We are currently at a historic crossroad within our state.
Our governor has taken it upon herself, to bestow her office with virtually unlimited power and authority.
She has utilized that to imprison our fellow citizens within their own homes, unilaterally decided which Michiganians are essential along with those of us who are not, has placed the health and safety of our most vulnerable population in mortal danger for the sake of her own bureaucratic convenience, has significantly damaged Michigan’s economy through a series of contradictory and mystifying executive orders and has turned Michiganian against Michiganian via the same.
The side effects of having an unrepentant lawbreaker as a governor.
Something occurred to me this morning.
One of the ways in which government has been able to operate at a board level is by Zoom, of some other streaming service. The problem with this however, was the ways in which the streaming option limited the ability of those who wish to attend meetings and keep government open and transparent.
Acting under the Michigan Constitution of 1963 and Michigan law, I order the following:
Effective immediately and continuing until April 15, 2020 at 11:59 pm, to the extent that the Open Meetings Act, 1976 PA 267, as amended, MCL 15.261 to 15.272 (“OMA”) requires that a meeting of a public body be held in a physical place available to the general public or requires the physical presence of one or more members of a public body, strict compliance with section 3 of the OMA, MCL 15.263, is temporarily suspended in order to alleviate any such physical-place or physical-presence requirements, as follows:
Etc., and so on.. (feel free to follow through and see the conditions)
The order allows forms of electronic meetings that would not otherwise be allowed under legislative authority without the power assumed by the governor. It essentially kept local governments ability to operate under ‘stay home’ conditions that might arise.
While driving around last weekend, I noticed something unexpected that I didn’t pick up on right away.
Business that were deemed “unessential”, had opened up, some with customers seen entering and exiting.
Families, some with small children were seen walking around and playing in parks.
And before people think that I’m narcing on business in Macomb County, quick reminder I drive…a lot! This didn’t take place in Macomb. ‘Nuff said there.
Yesterday afternoon, I spent some time with family and we ended walking up to the local park.
One of my younger family members had asked me about what was happening, why they were not in school and things like that.
I attempted to explain to them as simply as I could about what happens. I explained to them that people try to act as best as they can based on the information available. I also told them that when people get scared, despite the information available, they make choices which make absolutely no sense. I tried to break it down as best as I could, but despite my best attempts, I don’t think that they got it.
By that point, we had gotten to the playground and they had lost interest. We watched them for about an hour running around, and even gasp, playing with other children from that area. The other parents were not objecting.
That brought a smile to my face once the realization kicked in was occurring. People have had enough. People are not waiting for permission.
Hopefully, this is a trend that will continue to grow as the week progresses.