Michigan Gov. Whitmer Faces Senate And House Determined To Shut Down Her Power Grab
As Michigan has dealt with the coronavirus outbreak, one of the harder-hit states, in the name of protecting her people, Governor Whitmer decided it was in her state’s best interest to use this moment to take away the civil rights of the people.
Michigan Legislature has scheduled a special session for Friday to create an oversight committee to review Whitmer’s coronavirus orders and possibly strip her of some of her powers, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Critics have accused Whitmer, a 48-year-old first-term Democratic governor, of overstepping her authority with a series of measures intended to stem the spread of coronavirus in the state. April 9 revisions to her initial stay-at-home order included bans on visiting friends and relatives or traveling to vacation homes and halts on sales of items such as furniture and gardening supplies.
The draconian measures she has taken have been the most restricting of any state. This has not sat well with many citizens of her state, finding such actions, such as restricting constitutional rights as an infringement on everything that makes the American way of life. While public safety is of utmost concern, this does not give her or any governor the right to suspend rights that are granted to every American. Further, to go beyond what is logical, now taking away isles in grocery stores because they sell greeting cards or paint, this was a step too for her citizens, they started to protest.
What is more surprising is her blindness to the reality around her. It is not about safety; it has only ever been about promoting her far-leftist agenda.
In a podcast interview, she also said abortions should continue in the state during the virus outbreak because the procedures were part of “life-sustaining” health care for women.
Also, Whitmer came under fire after a no-bid coronavirus-related state contract was awarded to a firm operated by a well-known Democratic consultant who had written that President Trump should “get coronavirus ASAP.” Whitmer’s office later acknowledged that the contract was awarded without adhering to standard protocols.
The state legislators had finally had enough, now are looking to convene and oversee her response to the crises and see if her powers need to be curbed.
Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, explained the point of Friday’s planned sessionMichigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, explained the point of Friday’s planned session in a Twitter message.
“The House & Senate will convene tomorrow to create a special oversight committee on COVID-19 to examine our government’s response,” he wrote. “Michigan needs to handle this pandemic seriously yet properly. It’s what the people deserve, and we will see that it happens.”
In another tweet, he called into question her priorities, questioning why Marijuana, the lottery, and alcohol were considered essential, but lawn care, construction, fishing if boating with a motor, realtors, buying seeds, and home improvement weren’t.
There is a movement growing in Michigan to recall this governor; while the state is locked down, she doesn’t have much to fear from such a campaign, but when the gates are open, she could have a significant problem on her hands.
In response to her latest move, an extension of the stay at home orders until May 15, protesters gathered outside the home of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday — the same day reports emerged that she plans to extend the state’s coronavirus stay-at-home order by two weeks until May 15.
The demonstration, dubbed “Operation Queen’s Castle,” featured an image of Whitmer wearing a crown, FOX 2 of Detroit reported.
“We wanted to send Gretchen Whitmer a message; we didn’t want to surrender our liberties just for a little temporary safety,” Brian Pannebecker, who helped organize the protest, told the station.