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Lord, we thank you for leadership that loves you! We pray that more U.S. leaders would encounter your radical love and know the power of who you are. We pray that you cover DeSantis and protect him from any schemes of the enemy.

Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was repeatedly met with standing ovation over the weekend as he spoke to the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference.

DeSantis’ speech comes after a new straw poll from a top conservative summit over the weekend found that DeSantis has overtaken former President Donald Trump as the person that conservatives desire to be the next president.

DeSantis, who spoke for half an hour at the event, highlighted his record as the state’s governor and what his goals are moving forward.

Highlights from DeSantis’ speech include:

  • “And for me, my ability to serve as governor and the opportunity, wasn’t an opportunity to be somebody. I didn’t need another title. It was an opportunity to do great things on behalf of the state. I was not going to settle for merely being the controlled opposition to leftism. Instead, we were going to fight big battles and we were going to win and we have practiced that.”
  • “My first year as governor, I signed into law, the largest expansion of school choice anywhere in the country. I signed a ban on sanctuary cities. And through my appointments, I was able to shape the Supreme Court of Florida from being one of the most liberal courts in the nation to being one of the most conservative.”
  • “I can tell you if Florida had not done what we did [with the pandemic], many other states would not have followed, and we could still be in lockdown in this country right now. … So ultimately, Florida chose freedom over Fauci-ism and we are better off for it.”

  • “But, you know, as important as the COVID was all of last year and into this year, one of the major events we had to deal with last summer, were roits all across the United States. And I made a decision, as soon as I saw that, that would not happen in Florida. We were not going to let our cities burn down. We called up the national guard and immediately, we worked with local law enforcement. We were ready. And as a result, we didn’t see the type of devastation that you saw in many of these other cities. … I also proposed that our legislature pass and I signed a few months ago, the strongest anti-rioting, pro-law enforcement legislation in the country, which basically says in Florida, we are not going to let any local government defund the police. We’re also going to make sure that people who engage in mob violence are held accountable. I’m sick of seeing things like in Portland, they riot, they get arrested, they have their mugshot taken, they slap them on the wrist and they put them right back on the street to do the same thing all over again. In Florida, if you engage in mob violence, you’re going to jail, and you’re going to stay in jail.”
  • “The rule of law is also being challenged by feckless policies of the Biden Harris administration at our Southern border. We had under president Donald Trump, we had a series of policies that worked, those policies upheld the sovereignty of our country. They made sure that our asylum system was not being abused. And everybody saw the results of that. When Joe Biden took office, he reversed those policies, not because there was a legitimate basis to do so in fact. It was because he needed to show that he didn’t like Trump and that he wasn’t going to be like Trump. Well, the result has been a disaster on the Southern border: human trafficking, crime, and drugs pouring into our country. And it’s gotten so bad and the Biden administration has been so reckless that states are now stepping up to secure the border, particularly in Texas and in Arizona and those governors and those states called on all the other governors and all the other states for support in this vital mission. And I’m proud to say Florida was the first state to answer the call. We are gonna’ help secure the border. We don’t want these drugs coming into our country. And we need to act because I can tell you, these cartels are eating Joe Biden’s lunch. And so I’m thankful that the governors are stepping up. What does it say about an administration when the states have to step up and do the jobs that the federal government is supposed to be doing? But nevertheless, this is where we are. And so we’ll do what we can to be helpful.”
  • [On woke corporations]: “I said, look if you are in one of these corporations, if you’re a woke CEO, you want to get involved in our legislative business. Look, it’s a free country. You know, you want to get in there and slam us or smear me or my legislature or Floridians, it’s a free country, but understand, if you do that, I’m fighting back against you and I’m gonna’ make sure that people understand your business practices and then we’re going talk about what you’re doing and we’ve been very clear about that. We are not going let our state be run by woke corporations. So we passed the bill. I signed the bill. The left had a spasm. The media had a spasm. The businesses didn’t say anything. They didn’t say anything because I think what they do is they think when the left comes after you, the path of least resistance and the way to avoid conflict is just to cave to them and genuflect to whatever they’re asking, even though it’s not based in fact, I think we basically said, ‘actually, you know, if you go down that road, you’re guaranteeing conflict because we will fight back and we will make sure that we’re defending our people, we’re going to defend our legislature, we’re not going to take this lying down.’”
  • [On corporations having too much power] “Now there’s problems with that. One, I’m not sure that’s the best for the economy, but two, if corporations are going to be in charge of all these things in our daily lives, I think it’s a problem for conservatives that they don’t share our values, but here’s the thing. As conservatives, we have to advance public policy that elevates the freedom of the individual over the freedom of the corporation. And that’s what this fight is about. Do we want individuals to be able to speak? Do we want to support that freedom or do we want to support the freedom of massive monopolies to censor views they don’t like? I know which side I stand on. I’m for the average American and the average Floridian who’s trying to fight back against big tech and make their voice heard.”
  • “But speaking of not sharing our values, if you look at what’s going on in our country, I don’t think you could discuss the ills of what we see going on without identifying one of the main reasons for that. A very partisan, corrupt, corporate, media, and many of them are based in New York City. They do not tell the truth routinely to the American people. Instead they manufacturer partisan narratives regardless of the facts. And their duty seems to really be trying to gaslight people into believing their narratives rather than to inform them of things that are actually going on.”
  • “One of the ways I think we can create a better foundation going forward and hopefully produce people that are understanding some of these narratives are for what they are, is we need a renewal of American civics back in our public school system and in our schools. People need to be taught why America was founded, what the principles that made our country unique were, they need to be taught that our rights do not come from government. They come from God. So they need to be taught what makes the country unique. They need to be taught American history, it needs to be factual, needs to be honest, need to talk about of course, many great achievements, many, many great lows, many triumphs, many tragedies, but that needs to be done honestly. And it cannot be infected with ideologies like Critical Race Theory.”
  • [On fighting back against the political left] “It ain’t going to be easy. You got to be strong. You got to put on the full armor of God. You got to take a stand, take a stand against the left’s schemes, you got to stand your ground, you got to be firm, you will face flaming arrows, but take up the shield of faith and fight on. So I look forward to joining with you in the battles to come. I can tell you that in the state of Florida, I’ll be holding the line, I’ll be standing my ground, I won’t back down, and I have only begun to fight. Thank you, God bless you, thank you so much.” . . .

