Regulatory Capture on Steroids: The FDA’s War on Kids Part of Widespread Institutional Rot

Gavin Newsom spent Halloween morning with students and faculty at Blue Oak Elementary in Shingle Springs. This school was affected by utility power shutoffs this week & came together to keep school open. via Wikimedia Commons

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 that 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. 

In their grasp, these kids will be left with nothing.

This public-private partnership used to be the bane of the political left, who rightfully called out 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 these 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 aged 5-11.

“I do think that it’s a relatively close call,” FDA adviser Dr. Eric Rubin of Harvard University said during their 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 was said so matter-of-factly, it perfectly shows the unaccountability and whole disconnectedness these grand decision-makers feel towards those who are imposed upon by these decisions. Even if the imposed upon are children as young as 5 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 includes woke corporate power as well, 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 ban 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 ongoing 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 to serve at the feet of unelected masters.

To reverse this dynamic, more parents are needed to join with those already exhibiting courage during public comment and organizing single-issue campaigns or runs for local offices like school board. This isn’t strictly about political change, but rather a re-entry into various institutions, taking them back to the form in 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” 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. It’s now clearly in the sights of millions of Americans what’s at stake, so if we all play our part selflessly and prudently, we will secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.

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Gavin Wax is the 75th 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.

  1. The warning from Fatima 1913 was that the final battle between Satan and the Blessed Mother will be over marriage and the family…and here it is in full open rage now.How much will parents take concerning their childrens well being. Its getting time to rise up and make a stand…they are going too far.

  2. We already know that you can come down with COVID and spread COVID whether you are vaccinated or not. But kids should be off limits!!!! Children’s Health Defense states that kids immune system can handle COVID and vaccines could compromise their natural immune response . Even Dr Eric Rubin, FDA,stated that we need extensive testing to see if safe for our children quoting “we’re never going to learn how safe the vaccine is until we start giving it. That’s just the way it goes”. So children have now become lab rats for the government


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