- Dec 12, 2000
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to reestablish a World War II-era civilian military force that he, not the Pentagon, would control.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to reestablish a World War II-era civilian military force that he, not the Pentagon, would control. DeSantis pitched the idea Thursday as a way to further support the Florida National Guard during emergencies, like hurricanes. The Florida National Guard has also played a vital role during the pandemic in administering Covid-19 tests and distributing vaccines.
But in a nod to the growing tension between Republican states and the Biden administration over the National Guard, DeSantis also said this unit, called the Florida State Guard, would be "not encumbered by the federal government." He said this force would give him "the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible." DeSantis is proposing bringing it back with a volunteer force of 200 civilians, and he is seeking $3.5 million from the state legislature in startup costs to train and equip them.
Hey, this is just for hurricanes, right? Because apparently FEMA, National Guard and Army Corps of Engineers have been "too slow" to respond?
Bullshit. We all know what these forces will be used for:
1) To patrol urban areas during protests and demonstrations (especially those against DeSantis or his administration)
2) To ensure "fraud-free elections" by patrolling certain polling locations (and cordoning off access to ensure long lines)
3) To provide another avenue for ammosexuals and right-wing nutjobs to entertain their fantasies with legal protections in case they use deadly force
*edit* 4) I forgot about sending troops to secure the southern border in Texas...very important for Red states to be doing this!
Maybe this Florida State Guard is where he's planning to assign Kyle Rittenhouse as an intern?