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    Opinion... Mike Abrams

    Governor doesn’t know how to govern, should resign and go back to private business

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    May 19, 2015

    And we now have a governor who believes that the people in Florida don’t deserve the medical care that is available to those in other states.
    That, in itself, would be a sick joke, but our governor believes that he has earned the right to impose his right wing John Birch philosophy on citizens of Florida and embarrass the state by admittedly faking his interest in helping people get federal money.

    If we look at the mentality here, and that’s basically the problem, we seem to have someone whose idea of government is cramped and crippled when it comes to caring for the health and welfare of the citizenry. I don’t think it’s far removed from the childlike temper tantrums espoused by Ayn Rand, whose basic philosophy has infected a growing number of politicians and fanatics whose mindset borders on fascism.

    American fascism has a long history of growth, and one of its primary exponents was Father Coughlin, whose radio show had to be turned off after we entered World War II because it was full of hatred. He had even inspired gangs of thugs to roam streets and beat up people who didn’t agree with their philosophy. It’s not a far step from hatred of minorities, particularly the Jews, but that would include any religious group whose philosophy would suggest that life can be improved, and any minority which is seen as a threat.

    The history of fascism, of course, is the history of creating a societal elite of manufacturers and businessmen whose job it is to bribe the government to implement policies against the working class; to regiment the poor and hungry into a kind of slavery; to strut and rave and set class against class. Fascism preys on ignorance.

    Fortunately, we have a system of balances in our own country, where the legislature and the judicial branch can be seen as a counterweight to the kind of rascality that we see in the executive branches in many states. The problem is that the same money that elects the governor has elected the legislative branch, and so we find a kind of lock-step here.  It is interesting that the governor’s far right mindset has even upset some of the legislators of Florida. The question is whether there is enough independent thought in the legislature to do anything about it.

    How will Scott be remembered? He will be forgotten because he’s done hardly anything for the people of this state. His attempts to lower taxes in a state that doesn’t even have an income tax harms everything from infrastructure to education. He’s alien to the values of people who would like to preserve a future. He lives in a kind of right-wing Disneyland rather than the real world.

    He needs to go back to private business.