Well, good news for America, but the toll it's taken on Florida for DeSatan to run for president to begin with has been horrendous. He started his anti-science, anti-woke, anti-critical race education, anti-gay rights, anti-woman, pro-gun policies (I'm sure I'm leaving out a bunch of shit) started back when the idea of a run for the Republican nomination was just a tiny spark in his dead, dead eyes.
Y'all can't even imagine the terrific damage that man has done to this state, trying to out-Trump Trump. Remember when he nominated Joseph Ladapo for surgeon general of Florida and of course the Republican led state senate confirmed him and then Ladapo went on a mission to try and keep Florida "open" during the pandemic and has criticized the vaccines since they made their appearance. As recently as a few days ago he called them "the anti-Christ of all products" because they were showing disrespect to the human genome which is our connection to God.
So yeah, we've got that going on and have for a long time.
There's been the "don't say gay" bills, bills making it illegal for trans people to get the medical help they need, stricter abortion laws, books pulled from library shelves because of a group of insane people to the point where now the dictionary has been taken out of some schools because god forbid a child should look up a word like "vagina" in it.
Drag shows have come under attack. Life for trans kids has been made as unbearable as possible. I personally know several people who have moved out of state because of fear that new laws and the prevailing attitudes are a threat to their very existence.
I could go on and on. But you know what the bottom line for DeSantis and all of his Republican minion lawmakers in the state is?
These people are just cruel.
Go HERE to read about how he has refused Federal funds to help with things from health coverage to environmental action, thus putting all of us in danger.
Now. Would the man have done all these things if he hadn't been running for president?
Who knows? Not me.
But I have a feeling he might not have been quite so apt to play to those whom he considers his base. Maybe. He could just be evil.
So am I glad he dropped out of the race?
Well, yes. I'd hate to see him do to the entire country what he's done to the state I love and live in. But the results of his attempt to become president have left the most vulnerable, the youngest, the oldest, and the most disenfranchised of our state far worse off than they were before.
And having said all of that, it's been a gloomy day, but a lot warmer.
I finished the McMurtry biography. That man lived a life. Since it was a biography, not an autobiography or a memoir, I don't feel as if I really came to know the man from reading it. But I know a lot more OF him. I do know that he loved books. He read them, he wrote them, he bought and he sold them. They were his life.
But books can help us through and McMurtry's have gotten me through some of the most sorrowful and dense of my life.