A government of trolls (Non-fiction)

Florida’s Republican politicians seem determined to send the country into outrage overload. There’s a proposed bill to require any one who blogs about a state official to register with the state if the post. Another bill sets out to “cancel” the Democratic Party. PZ posted about an effort to ban the COVID vaccine in Florida. And we’re just getting started.

It’s almost as if they read Troll Nation by Amanda Marcotte and thought it was a how to manual for running a government. Governor Ron DeSantis and his allies have no policy except to inflict harm, punish their enemies, and reward their friends.

I’m going to disagree slightly with PZ. Florida isn’t joke. It’s a test run for implementing Christian Nationalism on the rest of us.


  1. sonofrojblake says

    the Republican lawmaker filed a bill that would, if signed into law, ban[…] any party whose platform had “previously advocated for, or been in support of, slavery or involuntary servitude.”

    So… any party not actively working to repeal the thirteenth amendment to the constitution?

    Recall: “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

    The USA never abolished slavery. The Republican party is in favour of the constitution, last I checked, especially the bit that lets them hold convicts in “involuntary servitude”.

    Pass this law right now! Democrats AND Republicans would immediately fall foul of it, and not because any bullshit “historical” policies, but for policies they have right now, today. Bring it on, I say.

  2. says

    @sonofrojblakez: I was thinking along those lines too, but it’s my understanding that the Florida Supreme Court pretty rubber stamps what ever Governor DeSantis wants. So they’d come up with convoluted reason to keep the Republican Party on the ballot.

    After I posted this, I found out that Newt Gingrich came out against the blogger registration bill. (Ableist language) “The idea that bloggers criticising a politician should register with the government is insane.” His comment might be enough to kill the bill, but we’ll see.


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