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“Operation Gridlock” Locks Down Lansing (MI) To Protest Whitmer’s Shutdown Overreach

“Operation Gridlock” Locks Down Lansing (MI) To Protest Whitmer’s Shutdown Overreach

“the lineup of cars for the protest extended for miles outside of Lansing”

Rebellion was bound to happen in Michigan. The governor there is issuing decrees that make no sense and appear to attempt to take from the people all control of their lives.

This is a losing strategy in America, with our long tradition of freedom and liberty, and Governor Gretchen Whitmer is likely watching her chance to be Joe Biden’s VP disappear as her diktats have enraged the population of her state.

Yesterday, Mary wrote about the planned “Operation Gridlock” to jam Lansing with vehicles in protest of Whitmer’s overreach.

The protest was a resounding success, with cars lined up for miles.

WWJ reports as the “Furious Crowd Gathers At Michigan Capitol To Protest ‘Stay Home’ Order: Lineup of cars extends for miles outside of Lansing.”

Large and raucous crowds showed up in Michigan’s capital Wednesday for what organizers are calling “Operation Gridlock.”

People — in their cars, on sidewalks, lawns and on the Capitol steps — are gathered to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. Organizers of the rally want some of the restrictions eased, and the state economy re-started.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Charlie Langton reported it appeared thousands of people were in attendance; the lineup of cars for the protest extended for miles outside of Lansing.

What’s it all about? As debate rages about the intersecting priorities of public health and economic vitality, the Michigan Conservative Coalition called on fed up Michiganders to form a convoy with their vehicles, display signs, make noise and be disruptive.

Those taking part were urged stay in their vehicle and practice safe hygiene. “Cars should be filled with only members of your immediate family. No carpooling since gas is cheap!” organizers told supporters, in a news release. “Stay in your vehicle so that the ‘Whitmer police’ cannot say you are ignoring the ‘social distancing’ order.”

. . . . Organizers are protesting, among other things, what they say is irregularity in the rules that allows “dope shops” to stay open while “cigar shops” are closed. They’re upset that the order applies to all of Michigan, instead of just hotspots like metro Detroit, and argue that amid a pandemic citizens can be trusted to keep themselves safe. “When did one size solve everyone’s local issues?” an organizer of the protest asked. “Governor Whitmer will put you out of business before allowing mere citizens to be responsible for their own behavior. That is madness.”

Meshawn Maddock, Chair of the 11th District Republican Committee and an organizer of the road rally noted that, “numerous outdoor jobs like landscaping, nurseries, excavation and lawn services are shut down. Heart surgeries are banned as non-essential, but abortion clinics remain open. Construction — including some road repair — is shut down, though other neighboring states aren’t doing that.

The protestors are all upset with their governor’s handling of the coronavirus and with her irrational closure orders.

WWJ continues:

One participant told Langton the loss of jobs is his main concern.

“I have quite a few friends who work in construction, landscaping and lawn maintenance, and they can’t work; yet the state can work,” he said. “People can go to, you know, Walmart whenever they feel like it, and gas stations.”

“The amount of people on the road, it doesn’t seem like that many people are actually staying home, so it seems like we’re just punishing a group of people. So I’m here to protest and get back to work.”

A woman at the rally expressed a similar view. “We have bills to pay,” she said. “The stores open are Walmart? That’s ridiculous; that’s why we’re here.”

Also raising some ire: Easter and Passover services were effectively canceled by a government order. “The madness needs to end before Michigan’s freedoms and economy are damaged beyond repair by power hungry bureaucrats,” the group said.

Here’s more on the massive protest:

Watch the report:


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Good! Need more of it.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Whitewall. | April 15, 2020 at 5:19 pm

    Remember Gretchen was funded by George Soros.

      notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital. | April 16, 2020 at 12:14 am

      For our Michigander Patriots.

      Walls Come Tumbling Down
      Song by The Style Council

      You don’t have to take this crap
      You don’t have to sit back and relax
      You can actually try changing it
      I know we’ve always been taught to rely
      Upon those in authority
      But you never know until you try
      How things just might be
      If we came together so strongly
      Are you gonna try to make this work
      Or spend your days down in the dirt
      You see things can change
      Yes and walls can come tumbling down
      Governments crack and systems fall
      ‘Cause unity is powerful
      Lights go out, walls come tumbling down
      Yes they do, yes they do, yes they do, yes they do, hey)
      The competition is a color TV
      We’re on still pause with the video machine
      That keep you slave to the H.P.
      Until the unity is threatened by
      Those who have and who have not
      Those who are with and those who are without
      And dangle jobs like a donkey’s carrot
      Until you don’t know where you are
      Are you gonna get to realize
      The class war’s real and not mythologized
      And like Jericho, you see walls can come tumbling down
      Governments crack and systems fall
      ‘Cause unity is powerful
      Lights go out, walls come tumbling
      (Down) You’ll be to week to fight it
      (Down) oh unless we’re united
      (Down) oh will you deny it?
      Are you gonna be threatened by
      The public enemies No. 10
      Those who play the power game
      They take the profits, you take the blame
      When they tell you there’s no rise in pay
      Are you gonna try and make this work
      Or spend your days down in the dirt
      You see things can change
      Walls can come tumbling down
      Governments crack and systems fall
      ‘Cause unity is powerful
      Lights go out, walls come tumbling down
      Governments crack and systems fall
      ‘Cause unity is powerful
      Lights go out, walls come tumbling down
      Governments crack and systems fall
      ‘Cause unity is powerful
      Lights go out, walls come tumbling down
      Governments crack and systems fall
      ‘Cause unity is powerful
      Lights go out, walls come tumbling down

