It isn’t news that Florida is (and has always been) a shithole state — a veritable paradise for the corrupt venal underbelly of red America, the state that gave us W and “we don’t serve dogs or niggers” bar signs.
It has ever been so, here, the preferred home of White House grifters; FBI agent murderers; Medicare defrauding governors; all manner of corrupt local pols; Big Sugar interests; once lynch-happy banjo and fiddle rural dwellers; Obamacare rehab swindlers; large swathes of violent, gun-carrying white supremacists; glossolalia-practicing Pentecostalists; progressive Jewish retirees from lawnguyland who are of course liberal in everything except when it comes to Israel (in that regard, this may be of peripheral interest); fascist single issue, fried plantain Cubans; baldheaded, fat, beer-bellied biker Outlaws; and, most of all, part time, smugly racist snow bird geezers who ensconce themselves in their faux Mediterranean gated fortresses, where no black people dare roam, as despised “illegals” or “wetbacks” maintain the lawns, fix the rooftops, and trim the monotonic hedges.
It is a place where cultural sophistication is non existent. A place where seniors begin to develop strange ideas about life, as they increasingly dwell on a falsely remembered America that has never existed except on television in the 50s and 60s and the suburbs of institutionalized racism, such as Bronxville, NY, in the Westchester County of their youth.
A place where Trumpie golf cart parades or flotillas up the intercoastal are the norm, and F250s flying the Trump/Pence flag drove menacingly up and down US1 between Palm Beach and Martin Counties… weeks after the election was over.
A place where the despicable Southern Cross — the reviled symbol of Confederate, slave-owning America — is widely displayed on fireant-infested lawns, hay tractors, and front-bumper tags.
It is a place where field “negroes” still know their place, and always say “Sir” when addressing their white overlords, at the risk of being shot in the back by the racist green shirted police that keep everything under thuggish control for those who wield the reigns of power and white privilege.
It is a place where transplanted seniors — their shrinking brains no doubt addled by the endless stifling heat and humidity — vote for Covid-denying pols, even as they attempt every week to sign up by the hundreds of thousands for the few precious vaccination appointments doled out like altar bread by Publix — a supermarket chain that blankets this fetid state — except where black people reside. A place where the heiress to Publix put up hundreds of thousands to finance the murderous Jan 6 traitorous insurrection, yet has still not even been questioned. A place where it is okay for Publix to contribute to a Trump-loving governor’s campaign, in return for securing the state’s exclusive Covid vaccine dispensation contract.
Florida is a place where a state medical worker who divulged the truth about the extent of the Covid pandemic in Florida was arrested under retaliatory cybercrime pretexts.
Meanwhile, the money keeps pouring in.
Flagler never had it so good.
Everywhere you look, Covid tourism is rampant, as the moneyed fly down to hook up with Covid-connected doctors and hospital boards and Treasure Coast hospital “concierge service” plans, as the rest of us are told to wait months until Biden’s Covid plan comes through.
CEOs cashing it in and adding multi million winter hideaways to their LLC portfolios abound, as evictions soar across the state.
If it — Biden’s Covid cavalry — ever makes it to Florida… considering this latest dirtbag Sunshine State move.
America as a country is in serious trouble — perhaps the most it has ever been in during its short history.
It risks being torn apart by the very structure and design of its implementation of democracy — a fragile balance of power sharing that has been twisted beyond recognition by a rabid conservative minority who are willing to go to any lengths to protect what they perceive to be in their interests.
Many solutions have been floated over the years. Here is one recent, and particularly thoughtful analysis.
Will any of the ideas mentioned in this Foreign Policy think piece ever come to pass?
Not in Florida — until perhaps enough mask-flaunting, deeply racist, intellectually dishonest cultists end up succumbing to the ravages of Covid, and their fear of replacement become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Perhaps only then will America’s widespread bedrock of evangelical, bigoted, Islamophobic, triumphalist lies crumble, as the 1 per centers flee for sundry barricaded hills from the coming pitchforks seeking revenge for what was wrought in the name of making America great again.
Lastly, if you still have any doubts that FLA is a monumentally corrupt, racist state governed by a proto-fascist slimeball, check out this article.