(TargetLiberty.org) – Florida could soon have its own military force, completely independent of the federal government, after the state’s governor proposed reactivating the WWII-era State Guard.
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On December 2, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) put forward a $100-million budget proposal for the Florida National Guard. Included in that budget was $3.5 million to reactivate the Florida State Guard, which previously existed from 1941 until 1947.
In October 1940, the 1916 National Defense Act was amended to allow states to maintain defense forces “other than the National Guard.” With it looking more likely the Florida National Guard would be federalized in early 1941 to support the spreading world war, the Sunshine State created the Florida Defense Force, later renaming it the Florida State Guard (FSG). Throughout the war, the FSG grew to around 2,100 members, organized into 36 units and an Air Squadron.
Now DeSantis wants to reform the FSG with an initial strength of 200. The move comes as the federal government is increasingly interfering with the National Guard. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin recently warned Guardsmen who refuse the COVID vaccine will be barred from training. DeSantis wants a civil defense force that can support the Florida National Guard in response to natural disasters or civil unrest – and he wants it to be fully under state control.
Predictably, the Left is outraged; Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) called the proposal a “handpicked secret police” while State Senator Annette Taddeo (D) called it a “vigilante militia.” The reality is that 22 states (including ultra-liberal California) and Puerto Rico already have their own forces – so why shouldn’t Florida?
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