Lawmakers fail to protect Idahoans from forced vaccinations

Lawmakers fail to protect Idahoans from forced vaccinations

Dustin Hurst
November 17, 2021
Dustin Hurst
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November 17, 2021

Idaho Freedom Foundation Vice President Dustin Hurst issued the following statement upon the adjournment of the 2021 legislation session:

Idaho lawmakers failed at their most sacred task: protecting the rights of Gem State citizens. On Wednesday, lawmakers finished their elongated 2021 session. Let’s look at their accomplishments. 

Did they do anything to protect the medical privacy of Idahoans whose employers are demanding personal information? No. 

Did lawmakers pass legislation to stop school districts from masking students? No. 

Did lawmakers do anything to protect those who might be harmed by the experimental vaccines? No. 

Did Idaho lawmakers protect the liberty of vaccine-skeptical Idahoans who don’t want to be treated as second-class citizens in society? Nope. 

What then did lawmakers accomplish during the three-day special session that concluded Wednesday afternoon and cost taxpayers more than $100,000? 

They sent a strongly-worded letter to Congress and extracted a pound of flesh from a good conservative lawmaker during a bogus ethics hearing. 

This is a complete and total abdication of duty. And the blame rests largely with House Speaker Scott Bedke, Senate Pro Tem Chuck Winder, and Gov. Brad Little. For months, desperate Idahoans begged these three politicians to act to save jobs, lives, and livelihoods. They didn’t. 

Instead of listening to the will of the people, Little, Bedke and Winder did the bidding of special interests that want to continue the medical tyranny unfolding in Idaho. This trio thwarted commendable efforts by principled conservatives to put an end to vaccination by intimidation and threat. Those conservatives deserve thanks of Idahoans across the state. Bedke, Winder, and Little do not.

Where is this headed? More Idahoans will be coerced into getting an experimental vaccine with potential adverse effects or face financial ruin. All due to failed leadership from those they helped elect. One thing is certain, many of those who torpedoed efforts to defend freedom will next year campaign on defending Idaho from federal government overreach. The hypocrisy is breathtaking.

Lawmakers should be ashamed. Idahoans should be furious that lawmakers engaged in this pathetic charade. 

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  • The Lilliputin RINO "mob" of good old boys has less courage running through their veins than the 11 supporters and Mrs. Young. All I saw in their faces was "fear"not courage. Fear of the lobbyists who fund their campaigns, fear of the leadership, and most of all the fear that others would see how unfair the entire process was. The real blame regarding the "unmasking" of the "vicim" was the ethics committee who made the affair public prior to doing their own due deligence. Finally the legislator that compared the Honor Code at West Point with the standard of perjury contributed to the calumnae. One is a standard of personal behavior. The other is a legal definition and a low bar to meet---"tell the truth" and a hard bar to prove. Anyone who confabulates such a comparrison is not "honerable" but is "virtue signaling".

    • Bobby W says:

      Not sure why youre complaining about a public hearing before doing due diligence. I watched a recording of the hearing. I learned that Giddings was invited to a non-public meeting. She told the committee she had a military obligation so missed it. But she also confessed she didnt alert them of the conflict-she just missed the meeting. So....its their fault????

  • Robert strange says:

    $100,000 just to censure Representative Giddings?
    Surely that could have waited until the regular session! Or forever!

    Just one more example of how wasteful 85% of the Legislature and Gov Little are with our hard earned tax dollars.

    WORDS to describe them:
    Wasteful, corrupt, spinless, lacking common sense and moral fortitude, but most importantly - bought and paid for TYRANTS.

    CONFIRMS: When the Legislature is in session, LIFE, LIBERTY and PROPERTY are ALL in jeopardy!

    Exercise true Term Limits.

    • Bobby W says:

      Actually, no, it couldnt wait until general session. It had to be done this calendar year or could not be taken up again.

