In another example of thinking outside the box, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday a plan that would bring back the Florida State Guard, under direct authority of the governor.
The Florida State Guard is a throwback to the WWII era. It was established in 1941 for protection of the state during a time when Florida National Guard troops were deployed overseas, and has been inactive since 1947.
I am proposing more than $100 million for our National Guard, active-duty military and veterans, and to re-establish the Florida State Guard to assist our National Guard in state-specific emergencies.
I am committed to supporting our military and keeping our state safe.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) December 2, 2021
Funding The Florida State Guard
Gov. DeSantis will propose the 2022 state budget next week to the Florida State Legislature, where he will request $3.5 million for the plan.
DeSantis laid out the plans for training, equipment, and what the duties of the Florida State Guard would entail while visiting the Pensacola National Guard Armory.
“This funding will support the necessary training, equipment and other support functions for up to 200 members who can aid in the response to hurricanes, natural disasters and other state emergencies. We want to be able to have a quick response capability. And re-establishing the Florida State Guard will allow civilians from all over the state to be trained in the best emergency-response techniques and have the ability to mobilize very, very quickly.”
Apparently there’s an effort to reestablish the Florida State Guard, which hasn’t been around since just after WW2. People will likely screech about this but several states have equivalents, including blue ones like CA, OR, MI, NY, and VT.
— Paul 🇵🇷 (@PaulSector2814) December 2, 2021
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More Funding For Florida National Guard
Included in DeSantis’ budget for the new year, $87.5 million to beef up current Florida National Guard readiness. Spending proposals would include the building of new armories and upgrading existing ones, and new headquarters for the counter-drug program.
DeSantis is also requesting $5.1 million of the request go to support guard members interested in higher education, and $12.2 million for scholarships for spouses and children os disabled or deceased guard members.
GREAT! #Florida Gov DeSantis wants to create Florida State Guard independent from the federal government. The force, which would start at 200 volunteers, would give support to the Florida National Guard during hurricanes, the pandemic & other emergencieshttps://t.co/cZCK3bJXxE
— 🇺🇸 TRUMPSusie 🇺🇸#FJB & his vp🇺🇸 No Dems! (@gs777gs777) December 3, 2021
Not Bowing To Biden Or Left-Wing Democrats
Of course Democrats in the Sunshine State were immediately outraged and clutched their pearls. Democrat gubernatorial candidate Rep. Charlie Crist tweeted, “No Governor should have his own handpicked secret police.”
State Sen. Annette Taddeo, who is also a candidate for Governor, took to Twitter as well, calling DeSantis a “wannabe dictator trying to make his move for his own vigilante militia like we’ve seen in Cuba.”
Democrats also showed off their knowledge of Florida state history.
This is an absolute lie.
The ignorance here is astounding.
It takes three seconds to do some research and see that the Florida State Guard was created during World War II. https://t.co/mDtlryX4pi
— John – Defund the CIA and FBI – Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 3, 2021
Ron DeSantis has been a no-nonsense chief executive of his state, standing up to President Joe Biden and the federal government on numerous occasions. Last month, DeSantis went to sign several bills banning vaccine mandates in Florida in the city of Brandon, Florida.
He has also suggested in response to the Biden administration’s flying of planeloads of illegal immigrants from the U.S. southern border to all parts of Florida, that once the planes landed in Florida, he would put all passengers getting off the planes immediately on buses to have them transferred to Biden’s home state of Delaware.
“If they’re going to come here, we’ll provide buses. I will send them to Delaware and do that,” DeSantis commented.
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 (@ChristinaPushaw) December 3, 2021
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