Gov. Ron DeSantis: An Honorable Politician

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"We shouldn't have gone down that road." — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis It takes a brave person to admit he is wrong, particularly if he occupies high office and has previously committe...
"We shouldn't have gone down that road." — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis

It takes a brave person to admit he is wrong, particularly if he occupies high office and has previously committed to a program proven to be a colossal error of judgment. Such a person is Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has called COVID lockdowns a "huge mistake" and on September 25, 2020, fully opened up his state. "If we hadn't stood up," he explained, "these people may not have jobs, the businesses may have gone under, the kids wouldn't be in school." In acting as he did, he has shown himself to be a man of genuine integrity and political fearlessness—and, indeed, a man of presidential stature.

The typical response of most public officials, authorities, and framers of policy who have wedded themselves to a failing course of action is, on the contrary, to double down on the misery they have provoked and to prolong, even exacerbate, the consequences of their folly. They are too heavily invested in a catastrophic trajectory to risk calling their mistaken decisions into question. DeSantis has them pegged: "They advocated policies that have not worked against the virus but have been very, very destructive. They are never going to admit they were wrong about anything," especially as they are supported "by a big-tech council of censors in service of the ruling elite."

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And they have been backstopped by a cabal of medical professionals, in effect unelected authorities like Anthony Fauci in the U.S. and Theresa Tam in Canada, who have wielded immense political influence and persuasive power while regularly changing their minds and advisories—constantly "moving the goalposts," as the popular expression has it. The wittily titled Faucian Bargain by Steve Deace and Todd Erzen has effectively exploded the medical myth of infallibility and the tenure of "all-powerful and self-perpetuating" operatives like Fauci who are…
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