by Shelt Garner
The more I learn about Florida’s now-notorious “Don’t Say Gay Bill” I realize the whole thing was a trap — that the center-Left gleefully fell into. The whole thing is designed to provide the MAGA New Right yet ANOTHER budgen in the pitched battle that is the culture wars.
As I understand it, the bill deals with prohibiting discussion of being gay and gender reassignment with the very, very young — kindergarteners to third grade. This is so obviously a setup on the part of Florida Republicans eager to give Ron DeSantis yet more material for his efforts to be POTUS.
Here’s what’s happening. In my echo chamber, all I’m saying is simply “Don’t Say Gay” without any additional information about what’s going on. So, my first impression was it was about simply not talking about being gay in, I don’t know, high school or something.
Meanwhile, in the far more conservative echo chamber of my Traditionalist relatives, all they hear about is the ages involved.
That this is even an issue is so monumentally dumb indicates to me that there was plotting involved in the bill’s conception in the first place. The MAGA New Right knows damn well what the media narrative is about anything to do with being gay and so they decided to pull out of their butts something that was easy for both sides to get upset about.
The center-Left is mad because of the name, while the center-Right is mad because they’re hysterical about the possibility of children so young even having such things discussed with them in the first place. So, in a sense, both sides are both right and wrong.
And, in the end, all that happens is both sides hate each other more than already did and Ron DeSantis is one step closer to being our first autocratic president. (He’s going to have to either get passed Trump or be Trump’s veep to get this honor, but lulz.)
The point is — the United States grows more and more unstable every day as we lurch towards the “Fourth Turning” of 2024 – 2025.