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Rep. Adams (R-Nampa) to Idaho House: “Either lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way…”

By • April 6, 2021

The Idaho legislature is back in session after a two-week recess.

Prior to that, a number of lawmakers said they had tested positive for Covid-19. The break was rare as the legislature is usually in session for just a few months at the beginning of the year and then doesn’t return until the following year.

Today, the legislature reconvened with a number of issues still to be resolved such as education and transportation.

During the first House floor session, Rep. Ben Adams (R-Nampa) asked for several minutes to address the body before the recessed for lunch.

For about 3 1/2 minutes, Adams brought up the issue of liberty and mentioned that the legislature should be focused on that as the end goal of the government citing Patrick Henry.

You can watch Adam’s full speech here (story continues below):

At the close of Adam’s speech, he told the Idaho House,

Hear me now! Either lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way, because you cannot spend the people’s money and buy them with their own money forever.

Idaho Dispatch reached out to Adams to find out what spurred his speech. Here was the response Adams sent Idaho Dispatch:

The reason for addressing the legislature today was simple. We must reclaim our State Sovereignty and re-establish the sovereignty of the individual. There are far too many sell-outs in politics who don’t have a firm grasp of where we as a nation came from (or don’t care), and the price our founders were willing to pay to keep Liberty. Self-determination is a hallmark of our Republic, and therefore the concept of mandatory vaccinations to gain access to basic accommodations is appalling and sounds more like something from a 1950’s soviet regime… not the land of the free and home of the brave.

We are spending ourselves into oblivion. These government programs aimed at “saving America” may sound great to career politicians in DC but will ultimately hurt real people represented by state legislatures right here at home. States governments have a responsibility to push back and reject the ever-spreading hands of federal control through our legislative process. We can say no, if we have the fortitude to do so. I believe the citizens of our State, and the majority of citizens in our nation have had enough. Idaho should be leading the way, not cowering to the will of a government gone rogue 2,400 miles away.

Now that the legislature is back in session, what do you believe needs to get passed before they sine die for the year?

Let us know in the comments below.

Tags: Ben Adams, Idaho Legislature, Nampa