Ron DeSantis enlists Dwight Eisenhower in his war against Dr. Fauci

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"Florida heeded Ike's admonition."

Warning against “Covid authoritarianism” in a speech Friday night to the Common Sense Society, Gov. Ron DeSantis invoked Dwight Eisenhower in his latest cautionary tale.

In his presidential farewell speech, Eisenhower warned of the military-industrial complex having an outsized role. The Governor wanted to highlight a secondary message, however.

“Think what we’ve seen the past couple of years, it brings back an old admonition that was made by President Eisenhower in his farewell address. Not about the military-industrial complex, which is what that speech is most famous for. But in that same speech, Eisenhower talked about how government was more involved with funding scientific research and how there was a danger that public policy could be hijacked by a scientific and technological elite.”

The Governor also spread his criticism to Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been a subject of right-wing criticism and even conspiracy theories during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“He warned against that. He said that the job of a statesman is not to allow policy to be hijacked by people like Anthony Fauci. The job of a statesmanship is to harmonize all the competing interests of society, all the things that make society function and weave them in to a coherent policy,” DeSantis said.

“Florida heeded Ike’s admonition,” the Governor continued. “We protected people’s freedoms. And we kept our society functioning. And the result is we are better for it.”

The Eisenhower speech does indeed address scientific research, with the former President claiming in 1961 that a “steadily increasing share is conducted for, by or at the direction of, the federal government.”

“The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite,” Eisenhower warned, before asserting the role of the statesman that DeSantis cited.

“It is the task of statesmanship to mold, to balance, and to integrate these and other forces, new and old, within the principles of our democratic system, ever aiming toward the supreme goals of our free society,” Eisenhower contended.

The Governor’s remarks were part of the right-of-center Common Sense Societys gala event Friday night at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach. The event included remarks from other conservative pundits, including Dr. Jordan B. Peterson and Common Sense Society Trustee Professor Niall Ferguson.

The group was originally founded in Hungary in 2009, and bills itself as “an international network that promotes liberty, prosperity, and beauty—aspirational ideas that are indispensable to human flourishing and happiness.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


50 comments

  • Tom

    January 29, 2022 at 8:29 am

    Amen Gov Ron, that is why you are America’s Governor. You have offered reasonable policy, unlike the tyrannical Governors in CA, N Y, N J, MI, MN, and Illinois.

    You ensured businesses would stay open, people would work, you led USA with schools were open for children education and personal growth, as you rewarded bonus financially first responders and teachers. You stand with the people, you led the country in seniors vaccines, you encouraged all ages to get the vaccine. When a new Covid variant confronted society, like a military officer you are, you set up 20 monoclonal centers to help save lives. And Unlike NY’s Gov, you did not look to profit financially with a book. You did not force seniors into nursing homes after Covid illness.

    You have expanded education scholarship opportunity to all Floridians. You stand with local business people. You help make a difference in all Floridians lives. Bless you and your family. Your standing tall allows all to live in a non tyrannical blue state. A state of freedom and liberty. America’s Governor demonstrates how to lead not dictate. Keep on keeping on!
    When you do right you are rewarded.

    • TooMuchBS

      February 3, 2022 at 6:42 am

      Who are you Lindsey Graham’s bastard Son? What a boot licker post.

    • Corpser9000

      February 3, 2022 at 5:15 pm

      I want to lick your asshole with a 3000 degree pitchfork sideways.

  • Rick

    January 29, 2022 at 9:33 am

    Gov. DeSantis needs to lift the veil on Florida’s actual Covid-19 data, which his administration has obfuscated and kept hidden for the past two years. Our Covid-19 death toll is about to surpass 65,000, the third highest in the nation. Let’s see some sunshine cast on the underlying data before accepting DeSantis’ self-serving nonesense about freedom from the scientific-technological elites.

    California 79,139
    Texas 78,624
    Florida 64,368

    • Janice Kirkwood

      January 29, 2022 at 10:07 am

      Rick, thank you for sharing your common sense on the latest Desantis rant!

      • Joe S,

        January 29, 2022 at 4:09 pm

        I agree Janice. Who knows how many Floridians needlessly died believing the misinformation and disregarding common sense advice to avoid COVID. DeSantis should be held accountable and so should his “surgeon general”.

