Governor Gretchen Whitmer infringed upon religious liberty in her latest executive order issued on Thursday afternoon.
Whitmer has effectively banned Easter gatherings among family members, even if they take precautions during those gatherings. This law will remain in effect until May 1, but she warns that normalcy will not be returning on that date. She will not be giving up her newfound emergency dictatorial powers that easily.
“This doesn’t mean everything will go back to normal on May 1,” Whitmer said during a press conference.
“But based on the data we have right now, this is the appropriate window for an extension. It will take time to safely and responsibly re-open the economy, which is why we will continue to provide critical unemployment support and assistance to our small businesses during this challenging time. We will get through this if we all continue to do our part,” she added.
Under the new order, residents are allowed to leave the state but can no longer travel between domiciles within the state. All other travel deemed non-essential has been banned as well. In addition, selling gardening supplies has been banned as well, making it so that Michigan residents cannot be self-sufficient and must be dependent upon the state during this pandemic.
Whitmer, who is auditioning to be Vice President under presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden, is crediting herself and her Soviet-style authoritarianism with saving lives.
“We can also protect critical infrastructure workers like doctors, nurses, grocery store employees, and child care workers. Now more than ever, it’s crucial that people stay home and stay safe,” she said.
Republican leaders in Lansing are starting to push back against Whitmer’s overreach, despite the fact that they did enable her to keep the stay-at-home order in place earlier in the week.
“People in our state are hurting. Family-owned businesses have been run to the ground & hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs because of it. Unemployment is skyrocketing & our government has not been there to answer the call. We deserve better! This is unacceptable,” wrote House Majority Speaker Lee Chatfield of Levering in a tweet.
“Gov. Whitmer’s decision to extend the stay-at-home order for another three weeks without commonsense revisions will unnecessarily hurt regions of our state and sectors of our economy that can operate safely,” Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey of Clark Lake wrote in a Tweet.
Normalcy may never return in the state of Michigan, or the rest of America, by the time the pandemic finally dies down.