May 29, 2021
Little, McGeachin’s Statements on Competing Executive Orders Reveal Stark Contrast Between Them on Most Fundamental Aspect of Government
by: John Crowder
Idaho Lt. Governor Janice McGeachin, acting Governor while Governor Brad Little was out of town last week, signed an executive order banning governmental bodies in the state from requiring masks. “Today, as acting Governor of the State of Idaho, I signed an Executive Order to protect the rights and liberties of individuals and businesses by prohibiting the state and its political subdivisions — including public schools — from imposing mask mandates in our state,” she said.
Upon returning to Idaho, Little issued his own executive order rescinding that of McGeachin’s. Calling the Lt. Governor’s order, “an irresponsible abuse of power,” Little claimed the issue at stake was, “a basic conservative principle – the government closest to the people governs best.” Little went on to say that such decisions should be in the hands of local authorities, such as “mayors, local school board trustees, and others.”
Lt. Governor McGeachin then responded to the Governor, and, in doing so, correctly made the case that the issue is not about masks, not about, “local control,” but instead is about the most fundamental question of the purpose of government.
McGeachin said, “Yesterday, I signed an Executive Order banning mask mandates in Idaho, including in our public schools. Today, Gov. Little chose to revoke your personal freedom by rescinding my order and imposing mask mandates on thousands of Idaho children, rejecting the conservative solutions embraced by leaders like Gov. Abbott in Texas and Gov. DeSantis in Florida.
As your Lt. Governor, I remain undeterred and unwavering in my commitment to defend your rights and freedoms against all who would violate them. Now, more than ever, we must stand together against those who prioritize their own power above individual liberty.”
To paraphrase the Declaration of Independence, governments are instituted to secure our unalienable rights, among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Janice McGeachin understands this. Brad Little does not.
For those Idahoans who value their freedom, the choice between these two could not be clearer. With McGeachin, you, the citizen, control your life. With Little, expect government bureaucrats to do so.