    • Antonio

      February 1, 2022 at 9:36 am

      We are the third most populous state, being third in deaths falls in line. Are you also blaming deaths in California and New York on their Democratic governors?

      • Walpurgis

        February 8, 2022 at 4:04 pm

        Hi. Democrat governors have, from the outset of the pandemic, relied on policies of testing and the wearing of face covering to minimize the effect of the virus. Performance Artist Ron DeSantis has, in obeisance to the orange airhead, gone in the opposite direction. His unintentionally hilarious “tough guy” act is more important than human life, I guess.

    • NotFoolinMe

      February 3, 2022 at 6:45 am

      Let’s count the people that came to Florida to vacation and never made it back home. Those deaths are not counted as “Florida Covid Death”.

      Now with Stone putting DeSantis in his sites – get ready Ronny. Any and all dirt will now be exposed.

      It’s the kiss of stench everybody eventually gets when you side up with the Buffoon.

  • Steve fox

    January 29, 2022 at 10:15 am

    Can’t let the district of Columbia gain statehood because it will give evil democrats more votes in Congress. So what about Maine and Montana, states with less population than D.C. or the other seven mostly republican states with populations under one million. Keep 700000 people from representation because they are mostly democrats but Montana Alaska etc. Let those republican states be overrepresented. Peterson tell me why the only black people at this gala were the help. I guess that is what is called common sense.

    • Matthew Lusk

      January 31, 2022 at 8:38 am

      The Democrats are no friend of Blacks! They open borders so South American desperate can come take the help’s jobs. Hip Hop doesn’t motivate the help to find a higher paying job Though plenty cleaning jobs pay double the minimum wage. Black congressman Al Lawson Jr just stabs Blacks in the back with all the illegals.

    • Matthew Lusk

      January 31, 2022 at 8:39 am

      The Democrats are no friend of Blacks! They open borders so South American desperate can come take the help’s jobs. Hip Hop doesn’t motivate the help to find a higher paying job Though plenty cleaning jobs pay double the minimum wage. Black congressman Al Lawson Jr just stabs Blacks in the back with all the illegals.If you voted for Al
      Lawson, you ain’t Black!

      • Saywhat

        February 3, 2022 at 6:49 am

        JHC! What in the hell is a South American desperate??

  • Tom

    January 29, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Both of you are fundamentally corrupt! Steve and Rick, manchurians! No one is buying your hateful lies!
    DeSantis stands on the side of honest working class people. America’s Gov. So Rick under your calculation, Biden and Fauci have over a million combined in Covid related death.
    So for your Idiocy Steve, those references are states. The const calls for it. DC is not a state. It’s a military district. And no, they don’t get senators cause Dems way so. All
    You Manchurians are corrupt. Your right, he didn’t killSeniors like Cuomo and make $5million off Of Covid death.
    I suffer you gladly. I’m a legend on FP.
    DeSantis re elect in Nov and WH after.
    Your nightmare has arrived!

    • PoorTom

      February 3, 2022 at 6:51 am

      Tom ya gotta get help.

      Turn off Fox news – not one of those gasbags will help you through your malaise.

      Be a good Republican and help yourself. Don’t wait for DeSantis to draft another law that prevents people trying to be safe.

  • Janice kirkwood

    January 29, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Tom I can tell you have drank the “Trump Aid” which is known to have serious side effects hallucinations, and delusional thinking, oh and just look at your hero Ronnie you just can tell he has also!😷🤧🥴 Sorry

    • Tom

      January 29, 2022 at 8:04 pm

      Your an idiot Janice, I don’t have time for your ignorance. You are just a Manchurian with no brain. You guys cannot think independently. Any time you get a contrary opinion or fact you just cry Trump. You liberal Manchurians have no clue. Biden is abysmal, he’s negative 38% approval in Florida. He’s negative in 46 states, some are blue states. But you wouldn’t know that cause your liberal corrupt media wouldn’t show you that.
      How bout Fauci, Biden have had over a million Covid deaths, may they Rest In Peace. Go away.
      Spare me you used park bench.

