Barr took criticism this week after he called the COVID-19 lockdown orders the “greatest intrusion on civil liberties in American History” since slavery, which was a “different kind of restraint.” His comments were made at an event hosted by Hillsdale College in Virginia.
“This is another unhinged distraction, and it’s deeply disturbing that our chief law enforcement officer is propagating it,” Whitmer said from the backyard of the governor’s residence in Lansing.
Tomorrow begins that part of the process where our state’s highest court decides whether it agrees with our laws and constitution. It will decide whether it will join the executive branch and perform legal ju-jitsu to ‘protect’ Michigan citizens from the pandemic, or whether it will take the absolute legal and uncomfortable route of holding each of the branches to the purposefully limited and separated authority they wield.
There are reasons each branch of our government hold powers that are separate and distinct. This pandemic has very much revealed what happens when that separation is not upheld immediately. People through no act of their own will die needlessly.
A case before the Michigan Supreme Court suggest as much. An opinion piece in USA today highlights the plaintiff’s many concerns for the patients under his care.
One of my patients came to see me when he felt like he had nowhere else to turn. The governor’s orders prevented him from getting regular treatment for his diabetes. By the time he came to me, he was in a full-on medical emergency. He told me about an odor coming from his foot — it turned out to be gangrene. His kidneys were in full-blown failure.
We rushed him to the nearest hospital, but it was too late. His foot had to be amputated. And then, just days later, he died from complications.
None of this trauma had to happen. But happen it did, because of shortsighted executive orders issued unilaterally by Gov. Whitmer.
Irresponsible action from the governor, and the slow-to-act courts have resulted in misery and death for Michiganians.
Add to this the already huge death numbers of those exposed to the China virus in nursing homes due to the governor’s actions, it should give pause to those who think government protects us in any meaningful way. Clearly we cannot put our faith in those who are willing to break the law, if even ‘for our own good.’
Malfeasance and criminal disregard for the law must have consequence.
Such a concept is no stranger to the rest of us. Should it give pause to the state’s highest court as deliberations are made? Should the court waffle in it’s responsibilities in order to protect the sanctity of absolute government authority, or should it uphold the law which renders government leaders accountable and responsible?
And should an affirmative verdict that the governor has broken the law be issued, what are the consequences? What should they be?
We know. We know what the answer is.
And it should never have to be decided in such a way again.
For a long time, those of us on the right have suspected that voter fraud is widespread on the left. There have been plenty of isolated cases where fraud has been proved, but these were usually small or amateurish. This allowed democrats to claim that voter fraud was rare and oppose measures to secure elections, branding them ‘voter suppression’.
That all changed a week ago with the publication of a bombshell article in the New York Post.
A democrat operative from New Jersey, speaking anonymously, has exposed the democrats’ operation. They collect ballots from unsuspecting voters (ballot harvesting), then steam open the envelopes, and replace the ballots with copies they have filled in. Postal employees can also collect ballots from the mail do the same thing, or just destroy them. Nursing home employees can also “help” the elderly fill out ballots. Homeless people can be bribed to vote their way.
The right has focused most on voter impersonation, while mail vote fraud has always been a bigger threat. Nonetheless, impersonation is also one of their tactics.
So what can we do? The most secure way to vote is in person. If you can’t vote in person, fill out your absentee ballot and bring it to your local clerk yourself. You absolutely should not trust anyone you don’t know (including postal employees) with your ballot. Then make sure your friends know this as well.
The nonpartisan coalition includes people like Bill Rustem, who served as Policy Director under former Republican governors William Milliken and Rick Snyder. Former Gov. Jim Blanchard, Sen. Debbie Stabenow and former Lt. Gov. John Cherry are also involved the group.