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    Michigan Legislature Closes to Avoid Gathering of Lockdown Protesters

    Michigan Legislature Closes to Avoid Gathering of Lockdown Protesters

    Michigan is a hot mess

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LsHxizAUY4

    Michigan is a hot mess. See here, here, here, here, here, and here.

    Thursday, Mary blogged about a lockdown protest, which by all appearances, seemed perfectly rational and understandable, given the circumstances.

    From MLive:

    We are not the “rednecks” the media portray us to be, said an organizer of Lansing protest against Michigan’s coronavirus-prompted stay-home orders told the crowd.

    “We’re still showing up, we’re not going away,” ‚34-year-old Wendy Darling of Ann Arbor, who identified herself as the founder of Michigan United for Liberty, the group behind the rally. “We won’t be bullied, we won’t be harassed … We’re not going away until Gov. Whitmer resigns from office, gets impeached gets recalled — that’s what we want. We want Michigan open.”

    One person held a sign that said, “Whitmer is the virus.”

    Mike Gibson told MLive.com that “he would have been standing in the same spot had former Gov. Rick Snyder” issued the same lockdown restrictions:

    “The Constitution is meant to put shackles on government,” he said. “That is an American concept. It shouldn’t matter what party you belong to.”

    He’s not expecting the rally to impact Whitmer’s decision making.

    Whitmer “will most likely extend everything,” Gibson said. “That was her intent from the beginning. I don’t think this will stop or dissuade her.”

    He equated his attendance to a 150-pound woman fighting off a 300-pound assailant in a back alley.

    “The 150-pound woman doesn’t just lay there and get beat; she needs to defend herself,” he said. “That’s pretty much the extent of it, for why you have to speak up. Because you have illegal actions from a politician that violate natural law.”

    We’re the 150-pound woman and the assailant is the government, Gibson said.

    Because of the protests, Michigan’s legislature called an early end to their session. From Bloomberg (which explains the skewed language):

    Michigan closed down its capitol in Lansing on Thursday and canceled its legislative session rather than face the possibility of an armed protest and death threats against Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.

    The gathering, meant to advocate opening the state for business despite the coronavirus pandemic, followed one April 30 that resulted in pictures of protesters clad in military-style gear and carrying long guns crowding the statehouse. They confronted police and taunted lawmakers.

    “Taunted lawmakers.” Gee, if only lawmakers worked for us… if only… Bloomberg ctd:

    The shutdown was done with little fanfare at the end of Wednesday’s State Senate session. About 4:30 p.m., lawmakers in the Republican-majority chamber simply adjourned until Tuesday rather than call the next previously scheduled meeting for Thursday morning at 10 a.m. The Michigan State Police are closing the buildings due to the coronavirus, said spokesman Lieutenant Brian Oleksyk.

    For the past week, lawmakers have been debating how to safely enable lawmakers to work and vote in session while the state’s laws allow people to bring firearms into the capitol building. The debate grew more tense in recent days as some lawmakers read about threats to the governor’s life on social media, which were published in the Detroit Metro Times.

    Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued an opinion on May 11 saying that the State Capitol Commission — a body of six lawmakers who oversee the building and its grounds — could ban firearms. The commission voted to study a ban this week, but took no action.

    Thursday’s protest, billed as “Judgment Day,” was organized by the right-wing group Michigan United for Liberty, which is protesting the state’s extended stay-at-home order. Whitmer pushed the order to the end of May while giving automakers, their suppliers and other manufacturers the green light to go back to work. On its Facebook page, the group posted a memo asking that protesters remain peaceful.

    “The group posted a memo asking protesters remain peaceful.” Talk about a buried lede, but anyway. Michigan needs to get their ish together.

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    Hopefully the protesters will recognize three things quickly:

    1. Each and every one of those legislators, and their staffs, lives somewhere.

    2. Each legislator had to file public documents listing their actual address to prove they live within the district. This doesn’t even count all the guerrilla ways to find them on line or otherwise.

    3. Those legislators thought they were unsafe meeting in the Capitol Building where security measures were easy to implement in a small area. They’re going to quickly meet the reality that a security force split up into a hundred penny packets all over the state, on ground at least some of the protesters know better than the security staff, is even less secure.

    Consent of the governed should have real meaning. There are some citizens in Michigan that emphasize that. The “leaders” better pay attention. Do not close up, go home, put on their flannel footie pajamas and hide under the covers.


     
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    Nana Star | May 19, 2020 at 12:37 am

    I lived in Michigan all my life until the last 7 years. It is a beautiful state but it is sad to see how it is being governed now! Being a full time resident in Florida now, we are opening up and starting to look like it used to be before Covid 19 is so refreshing. It gives us hope that all might not be lost.

    My heart goes out to those who are having to tolerate a governor that rules with an iron fist. It ruins the states imagine and I have to think it threatens their tourist season. Which is now just St arting with the Spring season. Your state government is a mess. Who in the heck put these tyrants in office. I think you are now reaping what you sowed back in the voting booth two years ago. I am glad I don’t live there any longer. I feel sorrow for a state that doesn’t deserve the pattern that is being set by the Democrats that they ignorantly voted into office. Democrats have ruined the state and for some reason that will never change. The state is doomed to be forever a victim of bad decisions in the voting booth.


     
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    Nana Star | May 19, 2020 at 12:40 am

    I lived in Michigan all my life until the last 7 years. It is a beautiful state but it is sad to see how it is being governed now! Being a full time resident in Florida now, we are opening up and starting to look like it used to be before Covid 19 is so refreshing. It gives us hope that all might not be lost.

    My heart goes out to those who are having to tolerate a governor that rules with an iron fist. It ruins the states imagine and I have to think it threatens their tourist season. Which is now just Starting with the Spring season. Your state government is a mess. Who in the heck put these tyrants in office. I think you are now reaping what you sowed back in the voting booth two years ago. I am glad I don’t live there any longer. I feel sorrow for a state that doesn’t deserve the pattern that is being set by the Democrats that they ignorantly voted into office. Democrats have ruined the state and for some reason that will never change. The state is doomed to be forever a victim of bad decisions made by the voters.


     
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    Nana Star | May 19, 2020 at 12:42 am

    I lived in Michigan all my life until the last 7 years. It is a beautiful state but it is sad to see how it is being governed now! Being a full time resident in Florida now, we are opening up and starting to look like it used to be before Covid 19 is so refreshing. It gives us hope that all might not be lost.

    My heart goes out to those who are having to tolerate a governor that rules with an iron fist. It ruins the states imagine and I have to think it threatens their tourist season. Which is now just Starting with the Spring season. Your state government is a mess. Who in the heck put these tyrants in office. I think you are now reaping what you sowed back in the voting booth two years ago. I am glad I don’t live there any longer. I feel sorrow for a state that doesn’t deserve the pattern that is being set by the Democrats that they ignorantly voted into office. Democrats have ruined the state and for some reason that will never change. Same tyrant rules just different people implementing them.


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