Mamas Take the State Capitol

By Woody Jenkins, Editor, Central City News — BATON ROUGE — John Bel Edwards may still be governor, but moms from across the state poured into the State Capitol Monday to show him who is boss.

By the time the meeting of the House Committee on Health & Welfare adjourned its seven-hour hearing on Gov. Edwards’ vaccine mandate, there was no doubt the moms have the politicians on the run.  The committee members, which showed contempt for unmasked citizens three months ago, were like hogs on ice running to the witness table to speak against the governor’s mandate.

The committee voted to veto Edwards’ “mandate” 13-2, with one independent and three Democrats joining Republicans in opposition to the mandatory vaccination of Louisiana school children.

One Democratic legislator told of his own traumatic health crisis after taking the vaccine.

The committee’s action can be overridden by the governor, but that had been expected all along.  That was not really the point.  The point was the powerful showing by moms from across the state.  Their message was clear: Edwards may never run again, and if you plan to, you better stop playing fast and lose with our liberties.  Stand for liberty or prepare to take a beating at the polls in the next election.

None of the legislators had any doubt of the determination of the moms.  Supporters of the Governor’s stand were few and far between, with the exception of the governor’s handpicked State Health officer, Dr. Joseph Kanter, and his staff. The hearing drew some famous people to the State Capitol to support the moms.  Attorney General Jeff Landry led the fight and explained the legal objection to what the governor wants to do.

Landry is fresh off a major victory in federal court, where he was successful in convincing the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to issue a national ban on President Biden enforcing his OSHA rule. That rule seeks to require mass vaccination of employees at firms with 100 or more employees.

Speaking after Landry was Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., son of the late Attorney General and a leading opponent of forced vaccination.  Backing him up was world famous Dr. Robert Malone, inventor of the mRNA technology and an opponent of forced vaccination.

Presiding over the meeting was Rep. Larry Bagley, who three months ago had a mom dragged from the meeting for being present without a mask.  This time Bagley didn’t bully or talk down to the moms as he did three months ago.

PHOTO: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. addressing the Louisiana House Committee on Health & Welfare

Editor’s Note: Although the La. Dept. of Health is proposing to add the COVID vaccine to the list of required vaccines for students, bear in mind that this proposed rule does NOT alter the provisions of La.R.S. 17:170(E), which guarantees the right of parents to opt out of any vaccine mandate by filing a simple written dissent. This claim of exemption cannot be denied. For a sample copy, see Page 4.


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