What do you think of DeSantis’ speech? Let us know your thoughts and prayers in the comments below!

(Excerpt from The DailyWire. Article written by Daily Wire News. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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  1. I think it is magnificent!!! I love my Governor and we all must keep him in prayer for the protection, wisdom, direction and discernment of the Holy Spitir!! I hope many, many leaders who love this country will follow suit and stand up for America and our Constitution. Yes, there has been strife and horror in our past, but America is still the best place in the world! She is exceptional, there is nothing like freedom, which we must never take for granted and many are working so hard to protect our people. We must be out of many, ONE. We cannot survive if we are out of many, many. May the Lord bring us together. Love, respect, working together to better our nation. We cannot pit one against another. Lord, protect America!! Raise up leaders like Gov. DeSantis who are sold out to you and want to do the BEST for this land they love. After Jan. 6, my sights for some hope have been placed on Gov. DeSantis and Sen. Tim Scott. Think about a dream-team that would be. Pray daily for unity in the Republican Party and especially among God’s people. God bless each of you and grant you His peace, discernment and grace.

    Amen! 6
  2. I Thank God for the stand Governor DeSantis is taking against the left. I pray that the Governor of my state would do the same and stand with the people of his state, but as of now he has chosen to do what the left tell him to do. Please pray for him his name is John Bell Edwards.

    Amen! 20
  3. I look at Gov. DeSantis and how he is a great model and example of what a governor / leader should be. If I place another lefty governor next to him (like Newsom or Walz), it’s like staring at day and night side by side. The difference between courage and cowardice. DeSantis is the type of example we should be using as to how / what a leader should be doing – especially when we instruct those in PolSci education.
    I hope and pray young people across the nation who desire to be in a servant / leadership role take their cues and lessons from Gov. DeSantis. And I most certainly pray that God Almighty will raise up more leaders like him.

    Amen! 61
  4. I pray that Ron DeSantis will be Trump’s choice for VP when ’45’ returns to the White House; hopefully way before the 2024 Election. With what our legitimate President has had to endure since 2015, unrelenting attacks on him and his family, it would be only fair if he were able to return immediately- complete the current 2nd term- and be able to continue for a 3rd complete term. May GOD’s Holy Will be done for America and the nations, in Jesus’ Name, AMEN! Our Hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ, and HIS Righteousness!

    Amen! 36
  5. thank God for courageous leaders like Governor DeSantis .. a comment from president Coolidge ..President Calvin Coolidge warned in a speech at the College of William and Mary, MAY 15, 1926:

    “There is another … recent development … the greatly disproportionate influence of organized minorities …
    Artificial propaganda, paid agitators, selfish interests, all impinge upon members of legislative bodies to force them to represent special elements rather than the great body of their constituency….The states should not be induced by coercion or by favor to surrender the management of their own affairs.

    Amen! 48
  6. Such a fabulous speech from Governor DeSantis! He is a great man and someone to follow! The state of Florida is blessed beyond measure to have him as Governor. The people there are happy, and busy, and more people are going there because of his leadership.
    Thank you Lord for Governor DeSantis!!
    I pray that the people there appreciate him!

    Amen! 57
  7. His comment about where our rights come from, “from God”, is what would lead me to support his run for the presidency. However, I would pray continuously that he would consistently call on our Lord to lead him in governing this country.

