On Jan. 10th, 2019, during the 1st week of the legislative session, four Republicans on the Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee voted 'yes' to mandating more vaccines for our children.
As such, their vote said 'yes' to further government intrusion in our lives, was dismissive of every parent’s right to make medical decisions for their children, sided with big government leftists, ignored the principles of the Republican party and betrayed Idaho conservatives statewide.
Government exists to serve the people, not lord over us.
A political party’s platform exists largely to spell out a set of principles, goals and strategies designed to address pressing political issues.
Idaho’s elected Republican Representatives are beholden to the Idaho Republican Party Platform, the 2019 preamble of which states: “We believe that our Founding Fathers gave us a government that is a servant of the people, not our master. The proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions, which individuals or private organizations cannot perform.”
The platform further specifies “… the primary responsibility for the health and welfare of our citizens resides with the individual and their families… (Republicans) support as supreme the authority of parents in all medical decisions for their children...”
And so, the Republicans involved in the vote on Jan. 10th had no right to vote into law medical mandates, which obligates parents and our children.
If your registration as or vote for Republicans in the last election means anything, and you find this vote to be flatly unacceptable, as I do, please contact the representatives involved and respectfully but specifically tell them so. Their names and published telephone numbers are:
Representative Fred Wood (committee chair) 208-332-1074, 208-312-1056; Representative Laurie Lickley, 208-332-1024, 208-420-7975; Representative Marc Gibbs, 208-425-3385; Representative Jarom Wagoner, 208-761-2914, 208-332-1052.