Pushback on Extended, and More Intrusive, Stay-at-Home Orders
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
Michigan is becoming a center of anti-closure activity, with protestors pushing back against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s (D) sweeping executive orders that go so far as to tell larger retail stores what they can and cannot sell:
Close areas of the store—by cordoning them off, placing signs in aisles, posting prominent signs, removing goods from shelves, or other appropriate means—that are dedicated to the following classes of goods:
- (A) Carpet or flooring.
- (B) Furniture.
- (C) Garden centers and plant nurseries.
- (D) Paint.
Whitmer’s orders have even drawn criticism from some liberal commentators:
So, in a time in which people feel insecure about their food sources due to depleted grocery shelves, and may find themselves drawn to the idea of a modicum of self-sufficiency by home-growing vegetables, their governor impedes their access to seeds. Yes, seeds can be bought online, if you can find them — Amazon and Burpees and some other big sellers are sold out of most things — but this measure is unnecessary. True, the fewer items for sale, the fewer people will come to the store. It may seem justified. Please also know that booze, weed, and lottery tickets are still available for sale.
That’s right: Michigan residents may not be allowed to buy paint or vegetable seeds, but they can buy all the lottery tickets they want. The state uses lottery profits to fund education, so such sales must be “essential.”
Another development to watch: whether local sheriffs balk at enforcing more intrusive containment orders. In Michigan, four local sheriffs have said they will not strictly enforce the Governor’s orders, and will instead use “common sense” when addressing apparent violations.