House subcommittee OKs ‘Victims of Communism Day’ bill

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'We remember history so that we will never repeat its darkest chapters.'

Students in Florida could soon observe a “Victims of Communism Day” under a measure OK’d Thursday by a House subcommittee.

Under the proposal (HB 395), government and public schools would begin observing “Victims of Communism Day” on Nov. 7, 2023.

The measure would require public school students to receive 45 minutes of instruction on communist leaders and the suffering of victims under their rule.

Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution, Joseph Stalin and the Soviet System, Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution, Vladimir Lenin and the Russian Revolution, are among the leaders and topics listed in the measure.

The House Secondary Education and Career Development Subcommittee unanimously passed the proposal. Republican Rep. David Borrero of Sweetwater is the bill sponsor.

Students, he said, should learn the “true history” of communism.

“Communism fails every single time, and that’s what students need to learn and understand,” Borrero told lawmakers.

The bill and its Senate companion (SB 268) — sponsored by Republican Sen. Manny Diaz Jr. of Hialeah Gardens — don’t require additional funding.

Throughout the committee process, lawmakers on both sides shared stories of the horrors experienced under communism — either by themselves or loved ones.

“We need to understand our struggles,” said Democratic Rep. Marie Woodson of Hollywood. “We need to understand our past. We need to take time to understand each other to learn about our history.”

The bills filed by Diaz and Borrero are identical to ones Borrero and Republican Sen. Ana Maria Rodriguez of Miami filed last Session. While Borrero’s bill passed in the House, both died before reaching DeSantis’ desk.

According to the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, legislation for a “Victims of Communism Day” has passed in Alabama, Utah and Virginia. Other states are moving to do the same, the group says.

Borrero presented the bill alongside Republican Rep. Alex Rizo of Hialeah. In his closing, he argued schools should teach communism as more than an “economic theory.”

“We remember history so that we will never repeat its darkest chapters,” Rizo said.

Jason Delgado

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12 comments

  • PeterH

    January 13, 2022 at 3:28 pm

    For a balanced approach educators will be free to include lessons in “Victims of Trump Attempted Coup Day” and “1,400 elected members of Congress who owned black slaves day”

    Let’s keep our children informed in a balanced manner.

    Reply

  • tom palmer

    January 13, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    How about victims or right-wing governments in Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Uruguay, Argentina, etc. etc. etc. that were supported by U.S. tax dollars.?

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    • Lacan Thesenuts

      January 14, 2022 at 8:59 pm

      INDEED.

      NATO and color revolutions, Operation Gladio, Operation Cyclone, Operation Condor, Iran installing the Shah in ’53, Guatemala in ’54, Sukarno in Indonesia, Lumumba in the Congo, the first 9/11 in 1973 in Chile ousting democratically elected Allende to install Pinochet’s military dictatorship as mentioned (using a literal nazi we protected in the ratlines to south america Paul Schafer, also a huge pedophile because of course he was), Operation Mongoose/Northwoods and the absurd/criminal embargo of Cuba (you’d think they could lift the embargo, what with “communism always failing” and whatnot…), etc. but that’s just capitalism “working” of course, no reason to learn that insane grotesque history of how our tax dollars created a global corporate empire akin to the optimates of Rome…

      William Casey, CIA director under Reagan ie demonic arcon, comes to mind…
      “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.”

      Reply

  • Will Strong

    January 13, 2022 at 5:10 pm

    Likely naive, stupid question/thought process/question.

    1. what is the “split” statewide between active Dems/Rep in FL?
    – could it be close to the 50/50 vote outcome for governor in 2018?
    2. What is the split of FL legislator between dem/rep in FL?
    – does gerrymandering contribute to this discrepancy?
    3. Do the people of the state have any rights, when it comes to such actions of legislator as:
    – “Communism Day”
    – Abortion restrictions that include rape/incest
    – restrictive voting rights
    – Stand your ground
    ?

    Are there any statewide organizations, founded on common sense, not Daily Kos or Daily Caller, that are working to let the voice of the MAJORITY of voting constituents, not representatives, be the final word on such issues.

    Reply

  • Concern Citizen

    January 13, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    What about having a day for CRT and explain what it is?

    Reply

    • PeterH

      January 13, 2022 at 7:17 pm

      Today’s Republicans don’t want Americans to understand Critical Race Theory. It’s a divisive campaign slogan …. they could care the meaning or origin.

      Reply

  • Colt Seavers

    January 14, 2022 at 6:55 am

    This is push back for the left going too far stuff like this along with the mid term leftist politician beat down are to be expected every time the left goes too far. Like that basic physics rule “for every action there is an equal reaction”.
    Leftists prepare to get your clock cleaned in the mid terms and beyond.

    Reply

    • Alex

      January 14, 2022 at 7:49 pm

      America will vote against the party of seditious conspiracy, aka treason.

      Reply

    • Lacan Thesenuts

      January 14, 2022 at 8:50 pm

      Appreciate that, clock was covered in soot, made it impossible to find the time to clean it, quite the clock-22, if you will.

      But seriously, are you under the impression the democrats are in any way, shape, or form “left”? Because uh…no…and on that note, if you liked newton’s 3rd law, you’ll love this thing dialectics, very helpful, tremendous, a lot of people are saying this.

      Reply

  • Theodore Cruz, Orange River Cruz'n Canoe Rentals, Jacksonville, FL

    January 14, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    How about “Victims of Social Security Day.” Make it any day around the end of the month. Any month. There is no denying it — no denying it I tell you — Social Security is pure Socialism and will one day soon, probably next month, end of the month or so, lead us into temptation, a.k.a. full-tilt Communism.. You don’t see our heroic American millionaires relying on SS, do you? Heck no.
    Stop by when you’re in Jax, Florida, we’ve got the canoe for you!

    Reply

  • TJC

    January 14, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    How about a “Florida Victims of Covid-19 Day.” Make it any day of the year, or better yet, every day. Good job, Florida Republican leaders, of making us Number One in death and suffering and Number One in No Problem Fantasy Land.

    Reply

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