Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Jason Smith Take a Stand for Kids

 

For the two months, I’ve spent a great deal of time advocating for American kids to have the same freedoms kids around the world have: To breathe freely, to get on a plane, to walk into a store, and more. Unlike the rest of the world, where the World Health Organization (WHO) sets the guidelines for the ages and circumstances in which kids are recommended to mask, the CDC here in America has set much more stringent guidelines. It’s unclear where they come from, and unfortunately due to the nature of unelected bureaucrats, there’s little we as parents can do to get clear answers on why our children are required to mask starting at age 2 (vs. age 6 in Europe and Asia), and why the expectations are so much more strict here than they are when the WHO sets the bar. I wrote about some of this research for Ricochet last month.

Today, we had some great news on this front, with thirty Members of Congress signing onto a letter spearheaded by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) and Representative Jason Smith (R-MO) to ask the CDC to explain their reasoning for masking young children. You can find that letter and the signatories here. They wrote,

“The implementation of these recommendations has had serious consequences for some Americans. Multiple parents of young children have been removed from flights, and in some instances, permanently banned, from future travel on the airline they were flying due to their toddler’s refusal to wear a mask. These unfortunate events have occurred despite the parents’ best attempts to have their child cooperate with the mask requirement, which is a struggle millions of parents have faced this past year. For parents of children with disabilities, compliance has proved almost impossible, resulting in increased social isolation and negative mental health consequences.”

For those of you who want to join this effort, it’s not too late. You can take the time to contact your Senators and Representative this week and alert them to this effort, and ask them to join forces with these Members of Congress to advocate for American children and families.  This is a small step towards sanity and normalcy, and I hope that Lee and Smith get some answers from the CDC on this.

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