      • Anti fascist

        January 31, 2022 at 7:00 am

        Tom, get a bran muffin, stat!
        It’ll help you feel better, promise.
        Also, get your head out of your posterior, trumpy and Desantis have already taken up spots there, no more room for your ignorant BS.

        • Tom

          January 31, 2022 at 11:15 am

          Contact me when you have something of substance to state, your personal Manchurian insults go no where and prove how disconnected from reality you and your nation are. Your ignorance is overwhelming. Get your finger out of your ass you ass wipe.

          Feel free to share contrary on Biden Fauci deaths, and the miserable polling by incompetence Biden/Harris abysmal. No hope, which reflects your inability to convey anything contrary. It’s open knowledge Biden, Nikki Fraud, Crispy have no chance vs America’s Gov. Biden has lost independents, Hispanics, working people, middle class etc. inflation 40 yr high you idiot. 2 million less barrels of oil imported and produced in America. America’s Gov, due for America what you have done for Florida. Gov Ron is liberals worse nightmare. Enjoy idiot.
          Big win Nov, WH after.

          • Anti Fa

            January 31, 2022 at 3:13 pm

            Tom, you’ve been a bad boy, haven’t you?
            You didn’t have that bran yet, I can tell.
            Really, it’ll help, as well as loosening up that tin foil hat. Maybe you wouldn’t whine like a little bitch so much.

        • Tom

          January 31, 2022 at 6:49 pm

          You are so ignorant you can’t even handle a topic of note. Like I says earlier you pud contact me when you have something to discuss. You are just trash.

      • Tom’s Mother

        January 31, 2022 at 4:16 pm

        Tom, will you stop spreading hate with you comments.

        • Tom's Abusive Stepfather

          January 31, 2022 at 4:30 pm

          Bwahahahaha, Tom’s mother.

          When is Tom moving out of your basement, anyway??

      • Somany Knuckleheads so little time

        February 3, 2022 at 6:56 am

        39% is a Fox poll. You are an independent thinker? You are the biggest boot licker this site has seen.

        No other loser left the white house with lower approval ratings than your own manlove target Donald J Trump. Now that Stone has DeSantis in his sites you will need to find another Man love.

      • Walpurgis

        February 8, 2022 at 4:09 pm

        Tom has more “feelings” than sense. Please give pity, or you’ll be called a Manchurian!

        • Tom

          February 8, 2022 at 7:44 pm

          Walpurgis really nice name. LMAO
          Don’t know what you mean except to say your ignorance is overwhelming, not unlike the other Dummycrats, it is a overwhelming amount with you Manchurians. My compliments.

          Hey knucklehead one, the. 39% is not Fox. You are an idiot though. It’s Harris polling, Dem poll firm. Biden’s 39% is abysmal in Florida and nationally. That busts you and your Manchurians Dems bubble.

  • Frankie M.

    January 30, 2022 at 6:50 am

    Leave it to Ronnie’s speechwriters to twist some obscure quote from a President most people wouldn’t know from Adam’s house cat to support his flawed logic. Good on ya Ronnie! Keep impressin them elites.

  • Charlotte Greenbarg

    January 30, 2022 at 7:42 am

    The far left trolls are frothing at the mouth because they know no one is buying what they’re selling.

    • Antonio

      February 1, 2022 at 9:41 am

      Kind of hard to be persuaded by insults and media assigned talking points…

    • Walpurgis

      February 8, 2022 at 4:12 pm

      You’ve been dumbed down and riled up. Keep expressing your unfocused rage, k?

      • Walpurgis

        February 8, 2022 at 4:19 pm

        The above was in reply to Charlotte Greenberg.

  • rass

    January 30, 2022 at 9:01 am

    Thanks for the laughs Tom! Your “america’s governor” cracks me up every time. I’m impressed that Rona didn’t show up to speak at a pool hall called “the Breakers”. At 5′ 9″ Rona would have to wear high heels to “stand tall.” It appears that Florida is 18th in Covid deaths at 300 per 100,000 residents. Mississippi is first at 362, Maine is 50th at 128. It’s a stretch to give Rona more than a grade of C on managing the pandemic. Also, early on, he did limit “freedoms” as evidenced by his executive orders which are published online. By the way, you might look up the definitions of “run on sentence” and “manchurian.” Thanks again for providing comic relief!

