2021
WOW: GOP Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis wants to form a personal militia like the "political" leaders in Iraq have. It would be a militia that only answers to him. This is the beginning of a "Red Army" as the GOP prepares for war. Literally. https://t.co/cNsdymLtNz
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) December 3, 2021
Florida is about to be under water, our highways are crumbling, rent is through the roof, but Ron Desantis is asking for $3.5million dollars to reinstate the Florida Civilian Guard which will be completely under his control.
— Armani (@historyofarmani) December 3, 2021
I’m sure Desantis’s neo-Confederate Florida Home Guard will have proper vetting and won’t be filled with cranks and lunatics and psychopaths pic.twitter.com/iHwX0UUh4Y
— Aki Peritz (@AkiPeritz) December 3, 2021
Time for major companies based in Florida to take action against this. Also, Florida has a National Guard in Florida so why does he need DeSantis Brownshirts?
— Pro-democracy svea (@SveaElske) December 3, 2021
The future DeSantis Florida State Guard
Remind you of anything?
Notice no type of ID on the uniforms pic.twitter.com/1njsqidyGr
— Patrick from Florida 🌴🌴 (@Pmfjfla) December 2, 2021