DeSantis and Florida Lead The Way on Educating Children about Communism

There was a time in America when Communism was a “four letter word.”

We waged a Cold War for a half century to prevent communist powers from taking over or dominating the world. The threat from Communism was taken seriously enough that enlistees into the military had to provide an acceptable explanation if they had traveled to any communist-ruled country. Failure to do so could result in denied entry or at least denied a security clearance.

America doesn’t think much about communists today, as though Communism went out of style with bell-bottom jeans –even though if you added up all the official communist party members active in China today it’s a larger number than the total number of party members worldwide during the height of the Cold War.

One place that Communism is alive and well is unfortunately on America’s college campuses, where professors, protected by a ridiculous tenure system, openly inculcate America’s young adults with propaganda, making college a fertile recruiting ground for extremists like Antifa. Fortunately, Governor Ron DeSantis and his legislative allies in Florida are taking steps to prepare Florida’s young people with an education about the true totalitarian nature of Communism.

Governor DeSantis has now signed legislation in Florida to honor the millions of victims of Communism by proclaiming November 7 in Florida to be Victims of Communism Day. The measure was authored by Rep. David Borrero of Sweetwater, Florida and Senator Manny Diaz, Jr. of Hialeah Gardens, Florida. The legislation passed both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate unanimously.

Though this may seem symbolic, to many Floridians who fled communist oppression and tyranny under Fidel Castro, such a day is very personal, touching on real events in their lives and in the lives of their family members.

DeSantis continues to set the standard for America when it comes to address the vital issues and dangerous ideologues that impact Americans. In 2021, DeSantis signed legislation that required students in Florida to be taught that Communism is a totalitarian system that conflicts with our republic’s founding principles.

Last summer, DeSantis fired a rhetorical broadside at the Biden administration when he sent a demand letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, detailing the administration’s negligence and malfeasance in refusing to enforce America’s federal immigration laws and protect our borders.

Worldwide, Communism dwarfs all other political ideologies for its death toll; communist dictators combined to kill some 100 million people during the 20th century. Today the hammer and sickle and the clenched fist of Communism should be viewed in much the same way that the Nazi swastika is viewed.


Christopher Holton

Senior Analyst and Director of State Outreach.

EDITORS NOTE: This Center for Security Policy column is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

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