There are a lot of talkers, but Gov. Ron DeSantis is providing a master class in how to actually fight the Left, not just talk about it.
It’s not enough to just try to push critical race theory and gender grooming out of schools. The bigger question is what replaces it. It’s not enough to drive out the bad, you have to replace it with the good. And you have to push back against the Left, instead of getting bogged down on the defensive about trying to keep their pet topics and agendas out of classrooms.
Gov. DeSantis clearly understands that.
Public school teachers in Florida will soon be required to dedicate at least 45 minutes of instruction on “Victims of Communism Day” to teach students about communist leaders around the world and how people suffered under those regimes.
Speaking at Miami’s Freedom Tower before a crowd of local lawmakers and supporters, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 395, which designates Nov. 7 as the state’s official “Victims of Communism Day,” making Florida one of a handful of states to adopt the designation.
Lefties are predictably falling into the trap of denouncing the move which just makes DeSantis’ point for him about their Communist and socialist sympathies.
The bill, which DeSantis signed along with two street designations in honor of Cuban exiles, would require the instruction to begin in the 2023-2024 school year. It would require teaching of Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong and Fidel Castro, as well as “poverty, starvation, migration, systemic lethal violence, and suppression of speech” endured under those regimes.
“That body count of Mao is something that everybody needs to understand because it is a direct result of this communist ideology,” DeSantis said, noting that tens of millions of people died in China under his rule. “I know we don’t need legislation here to do this but I think it’s our responsibility to make sure people know about the atrocities committed by people like Fidel Castro and even more recently people like Nicolas Maduro.”
That comes as the DSA is holding a lovefest with Maduro.
Vice is already fuming that, Florida teachers can’t say gay, but they are required to teach about the “victims of communism.”
Acknowledging that queer people exist and have human relationships? Bad. Nuanced conversations about America and race in school and the workplace? Also bad. Nearly hour-long nakedly political lessons on the “victims of communism”? Good—and mandatory, if you’re a public school in Florida.
This is what actually going on the offensive looks like.