Even if President Obama gets re-elected for a second term, we Floridians have to put up with two more years of Florida state government that is unresponsive to the people, instead favoring the special interests. This is how life in Florida has gone down the storm drain under Rick Scott as well as Pam Bondi:
The unauthorized turning of public meetings into private meetings. Remember what happened at The Villages?
The refusal of federal healthcare money.
Throwing the potential of 25,000 jobs into the trash can by refusing federal money for high speed rail (the expansive median on Interstate 4 between Tampa and Orlando serves as a reminder).
The constant lying and deceit to the people of Florida.
To the people of Florida who are unemployed and their unemployment benefits have ran out.
To the people of Florida who are discriminated while looking for work.
To the Florida homeowner subjected to the super high homeowners insurance rate increases by Citizens.
Children that are constantly fed with drill and practice in school for the FCAT.
Children that are being treated as property of the county school district. Try to have a conference with your child’s teachers and more than likely you will be arrested for either trespassing on school property, interfering with the operation of a public school or a combination of the two. Try to greet your child in the unsecured area of school grounds (the area where you do not have to check in at the office, present your ID and pick up a visitor pass) when the school day is over and you will be arrested for trespassing.
The constant use of Florida State Statute 810.09 – Florida’s trespassing laws – as a tool of oppression against the people of the State of Florida. Florida’s trespassing laws are an easy tool of oppression, especially for private property owners who don’t want to go through the time and trouble of going to court and getting a restraining order against a person.
Making sure that each law abiding Florida resident has at least an arrest record that will follow them for the rest of their lives – even if it takes the issuance of a trespass warning to do it. From what I understand and what I have read this was Pam Bondi’s goal.
Turning law enforcement such as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement against the people. Just ask the people of The Villages who were subjected to oppression from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office with the threat of arrest for trespassing when Rick Scott came to visit.
Warehousing our disabled youth in nursing homes for life.
Warehousing our elderly and veterans in nursing homes for life and taking their prized possessions away, thanks to Florida’s guardianship laws that serve to legally kidnap and exploit the elderly and disabled as well as our veterans.
Making sure that Floridians who have legally registered to vote are purged from the voter rolls.
Ask yourself: How would you feel, as an American citizen living here in Florida, got the news that you are not eligible to vote? And the reason is because of a flawed list?
Want proof? Here’s some articles from the St. Petersburg Times:
Do we Floridians have to put up with two more years of the constant lying, deceit and threats? Do we Floridians have to put up with two more years of oppression against the people of our great state? We Floridians are getting sick and tired of life under Rick Scott!
Both Rick Scott and Pam Bondi have done nothing to make Florida state government responsive to the people. What Rick Scott and Pam Bondi need to do is to do the people of the State of Florida a very big favor before 2014: Resign from office!!!
Let’s clean up the State of Florida before it’s too late!
Lately in the St. Petersburg Times The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi happened to crash not one but two press conferences, one with Rick Scott and the other with Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi. One of Rick Scott’s unpopular acts was to require anyone seeking welfare benefits to submit to drug testing. During both news conferences, Aasif Mandvi asked both Scott and Bondi to submit to a urine sample in the same manner as Florida’s welfare recipients.
I commented on that article as to how both Rick Scott and Pam Bondi are both destroying the State of Florida as we see it. Back in a previous blog entry on how Rick Scott deals with dissenters, here is a reminder of how Rick Scott is doing a major disservice to the people of this great state:
Rick Scott = Adolf Hitler
The Republican Party of Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce = the Nazi Party
Law enforcement commanded by Rick Scott to deal with and threaten dissenters with trumped-up criminal charges such as trespass (and trespassing after warning, too) = the Nazi SS Troops
And we need to add this to the list:
Pam Bondi = Nazi People’s Court Judge Roland Freisler
(After all, Roland Freisler was state secretary of the Reich Ministry of Justice and president of the Nazi People’s Court, set up to deal with people who said no to Hitler. People who voiced their opposition to Hitler’s rule, such as Sophie Scholl and the White Rose Movement, ended up paying the ultimate price.)
Now why is Pam Bondi trying to do to make life more miserable for us Floridians? First and foremost, right after she took office as Florida Attorney General she made it very hard for anyone convicted of a felony to seek a pardon, even after the prison time and/or probation was served, fines paid, court orders complied with, etc. After all, these people who were convicted felons wanted to put their past behind them and get on with their lives so that they can become productive members of society once more.
In short, Pam Bondi wants to make things a lot easier for Floridians – especially law abiding Floridians – to acquire a criminal record upon arrest (yet make it harder to get a pardon or even a criminal record seal/expungement for that matter). That would be simple enough – law enforcement can arrest a person on trumped up charges of trespassing after warning (using the recent arrests of members of the Occupy Movement in Tampa and Orlando as great examples) and find ways to upgrade the charges to felony charges.
Simple trespassing charges in Florida Statute 810.09 are misdemeanor charges. However, the law goes on to state that if you are even caught within a certain distance of a specified property (and I do not mean going onto the specified property itself), the misdemeanor trespassing charges become felony trespassing charges.
Even if the charges are later dropped by the State Attorney or if you are found not guilty in the courts, you still have an arrest record. You can go through the hoops with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to have your record sealed or expunged, but most people don’t do it due to the high cost among other things.
And one more thing: A St. Petersburg Times reader whose name is Fighting Irish replied to my comment. Although he disagreed with my comparison between Rick Scott and Adolf Hitler, still he agreed that Rick Scott is doing everything to destroy our great state.
I replied to Fighting Irish thus (the reply you see here is different than the reply I made at the St. Petersburg Times article, as comments and replies are limited to 1,000 characters but the content is basically the same):
Be glad we live in America and in a free country where we have freedom of speech and freedom of lawful expression. In Thailand, freedom of speech and freedom of lawful expression are less than half-existant; an American was recently arrested in Thailand for violations of their very strict lese majeste laws, which mean one can be arrested and jailed for criticizing the Thai Royal Family.
Just imagine for a moment if Florida was an independent nation and we had Thai style lese mejeste laws: Our jails and correctional facilities would be extremely overcrowded with people arrested and convicted of criticizing Rick Scott. Just be glad we don’t sing Phleng Chat – the National Anthem of Thailand – at a Tampa Bay Rays home game at Tropicana Field!
Just a reminder of what a way of life we Floridians have to endure under a governor that does not care about the people and now an attorney general that will not go after the real criminals: The people in Florida who are responsible for the real estate and mortgage crisis that sent property values downward and put millions of Floridians underwater on their mortgages. Just remember this blog entry the next time you pass by the Welcome to Florida sign at the Florida Welcome Center on Interstates 75 or 95 when you cross into our great state.