In a speech last week in which he outlined his military budget, DeSantis turned heads when he announced a proposal to reinstate a World War II-era organization, the Florida State Guard, which was originally formed to assist the state after National Guard forces were activated for federal service in the European and Asian theaters.
The American Wire provided additional details:
The force would be made up of 200 civilian volunteers and “trained in the best emergency response techniques” they would employ during natural disasters or other state emergencies, a press release noted. In his budget, DeSantis proposed spending $3.5 million on the new force.
Importantly, the force would be completely independent of federal control.
“We are proud of our veterans and active-duty military members and proud of what our communities do to support them,” DeSantis, himself a former U.S. Naval Reserve officer and Iraq war vet, said.
“Florida is one of the most veteran-friendly states and I think there are very few places that you would rather be on duty than in the state of Florida. As a veteran, I really appreciate what everyone who wears the uniform does in our state and am excited about these proposals – they will go a long way and have a meaningful impact,” he said.
“In Florida, we are going to continue our momentum of supporting our military, supporting our veterans and being good stewards of our military installations.”
The press release notes: “The military spending budget for the Florida National Guard supports vital emergency response services that the National Guard provides. The establishment of the Florida State Guard will further support those emergency response efforts in the event of a hurricane, natural disasters and other state emergencies.”
The new unit, DeSantis noted further, would “not be encumbered by the federal government." He went on to say that the force would afford him “the flexibility and the ability needed to respond to events in our state in the most effective way possible.”
“The budget proposal also includes $12.2 million in scholarships for children and spouses of deceased or disabled veterans, and $3.6 million to improve base infrastructure and support projects that keep our military installations among the best in the nation,” the press release adds.
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, a former GOP Florida governor who used to be a RINO and is now running against DeSantis as a Democrat, posted a tweet in which he falsely claimed that the State Guard would amount to DeSantis’ “secret police.”
“No Governor should have his own handpicked secret police,” he wrote.
Actually, what the new force really amounts to is a secret weapon against federal government-induced collapse -- and the idea for the State Guard comes at a time when Americans' faith and trust in the regular military has hit new lows, thanks in large part to the Biden regime's efforts to turn the institution into one giant "woke" fraternity.
“Almost a year into the Biden Administration and a few months removed from the Afghanistan withdrawal, the American people are equivocal and unsure about U.S. global leadership and military capabilities,” notes an introduction to a report discussing a shocking new survey from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute.
The survey “reveals the continuation of many trends that emerged in previous surveys, such as declining trust and confidence in the military,” the introduction continues.
According to the survey of roughly 2,500 people, trust in the U.S. military fell from 70 percent to 45 percent over the past three years -- including a sharp 11-point drop just since Biden took office.
In the very near future, State Guard units will become vital to protecting what remains of our liberties, so we should support them.