On March 13, 2020, Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered the closing of all K-12 schools in the state of Michigan over fears of the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus. On March 16, Governor Whitmer issued an order to close all bars and restaurants dine-in, gyms, coffee houses, and most public places. She also banned gatherings of 50 people or more. On March 23, Governor Whitmer issued a statewide stay-at-home order for all non-essential workers for three weeks. On April 9, Michigan’s governor extended the stay-at-home order through April 30th. Whitmer’s new draconian order included banning the sale of all non-essential items including all home improvement and garden items. She also banned the use of boats with motors but allowed citizens to use sailboats, paddleboats, kayaks, and rowboats. Michiganders were stunned when they heard about her new draconian executive order that included prohibiting Michigan residents from traveling to their private vacation homes in northern Michigan.
Yesterday, over 10,000 vehicles traveled to Lansing, MI to protest the governor’s draconian measures. Many of the protesters were fed up over the drastic control she’s taken over their lives, which are destroying Michigan businesses and putting millions of citizens out of work. The protest, organized by Michigan Conservative Coalition, was a huge success.
Instead of addressing the concerns of the thousands of citizens protesting her iron-fisted approach to containing the spread of coronavirus, Governor Whitmer accused the protesters of being reckless. Whitmer focused on the small group of people standing in front of the Capitol building, suggesting that they could have been spreading the coronavirus. Whitmer took it a step further and threatened that the protester’s actions may cause her to extend the lockdown.
Today, four Michigan Sheriffs from different northern Michigan counties that include popular vacation destinations for Michiganders, issued a statement, warning that they will not enforce Governor Whitmer’s confusing and vague orders.
The statement: Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich, Benzie County Sheriff Ted Schendel, Manistee County Sheriff Ken Falk and Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole said in a statement Wednesday they will not enforce some of Whitmer’s emergency orders, describing them as confusing and “vague,”
“We write today to inform the public for our respective counties of our opposition to some of Governor Whitmer’s executive orders,” the sheriffs said in a press release.
“While we understand her desire to protect the public, we question some restrictions that she has imposed as overstepping her executive authority,” the sheriffs wrote. “She has created a vague framework of emergency laws that only confuse Michigan citizens.”
The sheriffs said they will instead “deal with every case as an individual situation and apply common sense.”
“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 statement reads. “We believe that we are the last line of defense in protecting your civil liberties.”
“Our focus needs to be on reopening our counties and getting people back to work. We also need to be aware that this virus is deadly and that we need to continue to practice social distancing, washing of hands, wearing of masks as well as other medically recommended measures,” they said.
“Together, as a community, we will overcome this pandemic, and as Americans, we will persevere and come out stronger than before. As sheriffs of your community, we want you to know we have your back and will continue to serve the people who have entrusted us with your protection.”
Here is the press release from the Benzie County Sheriff’s Office.