Residents of Michigan have just about had it with their fame-seeking, tyrannical Democrat governor. From the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has made it abundantly obvious that she’s more interested in getting her face on cable news than she is in providing for the safety and security of her constituents. Angling for a spot on Joe Biden’s presidential ticket, Whitmer has used every available opportunity to lash out at President Trump and portray his administration as failing in the COVID-19 response. Meanwhile, even the editors of the fiercely-liberal Detroit News have questioned her priorities.
Michiganders could have perhaps put up with all of this showboating. But then Whitmer went too far. In another obvious play for attention, she signed into effect the strictest stay-at-home order in the country – an order that not only prohibits people from gathering in public but actually bars them from visiting friends. They aren’t even allowed to travel to their own vacation homes under the terms of the decree. They can’t use a motor boat (!?). What running a boat has to do with spreading the coronavirus is a mystery, but Whitmer’s critics aren’t bothering to guess. They are calling for her resignation.
Resident Garrett Soldano has started a Facebook group called “Michiganders Against Excessive Quarantine” that has already attracted more than 300,000 users.
“The reason we started this group wasn’t that we were against the quarantine,” said Soldano. “We’re not. We were against our very constitutional rights taken away from us.”
At a press conference this week, Whitmer defended her actions as appropriate under the circumstances.
“There’s nobody who’d rather be able to push a button and just return to life as normal,” she said. “But no button exists in this environment.”
She said that it was “okay to be frustrated.”
“I’ve got thick skin,” Whitmer said. “And I’m always going to defend your right to free speech. So, I just ask that those who are protesting these orders do so in a safe manner so you don’t get sick and you don’t subject our first responders to risk, either.”
But in a Facebook post this week, Republican State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey said that Whitmer’s order went beyond public safety and into the realm of actively endangering the financial lifeblood of the state.
“OUR Governor IS DESTROYING OUR HEALTH BY KILLING OUR LIVELIHOODS!” Shirkey wrote. “Contact our Gov. Tell her we can be as safe at work ( in most cases ) as we can be at home. Tell her we are doing our best to follow the new Big 3: hygiene-distancing-masks. Tell her we agree….we need to dramatically restrict uncontrolled, casual gatherings and interactions. And tell her if she wants us to follow and trust her…she needs to trust us!”
Despite the enormous opposition, Whitmer gave no indication that she would be relaxing the new social distancing order before the end of the month.
We swear, some of these Democrats ought to go run for office in China when all of this is over. They might find Beijing’s tolerance for tyranny more to their liking.