Gov. Ron DeSantis sworn in for second term – WPLG Local 10

Amanda Batchelor, Digital Government Producer
Michelle Solomon, Podcast Producer/Reporter
Revealed: January 3, 2023, 10:01 AM
Up to date: January 3, 2023, 12:52 PM
Amanda Batchelor, Digital Government Producer
Michelle Solomon, Podcast Producer/Reporter
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis was sworn in Tuesday for a second time period as Florida’s governor in a particular ceremony on the steps of the Historic Capitol in Tallahassee.
Different officers have been additionally sworn in Tuesday, together with Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez, Lawyer Common Ashley Moody, Chief Monetary Officer Jimmy Patronis and Commissioner of Agriculture-Elect Wilton Simpson.
Polls main as much as the midterm elections confirmed incumbent Republican Gov. DeSantis forward of Democratic candidate Charlie Crist statewide by double digits and so they have been proper.
DeSantis was the clear winner within the race for Florida governor, getting 60 p.c of the votes in comparison with Crist’s 40 p.c.
Looming over his victory is his attainable bid for the White Home, however throughout campaigning, DeSantis prevented questions from his opponent about his presidential plans.
DeSantis’s win means that he’s the primary Republican governor to take Miami-Dade since Jeb Bush in 2002.
His full speech from his second inauguration might be learn under:
“Mr. Chief Justice, members of the Cupboard, and fellow residents:
From the Area Coast to the Suncoast, from St. Johns to St. Lucie, from the streets of Hialeah to the speedways of Daytona, from the Okeechobee all the way in which as much as Micanopy.
Freedom lives right here, in our nice Sunshine State of Florida!
It lives within the braveness of those that patrol the streets and hold our communities protected, it lives within the business of those that work lengthy hours to earn a dwelling and lift their households, it lives within the dedication of these who train our kids, it lives within the dedication of those that develop our meals, it lives within the knowledge of our senior residents, it lives within the desires of the historic variety of households who’ve moved from hundreds of miles away as a result of they noticed Florida because the land of liberty and the land of sanity.
Over the previous few years, as so many states in our nation grinded their residents down, we in Florida lifted our folks up.
When different states consigned their folks’s freedom to the dustbin, Florida stood strongly as freedom’s linchpin.
When the world misplaced its thoughts – when frequent sense immediately turned an unusual advantage – Florida was a refuge of sanity, a citadel of freedom for our fellow Individuals and even for folks world wide.
In captaining the ship of state, we select to navigate the boisterous sea of liberty reasonably than cower within the calm docks of despotism.
We face assaults, we take hits, however we climate the storms, we stand our floor, and we do what is true.
Because the Ebook of Psalms reminds us, “I can’t worry although tens of hundreds assail me on each aspect.”
We’ve got refused to make use of polls and to place our finger within the wind – leaders do not comply with, they lead.
We’ve got articulated a imaginative and prescient for a free and affluent state.
We’ve got, by persistence and arduous work, executed on that imaginative and prescient.
We’ve got produced favorable outcomes.
And now we’re right here immediately as a result of the folks of Florida have validated our efforts in document vogue.
Florida exhibits that outcomes matter. We lead not by mere phrases, however by deeds.
4 years in the past, we promised to pursue a daring agenda. We did simply that and we’ve got produced outcomes:
We mentioned we might be sure that Florida taxed evenly, regulated moderately, and spent conservatively – and we delivered.
We promised we might enact huge schooling reforms – and we delivered.
We mentioned we might finish judicial activism by appointing jurists who perceive the correct position of a choose is to use the legislation as written, not legislate from the bench – and we delivered.
We promised to usher in a brand new period of stewardship for Florida’s pure sources by selling water high quality and Everglades restoration efforts – and we delivered.
We mentioned we might stand for legislation and order and help the women and men of legislation enforcement – and we delivered.
We promised to treatment deficiencies in Florida’s election administration and to maintain wayward officers accountable – and we delivered.
We mentioned we might help the areas in Northwest Florida laid low with Hurricane Michael – and we delivered.
And when Hurricane Ian got here final 12 months, the state coordinated an enormous mobilization of response personnel, facilitated the quickest energy restoration on document, and even rapidly rebuilt key bridges that had been worn out by the storm. We’ve got stood by the folks of Southwest Florida and we’ll proceed to take action within the weeks, months and years forward.
Due to these efforts and others, Florida is main the nation:
We’re #1 in these United States in web in-migration
Florida is the #1 quickest rising state
We’re #1 in new enterprise formations
Florida is #1 in tourism
We’re #1 in financial freedom
Florida is #1 in schooling freedom
And we rank #1 in parental involvement in schooling
Florida additionally ranks #1 in public greater schooling
It is a document we will all be happy with.
And we’re removed from achieved:
Florida has amassed a document finances surplus, and we have to enact a document quantity of tax reduction, significantly for Florida households who’re grappling with inflation.
