Thursday, September 21, 2023


dou·​ble·​speak ˈdə-bəl-ˌspēk
: language used to deceive usually through concealment or misrepresentation of truth
also : gobbledygook
The Republicans are pros at doublespeak, one of the leaders of doublespeak is… DeSantis! Anyone surprised?
Gov. Ron DeSantis was sworn in for a second term Tuesday with a muscle-flexing speech in which he celebrated Florida as a “citadel of freedom” while focusing on a wide array of familiar targets broadly captured by his condemnation of “woke ideology.”

In his 16-minute speech, before a 3,000-person crowd, DeSantis defended Florida families, law enforcement and parental rights, while blistering other states, partisan interest groups and a federal government he cast as seeking either to impose “trendy ideologies” or abandoning basic responsibilities.

“We reject this woke ideology,” DeSantis said. “We seek normalcy, not philosophical lunacy. We will not allow reality, facts and truth to become optional. We will never surrender to the woke mob.”


“We will enact more family-friendly policies that make it easier to raise children and we will defend our children against those who seek to rob them of their innocence,” he said, hinting at another round of legislation similar to last year’s parental rights measure that was ridiculed by opponents as “Don’t Say Gay.”
Translation for Republican DoubleSpeak…
“Citadel of freedom” = banning books, banning saying “Gay”, banning Black history, and banning trans healthcare.
“Reject this woke ideology” = we want to discriminate against Blacks, gays. Non-Christians, and other people that don’t look like us.
“Family-friendly policies” = forcing LGBTQ+ students back in the closet, allowing right-wing parents to dictate what other can learn.

In an essay...
It Can Happen Here
In recent legislation in her home state of Florida, Edwidge Danticat hears echoes of the oppressive regimes in Haiti that her family fled.
Harper Bazaar
By Edwidge Danticat
September 11, 2023

Earlier this year, my 2010 essay collection, Create Dangerously, was adapted for the stage and performed in Miami, where I live. Like the book, the play honors artists, particularly writers who have risked their lives to write their books—as well as the readers who have risked their lives to read them.

It’s a legacy I know well, having grown up first in Haiti, then in the United States among Haitian expatriates. My friend Régine Chassagne, a singer from the indie rock group Arcade Fire, and I recently talked about how during the brutal Duvalier dictatorship in 1963 Haiti, her grand-father, the Haitian poet Roland Chassagne, was arrested at a Port-au-Prince publishing house for sharing “contraband literature.” He was taken to François “Papa Doc” Duvalier’s notorious prison dungeon, Fort Dimanche, and was never heard from again.


… The law [“Stop W.O.K.E. Act” ] singles out Black-history instruction, noting that it should “examine what it means to be a responsible and respectful person, for the purpose of encouraging tolerance of diversity in a pluralistic society and for nurturing and protecting democratic values and institutions. …

… The “Stop W.O.K.E. Act” has had some preposterous outcomes. In this climate, even spaces supposedly friendly to conservative agendas have been caught in the culture wars. The principal of a charter school that emphasizes “classical education” resigned in March after sixth graders at her school were shown a picture of Michelangelo’s statue of David, which one parent labeled“pornographic.” In May, the state’s Department of Education placed a fifth-grade teacher under investigation after she showed her class the animated film Strange World, which features a gay character. One parent, who attended protests organized by far-right extremists the Proud Boys and the “parental rights” group Moms for Liberty last year, filed a complaint demanding that the book version of Amanda Gorman’s 2021 inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” be removed from “the total environment” and that it was “not for schools.” …
These are long winded paragraphs!
Many public-school teachers I have talked to consider their current reality dystopian. Afraid of breaking draconian laws, librarians and media specialists have had to empty their shelves or cover up their books.

“I think they only want us to teach Republican white men,”one history teacher told me. “Sometimes I’m unsure what place or century we’re in.”
If this is the future you want where oppression = freedom and  censorship = liberty in DoubleSpeak, vote Republican.

If you want to stop all this Republican doublespeak vote Democrat.


  1. Richard Nelson9/21/23, 10:41 PM

    "Sworn in for his second term." Somebody must like him. It's a shame. Maybe some of that good old defiance has got to happen. You know back in the day we didn't just leave the battle, we fought it. We sang "We shall not be moved, we got beaten, dog bitten, tear gassed, water hosed, and some were killed. "Oh, freedom" we sang. Cowering in fear of the fascists is not the way to go. Pick a day, any day. Get together and defy. If need be go to jail, keep it up. Have folks not learned the lessons of activist history? We must again put the good of the people ahead of self.

  2. Richard, I have to agree. However, it seems the majority of Floridians seem to like what he is doing. His ideas seem to fly all over the south and basically the "fly over" states. There is a migration away from these states to states where freedoms are more secure. What goes on in Florida will not fly in Washington State. When these politicians control the upper and lower chambers of the legislative branch and the governorship and pack the courts with like thinkers it become essentially a losing battle. Personally, I see a losing battle being fought in many states because too many people either agree or feel it is not their battle. One does not have to wonder why Germany in the 1930's turned out the way it did. It's playing out in many states.