If freedom was a slam dunk, Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen Whitmer might not be Michael Jordan. So many have suspected such is true, the state capitol’s seen April protests like this:
As I covered April 30th, in response to the citizenry, Gretchen extended her stay-at-home order for another month.
But as it turns out, people don’t wanna do that. So in increasing numbers, they’re moving about.
In fact, as reported by The New York Times, between May 1st and May 8th, approximately 1 million more people started whippin’ around Michigan.
Here’s The Daily Caller with more:
The number of people who stayed home dropped nearly 11 percentage points during the first week of May compared to the prior six weeks, when half of the state’s residents sheltered in place, The NYT’s analysis showed.
Gretchen began layin’ down the lockdown law in March, and this past Monday, she took to the mic to once again tell everyone they have to do what she says.
From her May 11th press conference:
“These executive orders are not a suggestion. They’re not optional. They’re not helpful hints.”
Got that, Michiganians?
As noted by TDC, the Great Lakes State is one of 27 states under lockdown. Meanwhile, ten shuttered states have begun reopening.
As for Michigan’s coronavirus condition, at the time of this writing, the state’s seen 4,714 deaths out of 48,391 cases. To put it in perspective, that’s 4,845 cases per million. By contrast, New York’s suffered 18,035 per million and California’s had 1,845 per.
And amid Gretchen’s controversial clampdown, Republican lawmakers have filed suit over emergency powers.
From my April 30th write-up:
The Republican-led chamber rejected Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lockdown extension, which would keep the state shuttered ’til May 28th.
Additionally, it voted on a package of bills that would change the way the state deals with the pandemic.
Moreover, it approved a lawsuit in challenge to Gretchen’s authority.
The House passed bills aimed at replacing orders issued by the governor with laws passed via the normal legislative method.
It seems to me that, on a certainly small scale, parts of America are seeing a civil war of sorts — there is great conflict between the increasingly-resistant populace and authoritarian leadership and law enforcement.
Back to Michigan, it appears the governor’s losing her grip — on the people who voted her in. They’re rebelling at growing rates, as the politician — who’s been in office little more than a year — may be perhaps canceling any possibility of a second term.
When it comes to pulling the lever for her at the polls next go ’round, I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s one time a lot of people stay home.
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