      And botox for the entirety of that giant misshapen skull ain’t cheap.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Whitewall. | April 16, 2020 at 1:18 am

    A totalitarian social hysteria

    which has seen people arrested for surfing

    and a crackdown on drive-in church services

    that has nothing medical or rational to it.

    The “Stay at Home” shrill hysteria is not medical.

    It’s hysterical.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | April 15, 2020 at 5:05 pm

Gretchen should have came out and played.

Whatever backlash she feels.. It isn’t enough.. not by a long shot.

    Frank Hammond in reply to amwick. | April 15, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    I was talking to my co-workers in Michigan this afternoon. They all said that Governor Witless doesn’t seem to care what anyone says or thinks about her.

      Yep, a lot like Northam. This is their time to screw the people over so the democrat party can set up a lock on elections. If they screw up now, especially with everyone so ticked off, they may never get another chance.
      We need to elect hard core,take no prisoners conservatives who will roll this democrat crap back and shut the fascists down.

2smartforlibs | April 15, 2020 at 5:14 pm

If she doesn’t capitulate, resign, or get recalled you gained nothing. GOOD LUCK

If the state governments don’t start opening up commerce and dropping statist restrictions on personal freedoms in another two weeks, this will be happening all over the country.

This Wicked Witch of the North does not care about the little people. Her Highness is in charge. She looks at protests as illegal anyway. Like most Leftists, she is about control, everything all the time.

    Ariztocrat in reply to Romey. | April 15, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    They do these things because they know they can get away with it. Nobody is ever REALLY going to hold them to account.

      As we saw happen in VA with Gov. Northam.
      The huge 2nd amendment rally held didn’t stop him from his tyranny.
      I do hope and pray he and his cronies will get the boot next time around, but the leftist bleed from DC is toxic.

About the lawn care – when the grass and weeds start growing, will the local governments start issuing tickets for tall grass?

    If they contract grounds maintenance out, no landscaper should take the job. If one does, find out who and boycott.

    If the bureaucracy wants its lawn mowed, it can have its own damn bureaucrats do it.

      Liz in reply to Archer. | April 15, 2020 at 7:55 pm

      I was referring to the common citizen, like one of my friends – 99+ year old friend. She obviously can’t do the yard work. I just hope that one of her neighbors’ kids help her.

      Me – my guys showed up. Whew!

      It is my understanding that the small independents lawn guys are shut down. In one of the protest reports, I saw a couple of trucks with lawn cutting equipment.

        Liz in reply to Liz. | April 15, 2020 at 8:02 pm

        Another point – I’m in OK and I called the local garden shop and they are open with plants. We still have a few days of close to freezing weather, but later this week or next, I’ll go pick up some plants for the garden. They told me that they are taking the proper care about distances etc.

          lc in reply to Liz. | April 16, 2020 at 10:36 am

          I got mine today.
          It’s a beautiful day to plant!
          In NC, the landscaping businesses and lawncare guys are still operating.
          Thank goodness some people are.
          People in the stores are getting antsy and ready for things to open back up properly.

      4fun in reply to Archer. | April 15, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      Union. Another thing that needs to be wiped off the publics wallet, no public unions. You want to work for gov then you don’t get a union.

    ScottTheEngineer in reply to Liz. | April 15, 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Lawn Care? Just do what Whitmer does, call your gardener. Raoul will take care of everything. No-one NEEDS to buy gardening stuff.

Irish Democracy time. Let them try to lock up millions…
More regimes have been brought, piecemeal, to their knees by what was once called “Irish Democracy” — the silent, dogged resistance, withdrawal, and truculence of millions of ordinary people — than by revolutionary vanguards or rioting mobs.

Refuse to obey.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to CDR D. | April 15, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    May I remind everyone of Captain Charles C. Boycott (1832-97). Politicians who would enslave us, their supporters, and their families need to be deprived of all commerce, jobs, or benefits that they can be deprived of. If they wish not to be our countrymen, we can reject them.

    No Quarter.

    Subotai Bahadur

I don’t know about nationwide, we don’t have any thing like the ludicrous edicts in Michigan happening in EL Paso Texas. I will say that even at our lower levels of government guidelines in Texas folks are getting a ‘cabin fever’ look in their eyes.

IMO these sorts of protests against overreaching bureaucrats issuing nonsensical edicts will be confined to the areas where those orders are in place. Those of us fortunate enough to live in more common sense grounded areas aren’t experiencing lunacy that needs confrontation. Not yet, though everyone around here is going to be upset if we don’t call off these restrictions soon.

