This week a new executive order from Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer takes effect. Her order mandates the use of masks both indoors and out. The order includes threat of fines to anyone who violates the order. The order also threatens the licenses of businesses who do not refuse service to customers who do not follow the order.
Leaked email correspondence with the Sheriff indicates he’s unwilling to enforce the order. He says plainly that the order “is not a law” but says the department will respond to complaints and calls for service. Various Sheriffs across the country have publicly stated they will not enforce Governor mandated mask orders, explaining that executive orders are not law.
In this country, laws have always been created by the legislature. Governor Whitmer’s mask order defies precedent and borders on tyranny. She’s basically taken over the role of the legislature and decided to write her own laws in an authoritarian manner. Business owners are pressured to do the bidding of the Governor, regardless of whether or not they agree, under threat of losing their business licenses.
The state has been fighting back against Whitmer’s excessive executive orders. She’s used the Emergency Powers of Governor Act, passed in 1945, to impose emergency restrictions on the state. Legislators have submitted bills to revoke the Governor’s special power.
The Governor has come under intense pressure recently as her state shutdown order passes it’s 90th day after promises of just 15 days to stop the spread. Whitmer is facing numerous lawsuits. Her administration recently lost a Michigan Supreme Court case against Owosso barbershop owner who defied her order. The State Board of Canvassers has also officially moved into the middle phases of their recall effort. The recall petition is expected to far surpass the nearly 1 million signatures required for a recall.
The Board of State Canvassers has recently completed a draft of recall language that has since passed approval. Once signature collection begins on July 29th, the petition must get just over one million signatures.