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Governor DeSantis Reminds the GOP of the Importance of Free Enterprise, Blasts Republicans for Being “Soft”

While speaking at the National Conservatism Conference in Miami on September 11th, Governor Ron DeSantis said that Republicans have been soft on big business and that the GOP needs to take on major corporations if we are going to advance conservatives’ goals and defend our core American values. In recent months, the governor has taken action against progressive policies in the workplace and signed the “Stop WOKE Act,” which is an aggressive measure to stop woke indoctrination in schools and businesses across Florida.  

In his hour-long speech on Sunday, DeSantis said that his experiences taking a proactive stand against progressivism in schools and businesses in his state should provide lessons to conservatives on how they can challenge the power of corporations. DeSantis made the following comments on free enterprise in his speech on Sunday: 

“Some of these big companies are now exercising quasi-public power.

“Corporatism is not the same as free enterprise. I think too many Republicans have viewed limited government to mean that whatever is best for corporate America is how we want to do the economy.

“What I’m doing is using government to give space to the individual citizen to be able to participate in society, to be able to speak his or her mind. And I think that’s an absolutely appropriate use of government power.”

Desantis also called out Walt Disney Co. for continuing to profit off of China while ignoring that Beijing has a very long record of abusing human rights. The Chinese Communist Party is one of the biggest violators of human rights in the entire world.

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In April of this year, Governor DeSantis successfully dissolved the long-standing, self-governing status of Walt Disney World, the largest corporate enterprise in the state of Florida, after the company issued a statement that criticized the Parental Rights in Education bill that DeSantis backed and signed into law, banning teachers from teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity to children in kindergarten through the third grade. Disney lashed out against the governor, calling it the “Don’tSay Gay” bill, resonating with progressive woke groups across the country. 

In response to Ron Desantis’ParentalRights in Education Bill, Disney Ceo Bob Chapek said, “truly believe we are an infinitely better and stronger company because of our LGBTQ+ community. I missed the mark in this case but am an ally you can count on—and I will be an outspoken champion for the protections, visibility, and opportunity you deserve.” Disney has stated that the bill should never have passed, and they are determined to get the law struck down or repealed. They are saying that they are going to work to repeal the rights of parents in the state of Florida. Best of luck with that. In DeSantis’ own words, “And I’m just thinking to myself, you’re a corporation based in Burbank, California, and you’re going to marshal your economic might to attack the parents of my state. We view that as a provocation, and we’re going to fight back against that.”

Ron DeSantis believes that free enterprise is the best economic system and should be “a means to having a good fulfilling life and a prosperous society. It’s not an end in and of itself,” he said.

We can only hope that the Republican party follows the lead of strong, Conservative men like DeSantis, who dared to stand up to Disney and continues to stand up for the people of his home state. We need 49 more governors like him.