Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis can’t fight the culture war by himself. The latest gossip that he may be working out a compromise with the cruise industry over his vaccine passport ban indicates that, while essential, conservative legislation isn’t enough to protect American liberties and values; it must also be allied with a strong defense on the cultural front.
After DeSantis signed legislation barring companies from requiring COVID-19 “vaccine passports,” some in the cruise industry complained the ban would force them to contradict guidance from the federal Center for Disease Control. The current CDC regulations recommend that 95 percent of cruise passengers be vaccinated. Frank Del Rio, the CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has threatened to move Norwegian’s ships out of Florida, despite Florida ports accounting for around 60 percent of American cruise ship departures.
DeSantis is spearheading a lawsuit against the CDC over its regulations, which was filed in April and is in mediation this week. “We’re [suing