Democrats are trying to stop Florida Governor Ron DeSantis the only way they can.
And they just scored a victory after fishing for a powerful ally in all the right places.
Now a leftist judge has smacked Ron DeSantis with one massive setback.
Democrats are already unleashing their fury on Governor DeSantis the same way they went after Donald Trump.
They’re judge-shopping until they find a friendly left-wing judge who will provide preliminary injunctions blocking key conservative agenda items.
And for once, Donald Trump may be on the benefitting end of Democrats’ judge-shopping efforts, after a judge handed a major setback to DeSantis – a potential opponent for Trump in the GOP Presidential Primaries.
Democrats have increasingly waged law-fare campaigns against political opponents because they know even if they lose on appeal, it’s still a net win on balance thanks to the headlines it generates allowing leftists to claim DeSantis is some kind of rogue player.
That’s exactly what happened when U.S. District Court Judge Mark Walker ruled against portions of the DeSantis’ Stop W.O.K.E. Act, which shuts the schools Marxist Critical Race Theory (CRT) instruction in classrooms.
Walker’s melodramatic decision is exactly what you’d expect from someone committed to legislating from the bench, even though he knows his decision will be struck down on appeal.
He even went as far as making ironic comparisons to George Orwell’s 1984 even though flagrant government propaganda and indoctrination is exactly what the law was designed to end.
“‘It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen,’ and the powers in charge of Florida’s public university system have declared the State has unfettered authority to muzzle its professors in the name of ‘freedom,’” Walker wrote.
“Our professors are critical to a healthy democracy, and the State of Florida’s decision to choose which viewpoints are worthy of illumination and which must remain in the shadows has implications for us all,” Walker continued.
Walker claimed teachers are “priests of democracy” and wants his readers to believe that being able to teach Critical Race Theory is somehow central to the survival of American democracy.
“If our ‘priests of democracy’ are not allowed to shed light on challenging ideas, then democracy will die in darkness,” Walker added. “But the First Amendment does not permit the State of Florida to muzzle its university professors, impose its own orthodoxy of viewpoints and cast us all into the dark.”
But the Stop W.O.K.E. Act only applies to government school teachers and professors who are government employees and are acting as agents of the State of Florida.
Clearly the state government has an interest in what government employees say when they are on the job—especially when it involves indoctrinating the next generation with anti-American balderdash.
That’s why government employees are already prohibited from engaging in political activism while on the clock.
No doubt, the Stop W.O.K.E. Act will survive on appeal to the 11th Circuit for that reason.
The DeSantis administration is already working to appeal the ruling.
“We strongly disagree with Judge Walker’s preliminary injunction orders on the enforcement of the Stop W.O.K.E. Act and will continue to fight to prevent Florida’s students and employees from being subjected to discriminatory classroom instruction or mandated discriminatory workplace training,” Bryan Griffin, DeSantis’ spokesman announced.
“The Stop W.O.K.E. Act protects the open exchange of ideas by prohibiting teachers or employers who hold agency over others from forcing discriminatory concepts on students as part of classroom instruction or on employees as a condition of maintaining employment,” Griffin added. “An ‘open-minded and critical’ environment necessitates that one is free from discrimination.”
In truth, leftists are counting on censorship and discrimination to keep them in business—and that’s why DeSantis’ Stop W.O.K.E. act is a massive threat.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.