  • James King says:

    Sincere thanks Mr. Hurst, for the precise account of the failure of the Idaho legislation to protect its citizens from obvious federal overreach(actual tyranny).
    It’s hard to imagine that anyone who has any clue of politics here, would support Little, Bedke, Winder and other fake conservatives. Our constitution clearly allows for these personal freedoms, yet they still fail us.
    God help us, without a serious fight Idaho could quickly become just another blue Marxist craphole. The left have tremendous power, motivation and…, all decency has vanished from them. They despise all good things, it’s evil that we have choice but to stand against it.

  • Daniel Foreman says:

    Why do we expect the cowardly (with a few shining exceptions) Idaho legislature to stand up for the constitutional rights of the citizens of our state? Cowards will always run from the fight, and selfish special interest-controlled puppets will always vote in favor of their illegitimate masters and financial benefactors. Our state government has once again blatantly failed to protect the rights of the people it is legally and morally bound to serve. It would be quite revealing to know exactly for whom they are working. Because they certainly are not working for we the people. Wake up Idaho! We deserve better than non-representation by a pack of disingenuous phonies. It is past time to vote out of office these self-serving crony politicians. How bad does it have to get before we demand enforcement of the Constitution and the proper functioning of government?

    • Robert strange says:

      And once again we see, that the voters are the problem!
      Un-informed and blindly voting for Reublicans - most of which are RINOs or actually Democrats.

  • Bee says:

    A bit OT, but notice Idaho Sens. Crapo and Riesch on the line up. They need to hear from to before they do even more damage (upcoming).

    Here are the Senate Republicans who voted for the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package:

    Roy Blunt of Missouri
    Richard Burr of North Carolina
    Bill Cassidy of Louisiana
    Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia
    Susan Collins of Maine
    Kevin Cramer of North Dakota
    Mike Crapo of Idaho
    Deb Fischer of Nebraska
    Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
    Chuck Grassley of Iowa
    John Hoeven of North Dakota
    Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
    Lisa Murkowski of Alaska
    Rob Portman of Ohio
    Jim Risch of Idaho
    Mitt Romney of Utah
    Dan Sullivan of Alaska
    Thom Tillis of North Carolina
    Roger Wicker of Mississippi

    • Brad Gee says:

      Are you pro or against? It amazes me at the amount of people that when t(RUMP) was trying to get it done it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, but when it's Biden that gets it done, its a problem. Another failure in long list of failures of the Trump administration.

  • Brad Gee says:

    I dont feel the government should force mandates, but as a capitalist country, I feel that if a private company mandates vaccines and or masks for their employees and customer that is their right. On that same note, the government should have no say in what a business requires, I dont think you can have it both ways.

    • john livingston says:

      I agree. The government should just stay out of the transactions between employer and employee and between a business and their customers.

    • Al says:

      Absolutely agree with you.

    • Bruce Hendricks says:

      We don't live in a "capitalist" country. What we have is more akin to a fascistic arrangement where corporation do the government's bidding in exchange for bailouts, subsidies, and the cartelization of industries to inhibit competition.

      In any event, there are literally thousands of rules and laws in which our government dictates to "private" companies what they can or cannot do.

      But even if you buy into the "private company"argument, it's immoral for an employer to force a medical procedure on its employees, particularly an experimental clot shot which is clearly not effective in stopping transmission of a virus with a 99% survival rate. It is not about public health, it is about power and the opportunity to make billions of dollars. Wonder what how much Pfizer stock Little has in his portfolio...

  • KJ says:


    Here is why these clowns in congress voted for the mandates:

    US Government Signs Secret Treaty With Pfizer, Granting Company Dictatorial Powers Over US Economy

    These losers are bought and paid for. You don't matter, for the people by the people days are over with.

    • Brad Gee says:

      inforwars, really? isn't that dude in enough trouble for spreading disinformation. I would not deem that a reliable source for anything. might was well be CNN.

