Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric coming from the Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry. They’re not on the side of freedom — not now, not ever.

When IACI starts throwing around words like “conservative” and “freedom”, you know you’re being bamboozled.

No organization in Idaho has done more than IACI to promote socialism, rent seeking, and cronyism. So, you know IACI President Alex LaBeau is dripping in dishonesty with the statement he put out, expressing concern that the Legislature’s return to Boise is “socialism… wrapped up in a façade of freedom.”

Remember, IACI is the same organization that promoted the state’s early adoption of Obamacare. It pushed hard for the state to open an Obamacare insurance exchange. It later joined with leftist organizations to promote Medicaid expansion.

Today, IACI is pushing for the expansion of the government education system. IACI wholeheartedly embraces socialism. The organization’s record on this point is more than clear. It is the most special of all of Idaho’s special interest groups.

The real reason IACI is opposed to the Legislature reconvening is that the organization would love nothing more than for businesses to be free to strip employees of their health freedom. Sure, IACI says it applauds the state for having joined lawsuits in opposition to the Biden administration’s vaccination requirements. But it’s not because IACI opposes vaccine mandates. The truth is IACI’s members include Idaho’s big hospitals and corporations that are implementing vaccine requirements, threatening to fire employees who fail to surrender their medical autonomy.

That makes IACI exactly like the Biden administration. If it has any objection to the president’s tyranny, it’s that the organization wants to reserve the right for its corporate members to issue authoritarian edicts.

At the Idaho Freedom Foundation, we’ve always said that the issue of vaccine mandates extends well beyond being an employee-employer issue. This is about Americans losing their freedoms at the hands of health autocrats. Sometimes the enforcement of medical tyranny is being done directly by the government. Other times, it’s being done by businesses enacting government medical protocols. The end result is the same: Americans are systematically being denied jobs, travel, or their right to life, liberty, and property, unless they go along with what government experts recommend or demand.

America is quickly becoming the “show us your papers” medical police state where disobedience to authority ultimately leads to poverty and death. Indicate you’ve obeyed government-sanctioned protocols/requirements or starve. Obey the requirements and live. This is the side IACI is really on. This is our future if the state Legislature does not act.

Both IACI and the Biden administration celebrate the idea of a command-and-control world, in which vaccines are mandated and people who disobey are persecuted, shunned, and impoverished for failure to conform to the so-called science of the day.

Conservatives are on the right side of this issue, and they should fight like mad to preserve individuals’ right to medical freedom, autonomy, and privacy.