  • Tom

    January 30, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    Rass, hardly comic relief.
    You Manchurians live in the bubble so anything outside the liberal media narrative is foreign to you all. America’s Governor is the conservative leader along with demonstrating leadership in the GOP. As for you, your stats are upside down like Biden’s disapproval in 46 states. In Florida he’s negative 15, at 38% disapproval. So enjoy your comedy show. Gov. Ron is the real deal.
    He strikes fear In liberals and media every day.
    Enjoy rassy, assy.

    • Tom's Wife/Sister

      January 31, 2022 at 4:33 pm

      Tom, when you figure out how to reply to a comment, maybe you’ll be taken seriously.

      Never mind, I was just kidding. You’ll never be taken seriously, dummy.

      • Tom

        January 31, 2022 at 6:53 pm

        Thanks for proving my legendary status. Alex, peter h, rass, tas, kJ, Kk. kKK, all the rest. How’s it feel getting ass kicked every reply of mine.
        Dumb asses.

      • Tom

        January 31, 2022 at 7:18 pm

        Stop having sex with your dog you nameless degenerate. It’s against the law. Only cowards hide, but that’s you and your Manchurian party,
        They all hide. Getting your ass kicked along with your Manchurian nation members is mentally distressing. Hard to go up against a legend like me. You fail like Alex, Peter h, Frankie, so many others.

        • SisterSaddleBags

          February 3, 2022 at 6:59 am

          Oh Tom stop being a tool. So much nonsense. Turn off Fox news for 30 days and come back and report. We still have time to save you.

          • Tom

            February 3, 2022 at 8:49 pm

            You banging the dog or pig too.
            How many degenerate Manchurian party members can be such sick humans. What a disgusting party.
            Enjoy either one. Sick bastard.

    • Walpurgis

      February 8, 2022 at 4:17 pm

      Tom, you’ve been dumbed down and riled up. To an equal degree, or is one condition predominant ?

      • Tom

        February 9, 2022 at 8:53 am

        Wallurgis, sister saddle, and rass my ass. You all are the triple crown winners, so hard to do with all the other Dums Manchurians.

        You all make me the FP legend I am. No one has my following as I provide heartache to all of you incompetents like your boob President. 35% of Americans thinks he’s “competent” LMAO. How bout 39% Floridians approve of incompetent Joe.

        I suffer you incompetent Dums manchurians happily. Peter h, mental Alex, Frankie, nail, JD, so many others demonstrate extremist ignorant views. You all live in the liberal bubble and demonstrate your inability to deal with reality. LMAO.
        I am legend in FP. Read it and weep. But thanks.

  • Tom’s Locked Up InThe Basement Wife

    January 31, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    You’re a legend in your own feeble mind, all right.

    • Tom

      January 31, 2022 at 7:21 pm

      Thanks once again for proving it ignorant ass wipe. Degenerate nameless one , sex with animals is disgusting. Alex has a doc for you. LMAO.

      • Your Mama

        January 31, 2022 at 11:17 pm

        How it must suck to be you.

        • Tom

          February 1, 2022 at 1:25 pm

          Not when fake disgusting crap heads like you reply. My mothers been deceased for years. You degenerates are scum of the earth. Who you banging the neighbors pig? You and then rest of your Manchurian nation can’t hold a substantive topic cause your illiterate brain dead. Go back to the pig. All you Manchurians make me a legend! I suffer you all easily.

  • politics

    February 1, 2022 at 10:13 pm

    seriously a virus that suffocates you i guess freedom to kill yourself so do not complain about death overdoses and toxic foods.freedom to eat whatever.freedom of no building codes

  • Tom

    February 2, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Ignorant one.
    To many Manchurians, to many ignorants.
    call Caka Levine

  • Beth

    February 3, 2022 at 5:57 am

    DeSantis once again proves he is nothing but a useless bag of air.. . I am thankful for Dr. Fauci who has dedicated his life to improving the health of Americans. DeSantis is just like trump. All he can do is rant and rave. He has not done one thing to help the people of FL. He is in politics to line his own pockets. Floridians need to wake up and vote the anti science wanna be nazi out.

