The Free State Of Freedonia

Thomas F Campenni
2 min readOct 15, 2023

Ron DeSantis in the role of President Rufus T. Firefly of Freedonia, (Groucho Marx originated the role in the 1933 film, “Duck Soup”) has declared a state of emergency in Florida because of the attack of Hamas against Israel.

By DeSantis doing so by executive order he wrote Floridians need help being evacuated from Israel and local agencies need assistance handling pro-Palestinian demonstrations. Rufus’…I mean Ron’s declaration states that these concerns “constitute a major disaster which warrants the National Guard and Firefly’s…I mean DeSantis’ Praetorian Guard also known as the State Guard being activated as needed to respond.

What is going on in Israel and Gaza is horrendous. Hamas’ actions have precipitated a war that has resulted in the deaths of Israeli and Palestinian civilians. Americans have also died in the conflict. This is serious and there is no room in this tragedy for political buffoonery.

Airlines have cancelled commercial flights out of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport. It is estimated that 20,000 Americans (Jews, Christians, and Moslems) are on the ground there and they want to come home. President Biden has announced that they will provide charter flights for all Americans who desire to return.

DeSantis in his quest to be the President of the United States thinks by sounding as if he is already president, his dream will come true. Far from it. He sounds a little desperate and grasping for relevancy as he falls further and further behind in the polls.

What happened to DeSantis? He started out as a good conservative governor. Once bit by presidential ambition he hasn’t distinguished himself in his current job much less does he seem to be ready for America’s top job. His post on X that he is sending help to the stranded Americans is a bit pathetic sounding instead of his intent to sound presidential.

DeSantis has been a strong supporter of Israel. Florida is home to many Jewish Americans (657,000). There are 300,000 Arab Americans in the state. Florida now has the fourth largest population after California, Michigan, and New York of Arab Americans.

Let us leave Rufus T. Firefly (now played by Ron DeSantis) in the capital of the Free State of Freedonia (Tallahassee, FL) to ponder his next adventure. Maybe next year Ron will star in a new production of “Horse Feathers”. He could play Groucho’s role of Professor Wagstaff and bring havoc to a college. Unfortunately, he already had that role when the production used New College as the backdrop.

Anything for a vote…” Ha cha cha cha cha.” We will save Jimmy Durante for another time. “Goodnight Mrs. Calabash. Wherever you are.”




Thomas F Campenni

Currently lives in Stuart Florida and former City Commissioner. His career has been as a commercial real estate owner, broker and manger in New York City.