After only two cases of coronavirus were detected in Michigan, the far-left governor, Gretchen Whitmer, began shutting down all K-12 schools, followed by restaurants for dine-in service, bars, gyms, and theaters that must abide by a limit of less than 250 people. Churches and other places of worship were also forced to shut down after Governor Whitmer declared it a crime for groups of 250 or more to congregate in one space.
The Detroit Free Press explains – Michigan bars and restaurants, as well as gyms, spas, theaters, and other public spaces, were ordered closed starting at 3 p.m. Monday, except for restaurant delivery and carry-out services, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the governor’s office announced.
The executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is effective through March 30.
It applies to:
- Restaurants, cafes, coffee houses, bars, taverns, brewpubs, distilleries and clubs
- Movie theaters
- Indoor and outdoor performance venues
- Gymnasiums, fitness centers, recreation centers, indoor sports facilities, indoor exercise facilities, exercise studios and spas
Recently, during an interview with local radio host, Michael Patrick Shiels, Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer admitted she wouldn’t rule out enacting martial law in Michigan, as a way to address the coronavirus outbreak.
“Could we get to a position where it’s sort of like martial law, where everything is closed and everybody stays home, like it is in Italy, for instance ,where you only have the hospitals and the drug stores open?” Shiels asked Democrat Governor Whitmer.
The far-left governor responded, “I think we have to make decisions based on where the facts and science dictate,” Whitmer said. “At this juncture it is too early to make any statements. It wouldn’t be responsible to make any statements on that front.”
Last night, during an interview with MSNBC, Governor Gretchen Whitmer criticized President Trump over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the “federal government did not take this seriously early on,” claiming that governors of states are now forced to enact draconian measures on their citizens.
— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) March 17, 2020
President Trump responded to attacks by the media for responding to Whitmer’s attacks on him in a tweet, where he called her a “failing governor,” telling them that he has to respond himself because Democrats have the media on their side.
— Team Trump (Text SHAMROCK to 88022) (@TeamTrump) March 17, 2020
For the sake of comparison, the average number of deaths worldwide for rabies (for which there is a vaccine) is higher than the average death rate for coronavirus. The last time we checked, no sane governor in America is locking down churches and schools over fears of rabies killing citizens of their state.
MI political commentator, Dennis Lennox wrote about Governor Whitmer’s almost, or de facto martial law ruling in a Detroit News opinion piece.
In his opinion piece, Lennox argued that martial law would at least give some element of certainty to the wide-ranging actions taken by Whitmer in response to the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.
Right now, many Michigan residents, including business owners targeted by restrictions or closures, are living or doing business in a de facto state of martial law.
Will Whitmer or Attorney General Dana Nessel, who herself has threatened criminal charges against those who defy the state’s orders, send the State Police to close the few churches that dare provide the means of grace to the faithful? Moreover, what steps have been taken to ensure that local authorities don’t overact and abuse their authority by reading the riot act? As of now, the state has refused to take this kind of draconian response off the table.
Where are the civil libertarians, particularly the American Civil Liberties Union? If there were ever a time to affirm the rights and liberties of Michigan residents, it’s now.
To be clear, everyone has a responsibility to take reasonable care and precautions to minimize the risk to themselves and others from COVID-19. Now isn’t the time to take reckless actions that endanger the public health and order.
At the same time, state authorities must realize they are essentially pouring fuel on the fire as the kind of actions that Whitmer has taken only contribute to public hysteria.
If the pandemic is as gravely serious as apolitical public health experts suggest, then a declaration of martial law may be in order. Otherwise, the exercise of the state’s wide-ranging authority — in legal parlance, its police powers — without such a declaration could result in a dangerous erosion of constitutional rights and liberties.
It’s highly likely that the good-looking and sometimes charismatic governor, who’s spent most of her life in politics will be Joe Biden’s pick for a running mate. Trump won Michigan in 2016 and Democrats who see their grip on blue-collar workers slipping, must win the state of Michigan in 2020 if they have any chance of preventing President Trump from 4 more successful years as our president.
The Russian hoax didn’t work, the Ukraine impeachment sham blew up in the faces of Democrats after Trump was completely exonerated of the false charges by the partisan House. The only hope Democrats now have of recapturing the executive office is hinging on catastrophic economic loss for millions of Americans over an irrational panic over the coronavirus, spurred by the media. Iron-fisted Democrats like Gretchen Whitmer who’ve enacted draconian measures on the good citizens of Michigan, with no plan to fund workers or businesses affected by her decisions to shut them down, will look like heroes until people realize how quickly our freedom and our rights can be stripped away by overzealous lawmakers.
Americans should be thanking President Trump for dealing with the spread of coronavirus in a calm and rational matter and most of all, we should be thankful for a president who refuses to strip us of our rights and freedoms as a first resort.