California has long served as a prime example of government overreach. If an individual is searching for contemporary instances where a state and/or local government has ran afoul of citizen’s liberties, vastly expanded their powers, or engaged in any constitutionally questionable endeavors, it is almost certain that California will appear in that individual’s data.
With the recent coronavirus outbreak, however, Michigan has been making headlines for its despotic developments.
During the lock down Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) has implemented measures such as but not limited to:
- Banning people from traveling between homes they own
- Ordering the shutdown of “non-essential” sections of stores that were allowed to operate
- Ordering stores to “refrain from the advertising or promotion of goods that are not groceries, medical supplies, or items that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and basic operation of residences.”
- Ordering stores with >50,0000 square feet to allot at least 2 hours of shopping time per week to only the “vulnerable” groups.
Yet, the lockdown orders don’t fully encompass the sheer magnitude of the governor’s tyrannical streak.
Recently, Whitmer had the barber licence of Karl Manke suspended after he opened up his business in order to pay his bills. It should be noted that the suspension came after a failed attempt to shutdown Manke with a court order.
Furthermore, Whitmer called for people to dissuade Michigan lockdown protesters and implied the protester’s actions are jeopardizing lifting the lockdown.
Whitmer’s measures have been met with some push-back aside from protests. The Michigan state legislature brought forth a lawsuit of their own challenging the legal validity of Whitmer’s lockdown.
Likewise, health care facilities have filed a lawsuit against Whitmer to account for the encroachments of rights and liberties as a result of her lockdown.
The collateral damage wrecked to those in the medical field and in need of medical help is also noteworthy. Patients with non-coronavirus ailments have been relegated to waiting until their conditions become life threatening before being able to seek treatment.
There has also been tremendous financial losses suffered from hospitals. According to a report from mlive:
The Michigan Health and Hospital Association estimated hospitals are losing more than $300 million a week while spending $100 million on supplies, protective equipment, staffing and other costs associated with a surge of COVID-19 patients.
While it is uncertain how long the state will continue its Leviathan bound trend, at a time where there are many flagrant demonstrations of heavy-handed government acts scattered across the United States, Michigan has cemented its spot as one of the most damning examples.