We should guarantee college methods are responsive to oldsters and to college students, not partisan curiosity teams, and we should be sure that our establishments of greater studying are targeted on educational excellence and the pursuit of reality, not the imposition of classy ideology.
Florida should at all times be a fantastic place to lift a household – we’ll enact extra family-friendly insurance policies to make it simpler to lift kids and we’ll defend our kids in opposition to those that search to rob them of their innocence.
We are going to at all times stay a law-and-order state, we’ll at all times help legislation enforcement, and we’ll at all times reject soft-on-crime insurance policies that put our communities in danger.
Florida is now in a golden period for conservation of our treasured pure sources. Our momentum is robust and we’ll end what we began – we’ll go away Florida to God higher than we discovered it!
This a lot we pledge and a lot extra.
It’s usually mentioned that our federalist constitutional system – with fifty states in a position to pursue their very own distinctive insurance policies – represents a laboratory of democracy.
Effectively these previous few years have witnessed a fantastic take a look at of governing philosophies as many jurisdictions pursued a a lot totally different path than we’ve got pursued right here within the state of Florida.
The insurance policies pursued by these states have sparked a mass exodus of productive Individuals from these jurisdictions – with Florida serving as essentially the most desired vacation spot, a promised land of sanity.
Many of those cities and states have embraced faddish ideology on the expense of putting up with ideas.
They’ve harmed public security by coddling criminals and attacking legislation enforcement.
They’ve imposed unreasonable burdens on taxpayers to finance unfathomable ranges of public spending.
They’ve harmed schooling by subordinating the pursuits of scholars and oldsters to partisan curiosity teams.
They’ve imposed medical authoritarianism within the guise of pandemic mandates and restrictions that lack a scientific foundation.
This weird, however prevalent, ideology that permeates these coverage measures purports to behave within the identify of justice for the marginalized, but it surely frowns upon American establishments, it rejects advantage and achievement, and it advocates identification essentialism.
We reject this woke ideology.
We search normalcy, not philosophical lunacy!
We is not going to permit actuality, details, and reality to turn out to be elective.
We are going to by no means give up to the woke mob.
Florida is the place woke goes to die!
Now Florida’s success has been made harder by the floundering federal institution in Washington, D.C.
The federal authorities has gone on an inflationary spending binge that has left our nation weaker and our residents poorer, it has enacted pandemic restrictions and mandates – based mostly extra on ideology and politics than on sound science – and this has eroded freedom and stunted commerce.
It has recklessly facilitated open borders: making a mockery of the rule of legislation, permitting huge quantities of narcotics to infest our states, importing prison aliens, and inexperienced lighting the circulation of hundreds of thousands of unlawful aliens into our nation, burdening communities and taxpayers all through the land.
It has imposed an power coverage that has crippled our nation’s home manufacturing, inflicting power to price extra for our residents and eroding our nation’s power safety, and, within the course of, our nationwide safety.
It wields its authority by a sprawling, unaccountable and out-of-touch forms that doesn’t act on behalf of us, however as an alternative looms over us and imposes its will upon us.
The outcomes of this have been predictably dismal.
This has triggered many to be pessimistic concerning the nation’s future. Some say that failure is inevitable.
Florida is proof optimistic that We the Individuals are not destined for failure.
Decline is a alternative. Success is attainable. And freedom is price preventing for.
Now preventing for freedom shouldn’t be straightforward as a result of the threats to freedom are extra complicated and extra widespread than previously – the threats can come from entrenched bureaucrats in D.C., jet-setters in Davos, and companies wielding public energy.
However struggle we should.
We embrace our founding creed that our rights should not granted by the courtesy of the State, however are endowed by the hand of the Almighty.
We reject the concept that self-government might be subcontracted out to technocratic elites who scale back human beings to mere information factors.
We insist on the restoration of time-tested constitutional ideas in order that authorities of, by and for the folks shall not perish from this earth.
Florida has led the way in which in preserving what the daddy of our nation known as the ‘sacred fireplace of liberty.’
It’s the fireplace that burned in Independence Corridor when 56 males pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor to determine a brand new nation conceived in liberty.
It’s the fireplace that burned at a cemetery at Gettysburg when the nation’s first Republican president pledged to this nation a “new delivery of freedom.”
It’s the fireplace that burned among the many boys who stormed the seashores of Normandy to liberate a continent and to protect freedom for the world.
It’s the fireplace that infused a younger preacher’s dream, relayed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, that the Declaration of Independence mentioned what it meant and meant what it mentioned: all males are created equal.
It’s the fireplace that led a resolute president to face in Berlin and declare ‘tear down this wall,’ staring down the communists and successful the Chilly Battle.
It’s our duty right here in Florida to hold this torch.
We don’t run from this duty; we welcome it.
We might be on our guard.
We are going to stand agency within the religion.
We might be brave.
We might be sturdy!
And we thank God and are proud to be residents of the nice Free State of Florida!”
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