We are in a peculiar place here in America, smack dab in the middle of this global pandemic.
We are a free nation, perhaps the freest in the entire history of the world, yet, in order to beat this dastardly coronavirus scourge we must comply with some seriously authoritarian restrictions. Curfews have been enacted, a great many businesses have been shuttered, and, in places like Michigan, people aren’t even allowed to visit sections of stores that contain items deemed “non-essential”.
That’s why the people of The Wolverine State have gathered in gridlock today at their Capitol.
Dubbed “Operation Gridlock” and organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition, the protest did just that – creating bumper-to-bumper traffic throughout downtown Lansing as demonstrators blasted their horns, waved Americans flags and hoisted placards deriding Whitmer’s orders and demanding that she reopen the state’s economy.
The lockdown measures are meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, but Whitmer has gone further than some other governors — and the backlash in Michigan is among the most heated in the country.
The order stated that Michiganders would not be allowed to gather with family, or with anyone in public until the restrictions were lifted by the government.
This didn’t sit well with many citizens.
“Quarantine is when you restrict movement of sick people. Tyranny is when you restrict the movement of healthy people,” Meshawn Maddock, an organizer of “Operation Gridlock” with the Michigan Conservative Coalition, told Fox News. “Every person has learned a harsh lesson about social distancing. We don’t need a nanny state to tell people how to be careful.”
One of the driving forces behind the protest was the hope that the Governor would begin to redefine what businesses are deemed “essential” and “non essential”, in order to possibly reopen at least one part of the economy.
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