On multiple fronts, prestigious institutions are driving wedges between parents and their own children. What if instead of mandated vaccines, masks, and critical race theory indoctrination, the social engineers were more concerned with avoiding jail?

The more uncertain the times, the more is at stake. This is why power grabs and resistance to them are growing to a fever pitch. Now, even children aren’t off-limits for those wielding institutional dominance.

The Tony Faucis and Merrick Garlands of society, the social engineers, join forces with central economic planners, the Janet Yellens and Jerome Powells, to trap children’s minds, bodies, and financial futures. Their edicts are enforced in the so-called private sector by everyone from bankers to bakers, in transportation or on TV. 

If left within their grasp, these kids will be left with nothing.

This public-private partnership used to be the bane of the political Left, which rightly called it regulatory capture. It was only natural that giant corporations would lobby the government and infiltrate its agencies to serve their special interests. In fact, throughout much of the regulatory state’s history, this revolving door was erected by corporate interests in the legislative process.

Now we have regulatory capture on steroids. It doesn’t just serve as a sweet deal for corporations. It actively perpetuates a parasitic relationship against the taxpayers and the whole social fabric of the country.

Take the recent FDA panel approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages five to 11.

“I do think that it’s a relatively close call,” FDA adviser Dr. Eric Rubin of Harvard University said during the approval process.

“We’re never going to learn about how safe this vaccine is unless we start giving it,” he added, before encouraging a vote of approval.

That matter-of-fact statement perfectly shows the unaccountability and disconnectedness these grand decision-makers feel towards those subjected to these decisions. Even if those imposed upon are children as young as five who just want to join their friends in kindergarten.

How do the people—how does anyone for that matter—stand up to power this brazenly flaunted?

Our managerial elite, which now includes woke corporate power, created this crisis of crises and deems anyone who stands in the way of their solutions a domestic terrorist, white supremacist, or a dangerous disinformant. The hammer then comes down to cancel any challenge.

People will tolerate all of this up to a point, and that point has been tested for quite some time. Now with children involved, we have likely reached the point of no return.

If it doesn’t feel to you like the very heart and soul of our country is now in contention, then you’re probably too drugged up on pop culture to know any better. You’re certainly not one of the Build Back Better/Great Reset managerial elites. Their behavior proves the proposition is true.

Left, Right, or Center, one’s political alignment should be set aside upon stepping onto this terrain. Hundreds, likely thousands, of parents across the country are shedding those labels and risking much more just to publicly voice opposition to the takeover of their children’s education and health.

They see that there is no security or prosperity for families and forthcoming generations as long as they are manipulated by unelected masters.

To reverse this dynamic, more courageous parents are needed to speak out, organize single-issue campaigns, or run for local office like school board. This isn’t strictly about political change, but rather a re-entry into various institutions, taking them back to the purpose for which they were created. 

Most progress will be made at the local level, where it also stands the greatest chance of being long-lasting. Decentralization efforts will outperform centralization tactics over time. Indeed, victory may be won in short order if enough people stand up. 

Our current predicament is like a funhouse mirror image of what Alexis de Tocqueville reported in Democracy in America almost 200 years ago. At that time, formal institutions and informal associations mediated the voracious appetites of the state and the mob. 

When the American people, particularly families and children, come first, that’s the true America First vision. Millions of Americans are now finally seeing what’s at stake, so if we all play our parts selflessly and prudently, we may secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

Gavin Wax

Gavin Wax

Gavin Wax is the 76th President of the New York Young Republican Club, Chairman of the New York Republican Liberty Caucus, an Ambassador for Turning Point USA, and an Associate Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. You can follow him on Twitter at @GavinWax.

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