    Amen! 49
  8. Praises to our GOD for those He has chosen to stand for Truth and against what is trying to redefine what GOD designed for the United States that was instituted by the Constitution which was given by GOD. Thank YOU LORD

    Amen! 58
  9. I love Governor DeSantis’s great leadership in our wonderful state of Florida. I want to keep him as our governor during these difficult times and would support him in higher levels of leadership in the future. However we need to allow President Trump to finish the job at hand now that Almighty God put him on earth to accomplish. I believe if we do that we will have a bright new Republic of the United States of America.
    I pray for President Trump and Governor DeSantis that God will complete His Plan Through the both of them. God Bless America. 🙏🇺🇸

    Amen! 62
  10. I pray for Gov DeSantis the blessings of God – grace, strength, wisdom, discernment, and Holy Spirit unction. I pray he abide always in the Shadow of the Almighty. And I pray for armor bearers, those around him now and those God is bringing. God bless Gov DeSantis!
    I agree at this time that I’d support him in a presidential run. I’m grateful to Pres Trump for his courage and stand. He inspired a nation. One of his best moves was his support DeSantis for Governor. I pray he’ll see his legacy of courage in DeSantis and support him as well.

    Amen! 61
  11. Lord God, Thank You for raising up Governor DeSantis and others like him. Please work in the hearts of this nation to embrace what is good and righteous and discard what is evil. Help us to stand for Truth and share the love of Christ. Remind us that You bring change one heart at a time. Return us to Yourself. Bring repentance to ourselves, our families and our nation. Romans 12:21, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” We pray in Jesus Name.

    Amen! 60
  12. This is wonderful, thank you Gov. DeSantis for speaking out, without reservation. This is my prayer… all of you “hidden” warriors come out, speak out, act out for the Lord our God. Our Abba Father has been greatly increasing our numbers, we are arrows in His quiver. We are from God and we will overcome because greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. Thank you Jesus for making all of this possible. Amen

    Amen! 75
  13. Father God, thank you for the fearless heart that you have given to Governor Desantis. I pray for a mighty outpouring of Your Spirit upon him and his family. I ask that he would be encouraged and empowered to stay in the fight and never back down or give in to the fear of man. I ask that you guard and keep him from the enemies attacks and fulfill your kingdom purposes in and through him. I pray that every Governor across the United States will follow his example of courage and boldness to do what is right and good for the people of their state and fight for the God given freedoms of this great country!
    “Righteousness exalts a nation and sin is a reproach to any people.” Proverbs 14:34
    “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan.” Proverbs 29:2
    We have seen the destructiveness of wicked rulership and it truly does cause the heart to groan. Tear down the wicked rulers and raise up more righteous leaders Lord.
    You Lord have anointed Governor Desantis for such a time as this! For righteous rule! Thank you! We bless and praise Your name and we bless Governor Desantis in the mighty Name of Jesus.

    Amen! 101
  14. Way to go Governor DeSantis!

    Thank you Lord for DeSantis!

    Thank you Lord for Godly leaders.

    Please protect the believers in local, state and federal government.

    Raise up new believers who will boldly proclaim the name of Jesus in the public sector and protect our freedoms.

    Help us as prayer warriors to be united in our prayers, to be faithful in our devotion to You Lord and aware of the urgent need for You in our nation.


    Amen! 99
  15. How refreshing to see and hear a man of God who stands and leads with boldness and suits up every day in Righteousness 🙌🙌🙌Father, we thank You and praise You for raising up Gov. Desantis to be Your leader for the people of his state and a model to every other Governor in our nation to seek the good of the people. Liberty is by Your design Father, before the foundations of the earth You forged a way for a not yet conceived humanity to escape the chains of corruption and captivity to our own destructive path by giving us Your very own Son. He has made a way where there was no way. All these centuries later we still struggle against flesh and blood instead of taking up Your full armor. Awaken Your people, give them eyes to see Your battle plan and ears to hear Your call on our lives. Your Word tells us we win this battle, Not by might nor by power but by Your Spirit. Raise up intercessors that will hold up the arms of Godly leadership like Gov. Desantis so they do not become battle weary. They are our modern day Moses’ who are leading the captives to freedom. Thank You that You have promised never to leave or forsake us. We stand convinced that You have and continue to raise a remnant in this country that will hold the line for righteousness sake. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD. 🙏🙏🙏

    Amen! 97
  16. Lord Jesus, may your protection be upon this godly man, Governor DeSantis! And upon his family, as well. May he continue to walk in a manner worthy of You, pleasing in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work as he increases in the knowledge of You.
    Amen and amen.

    Amen! 94
  17. God has raised up Governor Desantis for such a time as this.
    We Christians, need to be praying for our city, state, and Federal government.
    Asking God to crush His enemies underneath His feet.
    Satan hates ALL people and wants to destroy God’s world, because he hates God.
    I will be praying for Governor Desantis.He is a man of God.
    May God bless him, give him His wisdom, knowledge, Mercy and Grace to do God’s will, to glorify God. Amen

    Amen! 84
  18. 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽I applaud Governor DeSantis speech to declare he’s standing strong for his state & also for justice & righteousness to prevail throughout this country. I pray the hands of God protect & keep him as he continues to stand firm & push back against the spirits of darkness, deception & confusion that have blanketed this nation. Thanks be to God for the leaders on the frontline who are not afraid to represent the Christ on the inside. Fortify & strengthen NOW in Jesus Name Amen.

    Amen! 107

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