Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis is proposing to reinstate a 200-person “state guard” that will fall under the control of the governor’s office and not the federal government. 

The proposal has inflamed the governor’s liberal critics. They have gone overboard to accuse him of “creating a secret police” as well as being “extremely dangerous for the future of the United States.” 

According to DeSantis’s proposal, $3.5 million from the state’s military budget will be reallocated to the state guard unit. The funds will be utilized to “enable civilians to be trained in the best emergency response techniques” to assist in the “event of a hurricane, natural disasters, and other state emergencies.”

DeSantis’s proposal is part of his military budget which includes funds for establishing three new armories, a new National Guard Headquarters, and for supporting servicemembers who are working toward college degrees.