Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Democrat and would-be dictator
Bring a gun to a knife fight: A coalition of five Michigan bowling alleys has sued Democratic Party Governor Gretchen Whitmer as well as the state’s Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon for shutting down their businesses for more than a year during the Wuhan panic without providing them any just compensation.
You can read the complaint here [pdf].
Plaintiff’s chief counsel David Kallman told The Epoch Times after the appeals court hearing…
“Michigan is the only state in the nation where a governor’s public health emergency powers were overturned as unconstitutional. If we lose in the court of appeals, we will take this case to the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Scott Bennett, executive director of the Independent Bowling and Entertainment Centers Association, told The Epoch Times: “The governor’s actions were devastating to our industry. Things went from ‘two weeks to slow the spread’ to indefinite shutdowns.”
Bennett said the forced closures weren’t based on solid scientific proof that bowling alleys and family entertainment centers would spread the virus any more than the Walmart stores or the GM plants that were allowed to remain open. “They were allowed to operate with hundreds and even thousands of people in them, but we had to shut down. We feel our industry was unfairly singled out.
“We cannot stand for a repeat of such arbitrary treatment and don’t want the people of Michigan to forget what was done to them.” [emphasis mine]
Note the highlighted sentences: Not only were Whitmer’s emergency powers illegal, they were irrationally arbitrary with no basis in science. The result has been the utter destruction of thousands of businesses in Michigan, for no good reason. This quote from one of the bowling alley owners says it all:
“It ripped my heart out. I am so bitter towards my government,” said owner Pete Tomassoni.
Tomassoni’s business suffered further because of its proximity to Wisconsin, which is only minutes away. “Wisconsin closed for just 30 days. For the most part, they were wide open. That really hurt us,” he said.
“Our governor was picking and choosing which of our state’s businesses could operate. To force a business to close with no notice and without proven science is straight out wrong. I think that she came down so hard on small business because we, by and large, lean to the right.
The case has been working its way through the courts since early 2021. Whether these private citizens can win however is unknown. In the first round in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan they lost, the court ruling against them. They are now arguing their appeal in the 6th Circuit of Court of Appeals.
That they lost at all tells you how far America now sits from the country as founded. The fifth amendment in the Bill of Rights expressly states that citizens shall not “be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
Whitmer and Gordon did exactly that, making unilateral degrees based on no law without any due process or compensation to the owners. Yet the first court ruled against the owners. If they eventually lose, this case will essentially allow any governor of any state to assume despotic and arbitrary power over all citizens, whenever they wish.
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