John Livingston

It is All about Families

Two years ago, I approached a “Conservative Think Tank” in Idaho about developing a strategy and then tactics to make a plan that would focus political issues in such a way to encourage people who are not usually involved in politics to become engaged in the process. Many new people coming into our state have brought with them an experience in a blue state or a blue city that has had significant deleterious impacts on their children and their family’s security. The Republican Party has given lip service to these issues because they are themselves grounded more in the “process of politics” than they are in the principles that should be the predicate for their politics. Watch what they do and not what they say. Brad Little and Tom Luna are NOT conservatives but rather Mitt Romney, Bush Brother, John Kasich, Paul Ryan, Liz Cheney, Lindsey Graham reset new world order apologists. Let’s see how many of them come into Idaho to campaign for Brad—hmmmmm. Do the people of Idaho really relate to these “Neo- Rockefellers”?

We watched what happened in Virginia with the election of Governor Younkin and Lt. Governor Sears. It took a slip of the tongue by Democratic candidate for Governor Terry McCullough to form the conditions of the debate, I paraphrase—should teachers decide what is best for your children or should parents? Parents and families answered the question in no uncertain terms. When “think tanks” and politicians couch the debate in terms of policy or legislation most people stop listening. When they see a threat to their children and their families, they become engaged. Rudyard Kipling reminded us in his great poem THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES:

When the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
He shouts to scare the monster who will often turn aside.
But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail,
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

In Virginia mothers and fathers led the charge against Critical Race Theory (CRT) indoctrination programs in public schools. From Loudin County in Northern Virginia to more rural Spotsylvania County families said enough is enough. The issue wasn’t (CRT) or social justice, but “who should decide what my children should learn in school”. It didn’t require a think tank to write a public policy statement. It required defining the argument in one sentence and Terry McCullough did it for us.

In our State the issue that goes to the core of conservative beliefs is corruption in government. Corruption in health care, corruption in education, corruption of legislators on JFAC who disburse funds without exacting accountability on government agencies for billions of dollars. Idaho Medicaid has been identified as being the fourth most corrupt Medicaid program amongst the 50 states with a 39% false claim and false billing rate amongst those who receive services and providers of services. And JFAC passes a budget without asking for accountability! Who pays for the corruption—people who pay taxes that go for government assistance programs that have a 39% rate of false claims and billings? These same people either via their employers or by paying for their own increasing health insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles are subsidizing this fraud, and yet they continue to support politicians who turn a blind’s eye to the corruption, and who in fact facilitate the fraud as they take campaign contributions from the insurance carriers and large hospital systems that are the beneficiaries of fraud. Money by the way that could help pay for increasing property taxes, college funds for their children, and maybe put into a 401-k plan for their retirement. The last CEO at Luke’s received $8.2million and $10million his last two years of working at Luke’s—paid for by government funded programs like Medicaid and private insurance like Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Whether knowingly or unknowingly people working in the executive branch of our government and our legislators who pass budgets are agents of this great fraud. Idaho families in the end pay for the fraud. RINOs get reelected repeatedly.

Health Care is a family issue. Health Care Policy in Idaho over the past three years has hurt families. Closing schools and churches for Covid hurt families and children. Restricting high school and college athletic and extracurricular activities hurt our children—all in the name of public health. Health Care in Idaho is corrupt—the majority of doctors, nurses and patients know this to be true, but they are afraid to speak out—just like in Virginia when Terry McCullough was ahead by 20 points in some polls in July. Speak out and call out fraud and campaigns can turn on a dime.

If a conservative—either Republican or Independent catches the tail of the “family liberty comet” that is moving across our country, they can win. They can compete against big money lobbyist special interests like IACI/IHA/IMA. The Republicans in Virginia were dramatically outspent by the Clinton backed McCullough campaign yet when families were mobilized conservatives “beat the machine”

It is not about policy. It IS about corruption. IT IS ALL ABOUT FAMILIES

“But the Woman that God gave him, every fiber of her frame
Proves her launched for one sole issue, armed and engineered for the same,
And to serve that single issue, lest the generations fail,
The female of the species must be deadlier than the male.”

Who decides what is best for our children and families—the Governor and Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) officials or parents and families?

MIGA (Make Idaho Great Again) “Fight Like Hell”

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