TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — Top Florida state Senator Blaise Ingoglia (R-Spring Hill) wants to cancel the Florida Democratic Party for its centuries-old pro-slavery platform.
On Monday, Ingoglia filed SB 1248, known by its catchier moniker: “The Ultimate Cancel Act”. Though it does not explicitly mention the Democratic Party, the proposal calls for the termination of any political party that once supported slavery, with its current members automatically becoming No Party Affiliation (NPA) voters effective July 1.
“For years now, Leftist activists have been trying to ‘cancel’ people and companies for things they have said or done in the past,” Ingoglia, a former Republican Party of Florida chairman, stated. “This includes the removal of statues and memorials, and the renaming of buildings.”
A DARK HERITAGE
The original Democratic Party splintered prior to the Civil War, with Southern Democrats standing firm upon their slavery platform. The party began a process to transform its values during Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt’s long tenure, leading up to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“The Ultimate Cancel Act” aims to do exactly what its name suggests: The Florida Democratic party would cease to be a party, Democratic voters’ registrations would change to Independent, and its officials no longer performing under the title “Democrat”. However, due to a current lack of companion bill in the Florida House, the legislation faces troubled waters in the 60-day law-making session beginning March 7.
“DRUNK WITH POWER”
Unsurprisingly, SB 1248 is receiving backlash for its drastic propositions. Former Florida Democratic State Representative Carlos Guillermo Smith took to Twitter, stating “Florida Republicans are so drunk with power, emboldened by Ron Desantis’ fascist tendencies.”
Ingoglia referenced the Democratic Party’s aptitude for past-action cancellation, citing their removal of confederate landmarks. He sees his bill as a vessel for combatting Leftist retribution, contending that if Democrats can cancel others for their history, it would be “hypocritical not to cancel the Democratic Party for the same reason.”
The official Florida House Democrats Twitter account expressed their outrage over Ingoglia’s bill, writing “Ridiculous. Extremist. Out of Touch. Violates 1st Amendment. We hope it gets referenced to the Senate Subcommittee on [trashcan emoji]”