The Tallahassee area, has a long and rich tradition of political appeasement. Take for instance the early Seminole Indians themselves; of all the tribes in Florida who fought and died to resist DeSoto’s bloody invasion (most successfully the Acuera of Central Florida), it was the Seminoles’ Creek predecessors in the area who ultimately capitulated to his brutal troop. From there on, the Creek (now Spanish-infused Seminoles) helped the Spanish to settle in, expand, kill everyone else and rule the region. Which is why you’ve probably never heard of any native Floridian tribe aside from the Seminoles, and why almost every river in the state has a Seminole name.
Fresh off of working on TeaLord Rick Scott’s failing campaign for governor against Charlie Crist, one Republican Florida Senator is about to give the New Seminoles a lesson in the kind of foreign religious-political appeasement that made their namesake great. Yes, Florida Senator John Thrasher was just named Florida State University’s next president after its current president steps down.
Thrasher, himself a bachelors alumni of FSU, already has a building on campus named after him. He’s also regularly described as the “most powerful Republican in Florida,” and heavily linked to both ALEC and the Kochs.
So, how did this guy get selected as the next president of FSU? Particularly when in the past, all presidents have been required to have at least a Ph.D?
Well, funny story.
Turns out FSU gets a big chunk of its funding and economics program grant money from…Charles Koch. And that’s no secret on campus. Says the FSU Progress Coalition:
“The corporate/political influence on Bense’s [Presidential Search Advisory Committee] is blatant and unapologetic.”
In fact, of PSAC’s 27 members, fully two thirds are “corporate and political appointees,” Florida Republicans with loose ties to the University, selected and installed by none other than Tea Party leader Governor Rick Scott. So the corruption (or appeasement, if you will) runs pretty deep in the Seminole camp. And they’re not even trying to hide it.
But, hey…let’s give the bachelor-degree-holder the benefit of the doubt, here. Maybe he’s a lot smarter and better qualified than his lack of academic credentials would indicate. Maybe this isn’t JUST an appointment bought by the GOP and its billionaire corporate backers. Could be, he’s the best man for the job.
John Thrasher does not believe in evolution.
Oh, come ON!!!
Yes, at a faculty forum designed to vet the several Presidential candidates (of whom Thrasher is the default), he was asked by Law Professor Mark Seidenfeld whether or not he believed in evolution. His political-dodgeball answer:
“I have a great faith in my life that has guided me in my life in a lot of things I believe in.”
“No, I believe that 6,000 years ago a snake talked to a naked lady, and then a guy lived in a whale.”
That answer elicited a few snickers from the attendees. The first one, not the translation. Though that would have been great, too. Thrasher’s answer when asked whether or not he believed climate change was real was even greater. His response:
Actually, he gave a complete dodge and refused to answer the simple question. And bear in mind, this question wasn’t even about human-caused climate change…it was only regarding whether or not climate change was happening.
(This is where we mentioned that FSU is considered a Type I Research University. With scientists and things.)
At this point, at least two professors in the front row started laughing, along with assorted chuckles from around the room. Thrasher threatened to leave, saying he “would not be heckled.”
Now, there is a ray of hope here. As you might have gathered from the above forum discussion, Thrasher isn’t the only president under consideration. He was named and endorsed by the current president, and installed as Rick Scott’s tool. BUT…the Board of Governors won’t meet until after November 4th to ratify Thrasher’s appointment — meaning that they’re waiting for Charlie Crist to get elected before they show Koch Scott’s guy out the door. If and when that happens, you can expect this corporate Thrasher shark to land somewhere south of the Gulf.
But, as of right now…the business of appeasing rich, powerful invading Christian overlords at the expense of the native population continues on panhandle Seminole land.
This native of Acuera suggests that the Northern Tribe re-focus a bit to history…at least, at some point before the Oklawaha ends up re-named “The Koch Industries River.”