I just listened to the CPAC speeches by Governors DeSantis and Noem. I went over the substance of their speeches. Both of them were bragging about the results that their states had during COVID and of the conservative policies and priorities that each had selected to enforce. And they were right to brag. Both states weathered 2020 with their economies intact and without having caved in to the stupidity that Cuomo and Newsom followed. They protected the right people and let everyone else live their lives like free people.
Listening to DeSantis as a political speaker he’s okay. He’s not mesmerizing, or effortlessly glib. Comparing him to Ronald Reagan, he would be thought to be a lesser speaker. But he was talking about the legislation he’s endorsing to rein in the Silicon Valley companies from de-platforming and canceling conservatives for their beliefs. That’s amazing. No other American politician has dared to even consider doing that. If he can make that happen, he will singlehandedly revolutionize the reality of free speech in America today. A man who is taking such bold action could be a man to lead us to freedom.
Governor Noem is a very effective speaker. She spoke about how the press, specifically George Stephanopoulos, mocked her on television and begged Andrew Cuomo to take her aside and straighten her out on how to handle COVID. The irony of how that sounds today is staggering. Cuomo is being investigated for his incompetent and dishonest handling of nursing home safety during the height of the COVID crisis. Amid all the overreach of his lockdowns he stupidly exposed the one population that was known to be critically vulnerable to COVID to direct exposure to people that were known to have developed the disease. Comparing this to Noem’s approach makes her actions seem reasonable and balanced. She also told a personal story about her father that was quite touching and also tied into her message on responsibility and courage. She seems like someone who will be attractive to voters and she has demonstrated that she isn’t easily panicked into taking poor advice. She also may turn out to be someone who will help us regain our freedom.
So, there are two leaders. Depending on your count of red states we probably need another twenty-two or twenty-three more governors just like them. Because it’s going to take a coalition of red states to fend off the unconstitutional assault that we will be coming at us from Washington. But the good news is these two leaders seem to get it. They are talking about the right things. They are doing the right things. I compare this to someone like Marco Rubio, the supposedly conservative US senator from Florida. His speeches are full of feeling and ringing endorsement of conservative platitudes but he consistently caves into leftist demands for things like amnesty for illegals. This tells me that we seem to be making some progress in who is getting into red state government.
So, it’s not like we are ready to have a Red State Constitutional Convention. But we are starting to see the beginning of a movement by the states to push back against the anti-conservative alliance. We see politicians who actually seem to get it. And that’s more than encouraging. It downright inspiring.