This has been a long time coming. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been on a long dictatorial streak since the CoVid-19 situation gave her an excuse to take unilateral control of her entire state.
It’s been insane, and folks in Michigan have been trying to reign her in for months (you can see more about that here). While freedom-loving people in Michigan have had some success, Whitmer was able to turn back around and use another tactic to retain authoritarian control. Stalin would have been proud.
Fortunately, though, the Michigan legislature made a move that Whitmer can’t veto. Zachary Stieber writes,
Michigan’s Senate on Thursday approved a petition that repeals Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers, with another approval expected by the state’s lower chamber.
Whitmer, a Democrat, cannot veto the petition.
The Michigan Senate’s 20-15 vote came two days after the Board of State Canvassers certified the petition, which was started by a group called Unlock Michigan that gathered over 340,000 signatures.
The board deadlocked 2-2 in April but voted 3-0 this time around.
The petition took aim at the 1945 Emergency Powers Act that enabled Whitmer to impose harsh restrictions on state residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Republicans on the Senate floor before the vote praised the petition and said it was needed to curb Whitmer’s power.
“This initiative represents a people’s veto of this governor and the unlimited power that she’s tried to claim during this pandemic,” state Sen. Tom Barrett, a Republican, told colleagues.
Of course, Democrats who opposed this move said that Whitmer needed to have strict executive control during emergencies to protect people, and if she had been even remotely reasonable (and had abided by her own rules instead of being caught breaking them), then that might be a conversation worth having. But Whitmer wasn’t reasonable or rational about it. She was a dictator. (No doubt those Democrats would have felt differently if it had been a Republican governor in office, too.)
This is a good move for the people of Michigan. Now, they need to make sure that the next round of people who are elected into office have some rationality and sense, too.