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Our dumb state Vol. 8

Attack of the banana cream Republicans

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“The person to blame is me, not Dean Cannon,” simpered Haridopolos to the News Service of Florida. Aw.

Cannon – and the House in general – joined in a lawsuit earlier this year challenging the redistricting language overwhelmingly approved by the pub- lic in a 2010 constitutional amendment vote, hoping, we presume, that a federal high court (or separate branch of governance) would side with him? More judicial activism, please!

Well, all the more troubling is a much larger separation, one that’s been bumping around Tallahassee since the heady days of Gov. Jeb Bush. Packaging the measure to nullify the separation of church and state – a federal constitutional mandate, if we remember our First Amendment history correctly – as a civil rights issue aimed at protecting religious freedoms, Cannon and Co. were able to move the measure forward for public vote on the 2012 ballot. Even religious leaders balked, pointing out that religious freedom hinges on the freedom from public finance rules, and that any dilution of that principle could challenge the freedom of religion in Florida.

That freedom isn’t exactly what Cannon, Scott and Haridopolos – all sucking at the Jesus teat – have in mind. Gov. Bush made a similar attempt during his tenure as a means of furthering funding for “voucher schools” – now charter schools – many of which are private or religious schools. Even Jesus has an agenda. The end result, should the Republican supermajority get its way, could effectively leave a state run by corporations and zealots, an extreme version of the wasteland Florida has already become. You think we’re dumb now? Wait until next year.

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