The Wicked Witch of the North, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, has let her power as governor go to her head (power she has seized unconstitutionally, I might add). She has relished the opportunity to assert her authority over the lives of Michiganders. Her arbitrary lockdowns have made her a nationwide political figure and even drew the attention of Joe Biden, who is rumored to have considered her to be his running mate before picking Kamala Harris.
Now she is back at it again. She is using the latest rise in coronavirus cases to arbitrarily defy a previous Michigan Supreme Court ruling that knocked down her previous emergency shutdown order.
MLive reported that Whitmer’s latest order “sets a three-week period of new restrictions, including a ban on in-person learning at colleges and high schools and the suspension of high school sports and dine-in service at Michigan restaurants and bars. Remote work is required if that is possible for the employee.
The restrictions will take effect on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and last through the Thanksgiving holiday and until Dec. 8
Indoor gatherings remain limited to 10 people, but no more than two households can meet in the same place. Outdoor gathering limits have shrunk to 25 people, which includes funerals.”
So, if you live in Michigan, you’d better hope one of your loved ones doesn’t die in the next few weeks. Queen Whitmer has decreed that you will only be able to have a small funeral, regardless of how many lifetime friends and family of the deceased would like to pay their respects.
Also, Thanksgiving is essentially canceled under her latest order. Gone are the days when the extended family got together to stuff their faces with turkey and mashed potatoes while watching football. When giving thanks this Thanksgiving, surrounded by only immediate family members and wearing a mask between bites, you must not forget to thank Gretchen Whitmer. After all, she saved your life by shutting down the state.
In April, Whitmer issued a draconian executive order that prevented Michiganders from visiting friends and families and also forbade them from going to cabins and rental properties in Northern Michigan.
The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board wrote, “When the coronavirus hit the state this spring, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer drew complaints for the seemingly arbitrary nature of her lockdown orders. Stores were told to cordon off nonessential sections. You could buy lottery tickets, but not paint or gardening supplies.”
It is amazing to me that Republican state legislatures just roll over and play dead for Democrat governors like Gretchen Whitmer. They have abdicated their authority under their state constitutions. Governor Whitmer is dictating how many people are allowed to be on someone’s private property, and yet the Right does not adequately fight back.
James Madison once wrote that “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government, which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.”
Recently, the Michigan State Supreme Court struck down her illegal executive orders, ruling that they are now null and void. The court ruled that any emergency order issued after April 30 is no longer valid because Governor Whitmer failed to work with the Michigan State Legislator to pass new legislation that would carry legal weight.
But now she is doing it again. This time she is hiding behind a law that says that the Director of the Michigan Department of Health can take extreme measures to combat a public health emergency.
It is time for a suit be brought by Republican state legislatures before the United States Supreme Court. Violation of private property rights is a violation of the U.S. Constitution and defies one of the bedrock principles on which our country was founded.
It is time to stop playing games. The people of this country need to take their country and their lives back. Here, in this land, the people rule, not the politicians.
Whitmer could use a reminder of that simple truth.