    • Tom

      February 3, 2022 at 6:52 pm

      Beth you ate what’s wrong with Dumnycrats.
      Fauci is a joke to science and society.
      DeSantis saved Florida.
      Biden is in big trouble in Florida, his numbers are abysmal. DeSantis is leading defeating Biden head to head. DeSantis is crushing Crisp & Fraud.
      You Beth and other Manchurians are clueless. America’s Gov wins bigly.

  • Corpser9000

    February 3, 2022 at 5:12 pm

    I want to violate your souls, terrorize your dreams, desecrate the sanctity of your domicile and cast you onto oblivion.

  • Dr. Bob

    February 5, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    𝐃𝐞𝐒𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐬 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐬 “𝐈𝐤𝐞” 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐫. 𝐉𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐬 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐤 𝐢𝐧 𝐇𝐢𝐬 𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐜𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐫. 𝐀𝐧𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐧𝐲 𝐅𝐚𝐮𝐜𝐢
    Did Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander in WWII and later USA President 1(952-1960) warn the country of the likes of Dr. Anthony Fauci? DeSantis said: “He [Ike] said that the job of a statesman is not to allow policy to be hijacked by people like Anthony Fauci.”
    Governor DeSantis, as he is prone to do, took “Ike’s” remarks out of context. Ike’s warning, “that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite,” was made in the context of the power and control, even by 1960 , that the military-industrial complex was exerting over public policy.
    Certainly, if his remarks were to be applied to medical, climate, etc. research, Ike would have warned us. Indeed, he had the opportunity with perhaps the best known member of the 1950’s USA medical science elite, Dr. Jonas Salk. Instead, he honored (1955) Dr. Jonas Salk for his efforts in the war against polio. Ike had nothing but praise. for Dr. Salk, even enlisting the power of the presidency to urge patriotic Americans, children and adults alike, to get their polio vaccinations.
    There are, as of 04 February, 2022 and at a reported minimum, 66,279 deaths in Florida attributed to Covid-19(w/variants). If Florida was an average state, that is had an average governor, using population adjusted statistics that figure would be approximately 12,000 deaths lower. Who knows how much lower that figure would have been if DeSantis had used the full powers of his office to get every Floridian eligible vaccinated, if he enforced rather than thwarted mask mandates, and if he supported, rather demonizing , Dr. Anthony Fauci? In short, Ike was leader. DeSantis insulted him,
    Floridians would have been much better off, many more Floridians would have escaped death, if, if only, Ron DeSantis acted like President Eisenhower rather than insulting him by misapplying his admonitions about the growing militarization of our country to the current Florida health crisis. The Ike that my parents knew, the Ike my family watched be nominated in 1952, if he was around today would have invoked memories the the war Ike had to fight in Arkansas to implement desegregation orders. Arkansas’ Governor Faubus had, in an act of sedition, ordered the National Guard out to stop the desegregation of Arkansas public schools. Ike sent the 101st Airborne paratroopers unit to control the insurrection. In short, Ike today would have opposed Ron’s plans to establish a Florida military not subject to Federal control, to Ron’s bantering about “Freedom First” and states’ rights and to establish a Florida Elections Police Force. A saying, as I remember it, comes to mind. Frustrated by Faubus, et al, Ike once uttered about unpatriotic Americans: “𝑮𝒓𝒂𝒃 ‘𝒆𝒎 𝒃𝒚 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒊𝒓𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒌𝒆 ‘𝒆𝒎 , 𝒔𝒉𝒂𝒌𝒆 ‘𝒆𝒎 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒅.. ” As a boy in puberty, that sure convinced me that Ike knew how to manage the most unpatriotic of Americans.
    (See Ike’s real feelings about Dr. Jonas Salk, and what he might have said about Dr. Anthony Fauci: https://www.eisenhowerlibrary.gov/…/onl…/salk/salk-c.pdf , https://www.eisenhowerlibrary.gov/…/onl…/salk/salk-h.pdf. A complete Eisenhower Library listing of relevant documents is listed here https://www.eisenhowerlibrary.gov/…/jonas-salk-and…)
    (A review of the Little Rock, Arkansas insurrection and the101st Airborne paratroopers unit being called in may be found here: https://www.history.com/…/little-rock-nine-brown-v… )

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