  • KJ says:

    Alex Jones has been right on a lot of stuff. Constitutional lawyer Robert Barnes says that Jones has been right on most of his predictions. You do know who Barnes is I hope....

    And yes, Jones has been sued several times, sometimes winning and other times he loses.

    • Al says:

      Wasnt Alex Jones this past week found liable for not just "getting the news wrong" but intentional misinformation? His producer and others on his show tried to get him to stop lying. To say he is an unreliabe source is a kind understatement.

      • KJ says:

        That is the narrative. But something feels wrong about this. For years that old hag pelosi has tried to shut him down. She of course like brad little is no moral pillar.

  • Bruce Hendricks says:

    Speaking of unreliable sources, I give you Pope Fauci...

  • Richard Garber says:

    That wasn't REALLY a special session. Only the Governor can call one. They didn't do anything because it was a PHONY session.

  • Freedom says:

    Representative Fred Wood is also very much to blame here. As Chairman of the Health & Welfare Committee, he killed 8 bills by not even holding a meeting to discuss them. He is bought and paid for by Bedke, which is owned by Little. These lawmakers are an embarrassment to freedom and Idaho. All of them must go and it starts in November.

  • Bee says:

    Time to wake up!!!

    "Kansas House of Representatives passes a bill allowing moral, medical, religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccines. Businesses who question beliefs or retaliate could face fines up to $50K."

  • Bee says:

    Where the payola hell is LITTLE r?
    Will he be the last to stand up for human health rights?

    ''DeSantis: Businesses to Pay for Adverse Reactions to Vaccine if They Mandate It''

  • KJ says:

    The Little regime is criminal. Need proof?

    Ex parte Milligan, 71 U.S. 2 (1866)

    “It is sometimes argued that the existence of an emergency allows the existence and operation of powers, national or state, which violate the inhibitions of the Federal Constitution. The rule is quite otherwise. NO emergency justifies the violation of any of the provisions of the United States Constitution.” Section 71

    “Neither the legislature nor any executive or judicial officer may disregard the provisions of the Constitution in case of an emergency…” Section 98

    Therefore, ANYONE who declares the suspension of constitutionally guaranteed rights (to freely travel, peaceably assemble, earn a living, freely worship, etc.) and/or attempts to enforce such suspension within the 50 independent, sovereign, continental United states of America, is making war against our constitution(s) and, therefore, we, the people. They violate their constitutional oath and, thus, immediately forfeit their office and authority and their proclamations may be disregarded with impunity and that means ANYONE: Congress, the Senate, even the Governor and President! They have broken constitutional law therefore they all must step down. Or face a revolution.

    Then there is this:
    18 U.S. Code § 242 - Deprivation of rights under color of law
    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
    Restore the constitution and rule of law.

  • KJ says:

    How Bundy would have handled the corona virus:

  • KJ says:

    So here we are today, the 29th of November and I am extremely upset with Brad Little and his regime. See here:

    Why is Idaho not been part of this? Such incompetence or just plain uncaring? Perhaps the legislator body should meet and 'gift' Brad Little a million to make the right decisions for our healthcare workers.

  • Dennis Tweedy says:

    I am new to Idaho and was forced out of my birth State of CA for many reasons. When I found out about the IFF my neighbors and I were very excited to get involved and support Idaho from the evils of CA. That is until today, when I was sent an email asking for donations to help fight socialism, I am on board for this fight!! I was all set to donate my 100.00 until I saw the check mark in (cover fees) or if I opted out of the fee, the statement that you wouldn't get 100% of my donation. (I personally hate fees) so if you dont get 100% of my donation, what, you cant fight the fight? I am not the only person that feels this way. So today, I will not longer be a member of the IFF and will donate my hard earned money to folks that know CC fees or a direct bank draft (are the cost of doing business) so instead of missing the 3.00 CC fee today - now you wont get 1 cent. Disapointed

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