As Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s oppressive, nonsensical stay-at-home orders seem to illustrate that control of Michiganders may be more important than their protection from the novel coronavirus, the effort to see her ousted from office is growing exponentially.
Whitmer’s orders have exceeded even those of ultra-progressive governors such as Gavin Newsom in California and Andrew Cuomo in New York. Under her rule, Whitmer’s constituents have been barred from making “nonessential” visits to neighbors, friends, or relatives under penalty of fine or imprisonment. Her strict order also prohibits those “essential” retailers who were not forced to close from selling “nonessential” items.
Understandably, Michiganders are fed up, and countless thousands of them took to the roads of Lansing in protest.
The event, called “Operation Gridlock,” was hosted by the Michigan Conservative Coalition and featured a swarm of peaceful protesters on the capitol lawn and thousands more in their vehicles.
According to attendees of the event, mainstream media reports may have—unsurprisingly—inaccurately reported the number of protesters, as well as their voluntary adherence to social distancing measures:
Although Gov. Whitmer offered recent clarification that First Amendment-protected activity is exempt from her stay-at-home order, she furiously scolded protesters for “endangering people’s lives.”
“The sad irony here is that the protest was that they don’t like being in this stay-home order and they may have just created a need to lengthen it,” Whitmer said, according to the Register-Herald. “Just by congregating, they’ve made that a real possibility.”
“We know that this demonstration is going to come at a cost to people’s health,” Whitmer continued. “We know that when people gather that way without masks, they were within close proximity, they were touching one another, that that’s how COVID-19 spreads.”
Breitbart News, whose reporter Alex Olson reported live from the protest, “observed many protesters wearing masks and maintaining social distances, but witnessed no handshakes or other forms of physical contact.”
While Breitbart reports that a formal recall effort may be in the works, an informal petition for the removal of Gov. Whitmer from office has gained massive traction in just a few short days.
The “Recall Governor Whitmer” petition declares that the measures taken by Whitmer like “closing and banning various non-essential business’s [sic] and activities while leaving others open,” are actually “causing more Michiganders to get sick.”
The petition was launched three weeks ago but signatures did not start to take off until last week when Whitmer extended her stay-at-home order and threatened violators with $1,000 fines or 6 months in jail.
In just the last three days, the petition has already hit over 250,000 signatures.
It’s not only Michigan’s civilians who have had it with Whitmer, either.
According to the Manistee News-Advocate, four Michigan county sheriffs announced in an open letter on Wednesday that they will not strictly enforce the stay-at-home order, emphasizing their oath to uphold Michiganders’ constitutional rights.
The letter was signed by Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, Manistee County Sheriff Ken Falk, Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel, and Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich.
“She has created a vague framework of emergency laws that only confuse Michigan citizens,” the sheriffs wrote, noting that they will “deal with every case as an individual situation and apply common sense in assessing the apparent violation.”
“Each of us took an oath to uphold and defend the Michigan Constitution, as well as the US Constitution, and to ensure that your God-given rights are not violated,” the sheriffs declared. “We believe that we are the last line of defense in protecting your civil liberties.”
Amen!! Praise God for bold men and women in law enforcement who refuse to be complicit in tyranny, and for the ordinary citizens showing up in droves who will not bow to would-be dictators.
If you are a Michigander, sign the petition to show your support for Gov. Whitmer’s removal. Her authority comes only from citizen consent, which the citizens of Michigan have clearly revoked.
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