The nature of what America is and what it will be is currently on trial – each and every day. That trial is being held in every state – in our schools, in our small businesses, and in our legislative chambers. It is conducted on social media, in the news, and in our courts. At stake are two fundamentally opposed ways of life – one in which economic reality, the rule of law, and the separation of powers matter and one in which mob rule and economic and cultural Leftism dictate the conduct of every second of our lives.
Florida has, over the past 25 years, proven that concentrating on limiting the footprint of government, fiscal conservatism, and ceaseless pushback against Leftism results in economic prosperity and growth unlike anything ever seen.
During that time, millions of people have migrated from states like Illinois, New York, and California to Florida. They’ve brought with them more than $225 billion in annual income. And they’ve solidified Florida as a conservative policy state.
Those economic refugees have made Florida the third most populous state, and they have also made the Sunshine State more conservative – a once 250,000 Democratic voter registration advantage (in 2008) is now a 275,000 Republican advantage. As the state has become more diverse, it has become more conservative.
This has profound implications for the other 49 states, especially those that have the potential for conservative policy wins. While a state like California may be a generation away from abandoning failure, the same cannot be said for Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. We see before us a once-in-a-century opportunity, in collaboration with on-the-ground partners around the country, to provide replicable policies and programs to other states toward the goal of freedom and prosperity nationwide.