Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently signed an executive order about what can and can’t be done in the state until at least the end of this month. The EO forbids landscaping companies from conducting business and closes golf courses. Also, the in-store sales of items such as infant car seats, garden seeds, flooring and paint are also prohibited. Whitmer explained earlier today that the outdoor portions of her EO shouldn’t really matter to people anyway because it was snowing at the time she made the statement.
Some sheriffs in the state have seen and heard more than enough:
BREAKING: Four Michigan sheriffs refuse to enforce Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's stay-at-home order.
— Spencer Neale (@Spencer_Neale) April 15, 2020
Four Northern Michigan sheriffs said they will not have strict enforcement of the Gov. Whitmer's orders and will instead “deal with every case as an individual situation and apply common sense in assessing the apparent violation.”https://t.co/jP0mRQ8E8m via @manisteenews
— Joshua Mercer (@joshuamercer) April 15, 2020
“Apply common sense”? Wow, imagine that! Hopefully that catches on (we won’t hold our breath).
From the Washington Examiner:
Sheriffs Mike Borkovich, Ted Schendel, Ken Falk, and Kim Cole of Michigan’s 101st District released a press statement Wednesday afternoon detailing what they said was their decision to place their oath to the Constitution above the Whitmer’s wishes.
“We write today to inform the public for our respective counties of our opposition to some of Governor Whitmer’s executive orders. While we understand her desire to protect the public, we question some restrictions that she has imposed as overstepping her executive authority,” read the letter signed by each sheriff.
Well, there it is:
Government lockdowns only last as long as officials and the people allow them to. https://t.co/BepWv7mzpy
— jon gabriel (@exjon) April 15, 2020
“Sheriffs Mike Borkovich, Ted Schendel, Ken Falk, and Kim Cole of Michigan's 101st District released a press statement Wednesday afternoon detailing their decision to place their oath to the U.S. Constitution above @GovWhitmer’s wishes.” Well done. 🇺🇸 #MIpol https://t.co/6hkZG4JdGc
— Kersnuffle Actual 🧼🤲🤗 (@shoshido) April 15, 2020
More details from the Associated Press:
Four sheriffs in the northwestern Lower Peninsula called Whitmer’s orders a “vague framework of emergency laws” that are frustrating citizens. Leelanau County Sheriff Mike Borkovich said people don’t understand why they can’t take a child fishing in a motorboat but they can use a kayak.
“We’re trying to keep the peace with people. … The economy is coming apart in northern Michigan. People are upset,” Borkovich told The Associated Press. “People are frantic to get back to work. They have been very edgy.”
People are happy just to see somebody calling for a bit of common sense:
It’s about time. These orders are illegal unconstitutional orders. The sheriffs are right and just.
— Hippie in an MBA’s body (@jim_jhill1) April 15, 2020
Thats what I’m talking about 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 they swore an oath to the constitution, not the governor. Good for you gents👍
— Michael Vanderlinde (@realmikevan) April 15, 2020
Just four brave sheriffs upholding their oath to the constitution in defiance of the tyrannical orders of Michigan’s Gov. Whitmer.
Hope to see more of this as governors in other states impose tighter, more draconian measures on the people they supposedly work for. https://t.co/Jhbw7S9Bp9
— Zach Drake (@zachidrake) April 15, 2020
Good! They know what tyranny looks like. https://t.co/eIunt4vVHk
— D (@iamdamonwilson) April 15, 2020
@raleighpolice This is how you do it.
— Beat Farmer (@farmer_beet) April 15, 2020