This week, I caught up with Republican candidate for the newly created 6th Congressional District Ron DeSantis. Mr. DeSantis, a native Floridian is an Iraq war veteran, and former federal prosecutor. Mr. DeSantis is a graduate of Yale, Harvard Law School, and yet he remains a strong conservative.
Mr. DeSantis says: “I’m running for Congress to reverse Obama’s big government policies, to be faithful to the principles on which our nation was founded, and to make members of Congress play by the same rules as the rest of us, Our Founding Fathers would be appalled at how Washington has grown out of control……Recapturing and preserving American exceptionalism requires new citizen leaders – not career politicians – who will do what it takes to reassert constitutional limitations on government, restore the rule of law and pull us back from the brink of economic catastrophe.”
Given his bold priorities, I asked Mr. DeSantis how he would approach the Federal role in education. He states that his first priority would be to repeal Obamacare. He feels that repealing the oppressive mandates, and police powers contained in the 2700 page bill would send a strong signal that Federal overreach is being sharply curtailed. He believes that Federal bureaucracies have become increasingly unaccountable. He believes that many of these regulations could be sunset, and this would send a message that regulatory restraint is the new government approach.
Mr. DeSantis believes that the Department of Education should be shut down because it is another example of regulatory overreach. He also believes that the Constitution does not enumerate any Federal role in education. He cautions that Congress must be careful not to close down the Department of Education, while allowing the functions to be transferred to another agency. He wants to return decisions and standards to the local level. He believes that the Federal government tends to like one-size-fits-all standards like “No Child Left Behind.” I asked him if these functions should be terminated en bloc or one at a time. Mr. Desantis feels that terminating the Department of Education’s functions should be one at a time to get a clear, clean vote.
I asked how Mr. DeSantis felt about the curriculum mandates like UN sponsored Agenda 21 and it’s twin, The International Baccalaureate. Together these support a Blame America First, socialist leaning, global warming, racial, and sexual victimization agenda. Mr. DeSantis authored Dreams From Our Founding Fathers: First Principles in the Age of Obama, which shows how Barack Obama and his allies have departed from our nation’s founding principles. So of course he believes that the Federal government should not be promoting Agenda 21 or IB. He cautions that the left will certainly make every effort to see that globalist thinking gets into schools at the local level if they can. He does not want the Federal government to dictate curricula whether it is right or left leaning because it would set up a double standard.
I asked about whether he thought it was appropriate for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Islamic biased textbooks to be allowed in our nations schools since they were linked to terrorist organizations. He stated that it was the responsibility of the Federal government to keep America safe from threat and therefore CAIR and other terror-linked groups should be barred from speaking in public schools.
Mr. DeSantis believes in leading by example and believes elected officials should be paid for performance. For example, they have their salary cut if they fail to pass a budget, and the Senate has done for the past 3 years, and earn an incentive for on time on budget performance. He believes as Teddy Roosevelt, that elected officials have a “bully pulpit” and he would use to speak up for America’s proud heritage and rebuke socialist attitudes that deny Americans an opportunity to realize their dreams.
He strongly opposes government infringing natural rights and individual liberties quoting: “ ‘We are endowed by our Creator’ not the government.”
Mr. DeSantis deployed to Iraq during the 2007 troop surge as an adviser to a Navy SEAL commander in support of the SEAL counterinsurgency mission, and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service.
A lifelong Floridian born in Jacksonville, Mr. DeSantis has served at Naval Station Mayport and Naval Air Station Jacksonville, and continues to serve as an officer in the U.S. Navy reserve. Ron will campaign on limited government principles, free market economics and a strong national defense. He will call for a federal Balanced Budget Amendment, a complete overhaul of the tax code, the abolition of crony capitalism, term limits for members of Congress, and an end to the system of perks and giveaways that Congress grants to its members. Ron de Santis lives in Ponte Vedra Beach in St. Johns County with his wife Casey Black DeSantis, an Emmy award-winning television host.