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Ron DeSantis.

Ron the Sanitizer.

While giving MTG a dishonorable mention, I’m awarding DeSantis the gold medal for cynical political, pandering, grandstanding cultural jihadism.

His crusade against education, scholarship and historical truth in the state that he governs is a grave danger not only to the people of Florida but to Americans everywhere.

Ron the Sanitizer wants to sanitize—make that “whitewash,” literally—American history. He is advancing the absurdity that teaching students anything other than the snowflake notion that America has always been perfect is not only unpatriotic, but also injurious to our children. He says that promoting—make that mandating—this disingenuous rubbish is the best way to prepare students to be functional adults and contributing members of
American society.  No, it’s not. It’s the best, surest and most efficient way to destroy American society and prevent our children from ever becoming real adults. It’s a way to institutionalize an endless cycle of children raising children.

What’s DeSantis afraid of? As usual, pretty much everything. DeSantis’s version of “conservatism” is a state of paranoia based on panophobia—360 degrees of fear, expressed exclusively in boastful bluster and bullying. Truth is the eternal adversary. Facts are ubiquitous foes. Decency be damned. Equality is the enemy.

Want to see a Cultist cower under a desk? Just open a book of honest and responsible scholarship in front of their eyes and watch them dive.

DeSantis is, above all, a bully.

More on Monday.

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Paul's Bio

I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

Sorry. I’m back.

It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.