by Dr. Derek Ellerman
World War ’24 didn’t take long to go nuclear.
With former President Donald Trump taking off the gloves, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis should be ready to face off when he throws his hat in the ring for 2024.
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The two giants closed face to face
Now, it’s fairly obvious that this clash of titans sets up two of the most successful and well-liked Republicans in the country.
Most of the coverage you see in the news media falls along two lines:
- Wow, look how desperate Trump is! No one will believe this anti-DeSantis material!
- Oh wait, DeSantis is worse than Trump! Super Uber Mecha Double Hitler!!!!
Apparently, they haven’t decided on a general angle yet since it’s too early. Suffice it to say, if DeSantis comes out on top (a tall order, but possible) he will certainly step into his new role as “The Next Hitler,” just as Dubya, John McCain, Mitt Romney and Donald Trump did.
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(Ironically, since Trump’s rise has seen a concerted media effort to rehabilitate these former “Hitlers,” is it really implausible that the media will one day bombard us with stories about how reasonable Trump was as president and what a great guy he is compared to? New (Hitler DeSantis?)
But maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. My point here was to talk about Trump’s comments about DeSantis.
DeSantis voted on three non-binding resolutions in 2013, 2014, and 2015 that called for raising the retirement age to 70 and cutting benefits for millions of earners. pic.twitter.com/jlTgTmcbIH
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) February 1, 2023
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The ‘real’ Ron?
How you see it depends largely on your perspective. First, let me note that political insiders do not take sides.
There is a small, but dedicated cadre on the right, myself included, who support and admire Trump Exactly the same reason He has been so vilified and faced such unprecedented opposition from the media and the government.
The reason is foreign policy.
Yes it is no mystery. Even long before he went to South Carolina and boldly told a typically neoconservative audience that the Iraq war was a lie that cost thousands of American lives, untold Iraqi lives and trillions of dollars, Trump was firmly in the Old Right vein.
(Here’s a quick break for regularly scheduled counterprogramming: There is no such thing as “secessionism.” Opposing pointless wars thousands of miles away against Third World mud pits is not “secessionism.” And you don’t have to believe me. Just ask America’s greatest son, Thomas Jefferson.)
That’s what America First is all about: Nirvana America First it means not spending trillions on pointless wars, not selling countries and producing goods needed by foreign enemies, etc.
Trump called Ron DeSantis a globalist and started the “Club for No Growth” he used to work with. pic.twitter.com/o2vOk82zyp
— CCG BRYSON (@RealBrysonGray) January 30, 2023
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So what is Ron’s record?
Just a quick look shows no real effort to vote against rising spending. Make it what you want.
He has some good anti-globalist votes, such as voting against reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank. (Though here’s a word of caution from someone who’s seen it on the inside: Many times, these votes—I don’t know and make no claims about this particular one—are approved by leadership. In other words, a member will say to leadership, “Well I really (Can’t vote for it, I’m campaigning against it, but I know it needs to pass.” And with the bill guaranteed to pass, they’re okay with voting no.)
Voters are looking to track DeSantis real How the record Congress will need to bone up actually It does the opposite of how it’s portrayed.
For example, DeSantis voted in favor of the Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act in 2015. Why is this a big deal?
Well, because Congress is crooked, that boring-sounding bill is how the House was able to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Readers may remember this was a huge Agreement back in 2016.
On the bright side, DeSantis has been vocal about opposing the US’s illegal invasion of Syria. (Which is still going on, by the way, for those people talking about Russia “breaking international norms” and “rules-based order”.)
Neoconservatives at National Review want DeSantis to move away from Trump’s America First foreign policy.
Responsible statecraft notes that he is not interested in diplomacy. (What’s the opposite of diplomacy?) Obviously, this is a big no-no with America First.
He appears to be all for regime change in Iran. Again, haven’t we learned our lesson from the desert half a world away?
Perhaps most tellingly, DeSantis praised Trump for appointing arch-neocons and perpetually wronged John Bolton.
So where am I going with these? After all, Trump Actually hired Arch-neocon and eternally wrong John Bolton, and the same can be said of a number of other mistakes.
The point is, America comes first in foreign policy. Trump has shown since Nixon a willingness to put his country ahead of empire and defense contractors. What will Ron do?
Time will tell, but the sooner he is asked for concrete answers, the sooner Republican voters will be able to make up their minds.
DeSantis is a great governor. America’s best, and it’s not even close. But the executive branch deals with much bigger and more important issues than the governor. And these things will first animate America And The Globalist RINOs Who Ended America.
But one last thought before I go.
They say you can tell a man by his enemies.
Who are the enemies of Donald Trump?
Who are the enemies of Ron DeSantis? Ask the same question about who is supporting whom.
Now is the time to support and share your sources of faith.
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