Idaho Lt. Gov. Janie McGeachin shared on Monday she imposed a ban on mask mandates while Gov. Brad Little was out of the state, claiming the decision was necessary to “protect the rights” of her citizens.
“My action was to uphold my sworn oath to uphold and protect the rights of our citizens in Idaho, as guaranteed to us in our U.S. constitution, our Idaho constitution and the rule of law in Idaho,” McGeachin said during a Fox News interview. “That is what I did.”
McGeachin tweeted on Thursday, “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.”
The feud between McGeachin and Little continued over Twitter on Friday. Little repealed the ban, with McGeachin responding in a tweet.
“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. Read my full statement below.”
She tweeted once again later the same day, posting, “When the democrat party is applauding your actions, especially in a state like Idaho, you pretty much lose the right to call yourself a conservative.”
Little accused McGeachin of being politically motivated. He is accurate, as McGeachin’s actions took place just days after announcing her run against Little for governor in 2022. But McGeachin is also right.
The post on her campaign website said, “I firmly believe that you have the right to make your own decisions about masks, vaccines, and how to raise your children. You don’t need the government to tell you what to do.”
Sounds like good conservative policy to most Americans. This is the same person who joined a mask burning event in 2020 in Idaho. McGeachin knows where liberty-minded Americans stand on masks, and she’s not backing down.
The question is whether her tactic will work. Idaho is strongly conservative, but who will it choose when it comes to mask mandates and government overreach?
The same question could be asked of all Americans. Most are in favor of personal freedom, and the more the merrier. But when it comes to specifics like mask mandates or business and school closure, opinions divide.
It’s this division that may be at the heart of destroying America’s conservative values. We can agree on basic principles, but fight one another when it comes to specifics.
It’s time for conservatives to unite around conservative values. Our nation is in desperate need of less government, not more. Our nation is also in deep need of AMERICAN leadership. President Joe Biden is even handing out permission slips to Russia for pipelines, while cancelling the jobs of thousands of American workers.
Biden’s Carter 2.0 and Obama 2.0 program wrapped into one is sending inflation up, illegal immigrants in, the economy down and money out of the country. No one needs to tell us what happens next.
America is looking weaker every day. We can see it in our leaders in Washington and even on our latest woke military commercials.
McGeachin’s actions may be political, but they’re the right kind of politics. We need more leaders who oppose big government and have a big heart for America.