Two Florida Bills: Enforce National Anthem and Stop W.O.K.E. Act

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Florida introduces a bill that requires playing the national anthem, DeSantis introduces Stop W.O.K.E. Act, G.O.P. lawmakers move to block Biden from making $450K payments to illegals, China-Russia makes pact against West.

Florida will require playing of national anthem before home games for pro teams

This week, a new bill has been introduced in Florida that would require professional sports teams to play the national anthem before home games if the teams want to receive government funding. State Republican Rep. Tommy Gregory introduced the bill following a similar one in Texas that arose after the Dallas Mavericks of the N.B.A. temporarily stop playing the anthem before games, the Daily Wire reported.

“I certainly want to make sure that sort of negative activism is avoided, prohibited actually, if they want to do business with the government, and most of them do,” Gregory told the Herald-Tribune on Wednesday.

Ron DeSantis introduces Stop W.O.K.E. Act to stop cultural Marxism

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) introduced the ‘Stop W.O.K.E. Act’ on Wednesday aimed at giving “parents a private right of action to be able to enforce the prohibition on C.R.T. and they get to recover attorneys’ fees,” the Daily Wire reported.

“Today, we are going to be introducing to the public, and we have legislators who are going to help us with this, a new piece of legislation for the upcoming legislative session, called, ‘Stop Wrongs Against Our Kids and Employees Act,’ the Stop W.O.K.E. Act,'” DeSantis announced. “And this will do a number of things that are very important: One: It will put into statute the (Florida) Department of Education’s prohibition on C.R.T. in K through 12 schools. No taxpayer dollars should be used to teach our kids to hate our country or to hate each other.”

“I think what you see now with the rise of this woke ideology is an attempt to really delegitimize our history and to delegitimize our institutions,” DeSantis continued. “I view the wokeness as a form of cultural Marxism.”

“They really want to tear at the fabric of our society and our culture and things that we’ve taken for granted, like the ability of parents to direct the upbringing of their kids,” DeSantis added. “They want to delegitimize the founding of the country and the institutions, and they basically want to replace it with a very militant form of leftism that would absolutely destroy this country if that ever took hold.”

G.O.P. lawmakers move to block Biden from making $450,000 payments to illegals

A group of Republican lawmakers made a move in an attempt to block President Joe Biden’s administration from shelling out $450,000 in taxpayer money to illegal immigrant families who were separated at the border under former President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policies, the Daily Wire reported.

 Biden said reports that illegals would be paid such a large amount were “garbage.” Still, a day later, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president was “perfectly comfortable” with giving payouts to separated families. He did not specify an amount.

Xi backs Putin in partnership against U.S., West, NATO on Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping cemented a partnership on Wednesday to stand firm and defend each other’s interests against the United States and the West. They are insisting that NATO guarantee it will not expand into Ukraine nor place troops and weapons in the country, Reuters and the New York Post reported. The pair agreed on a videoconference but planned to meet at the Beijing Winter Olympics in February.