Looks like Michiganders continue to lead the way when it comes to facing down politicians who imagine themselves above the Constitution. We see a lot of decisions that have nothing to do with protecting people from the virus. How is it in Michigan you can buy a bottle of booze (which depresses the immune system) but you can’t buy a can of paint? We will follow reasonable guidance but we will not accept idiotic power grabs that have nothing to do with the issue at hand.
A group of sheriffs announced they will not enforce some of Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders on the same day thousands rallied against state-mandated shelter-in-place orders outside the state Capitol in Lansing.
Sheriffs Mike Borkovich, Ted Schendel, Ken Falk, and Kim Cole of Michigan’s 101st District released a press statement Wednesday afternoon detailing what they said was their decision to place their oath to the Constitution above Whitmer’s wishes.
“We write today to inform the public for our respective counties of our opposition to some of Governor Whitmer’s executive orders. While we understand her desire to protect the public, we question some restrictions that she has imposed as overstepping her executive authority,” read the letter signed by each sheriff.
Hundreds of thousands signed petitions and joined online groups to voice their frustration with Whitmer’s orders and to organize protests. Whitmer enacted the stay-at-home policy on March 22 and has been met with criticism from small-business owners and the unemployed.
“People are basically being told what they can and can’t buy at stores,” said Matt Seely, a member of the Michigan Conservative Coalition who rallied outside the state Capitol. “Nothing makes sense. You can buy a bottle of liquor, but you can’t buy a gallon of paint.”