I stated on this blog, the middle of last month, that come Easter, if the economy was not opened up, the people would begin to revolt. Well, here we go. Now, I’m a retired guy sitting in my house in a warm state. And, I could accurately see this coming. And, it will only get worse the longer that the economy is closed and social restrictions are in place.

This is essentially how the American Revolution and French Revolution started. The question is, will politicians, especially Democrat politicians, will wake up and rescind the oppressive draconian measures now in place? If they do not, is it because they are stupid or is about forcing a violent reaction from the populace.

    Ariztocrat in reply to Mac45. | April 15, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    >is it because they are stupid or is about forcing a violent reaction from the populace.

    They would LOVE to see a violent reaction. They’ve spent literally their entire careers praying for a chance to declare martial law.

      Mac45 in reply to Ariztocrat. | April 16, 2020 at 12:02 am

      A state governor can not declare martial law. The reason fior that is because the states do not have a military force. The National Guard, when legally called up by the governor of a state, acts as a law enforcement agency for the state, not as a military unit. Ifa nationaal Guard unit is activated as a military unit, it falls under the control of the US DOD, not the state government. Only the President or his successor can declare martial law. A state Governor can not suspend the Bill of Rights or any guaranteed civil rights found in the US Constitution.

      The national Guard can be used to suppress civil unrest, under the command of the state governor. But, such use would likely create a push back of public opinion which would see the Guard removed from the command of the governor. What happens next would likely be very, very bad.

        ronk in reply to Mac45. | April 16, 2020 at 12:50 am

        the national guard/air national guard are state units their commander in chief is the governor of the state they are in, and the governor can use the national guard, now if the governor of MI should do that the President can pull the rug from under her by nationalizing them

    Wrathchilde in reply to Mac45. | April 15, 2020 at 9:57 pm

    The sad part is that she has brought this reaction on herself by being so autocratic, and erratic.
    Most people can stand 2-3 weeks of enforced idleness. At that point, they really start thinking about how to get a break, alone time, whatever.
    By “outlawing” so much of our activities she has eliminated many outlets for the frustration of this staycation.

      Look, Whitmer does not care about the people of Michigan. Not one little whit. She is not planning on standing for reelection. She wants to be VP to a doddering old man who might well fail to see the end of his first term as POTUS. Everything that she is doing, she is doing to ingratiate herself to her Party. She has taken the “destroy the economy” plan to extreme lengths, in order to appeal to certain influential factions in the Democrat Party. And, she will roll over anyone who gets in her way. The next US Civil War might well start in Michigan, within the next month.

        Wrathchilde in reply to Mac45. | April 16, 2020 at 7:38 am

        Yeah, I know Mac, she’s my governor. I lived through her election campaign, and her attempts to fix the damned roads. And now, her attempts to fix us.

God bless them all!

The liberals seem to have found a truck with the confederate flag on it. That is what is being reporting. They are going to distort the 100 K of cars that converged on Lansing.

Let them stay locked up. Reminds me a Twilight Zone movie.

My guess is that was a troll to discredit the protest.

And this is precisely why the federal government should stay out of it. And why trump was wise to insist on states making their own way based on their local populations. imagine this kind of protest in DC not just once but multiple times by both conservative and liberals pissed off by a one size fits all approach dictated (of course that term would be vigorously used) by Trump (if your a lib) or feds (if your a con).

ScottTheEngineer | April 15, 2020 at 7:38 pm

It was 25deg and snowing this morning here in S.E. Michigan. Those people standing out there have to be pissed.

nordic_prince | April 15, 2020 at 7:38 pm

Call me old-fashioned, but I believe we are all adults who can assess risk well enough to take responsibility for our own actions. Don’t need no stinking government bureaucrat nanny to tell us “stay safe, stay home.” If you want to cower in fear over a bogeyman that’s supposedly lurking in every waiting to get you, go ahead and hide under your covers. The rest of us can take our chances and get on with our lives.

ScottTheEngineer | April 15, 2020 at 7:42 pm

This is the same little fascist whore that decided to ban vaping. Screw the legislature. That cost vaping sellers millions to ship product out of state only to ship it back after she got bitch slapped by the courts.

4 northern Michigan sheriffs are giving old gretchin the No answer.

Spencer Neale
BREAKING: Four Michigan sheriffs refuse to enforce Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order.

Read more: @dcexaminer

Note to previous post

4 Sheriffs in Michigan are defying the lockdown they will not enforce it ?
Call your local.sheriff email your state Republican. Office
Virginia. info@ Virginia.Gop
I called my local sheriff, they are political , put their feet to the fire

Defy unconstitutional lockdowns.
Get the ball rolling

She needs to be made an example of.

People say to me that we can just stay home and shop online on Amazon or Whole Foodss. My response is that Whitmer is putting local business owners out of business but earning Jeff Bezos tens of billions. Does she work for us or billionaires like Bezos?

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to DanJ1. | April 16, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    Why it’s almost as though the shut-down were designed to shunt all business to the big globalist conglomerate companies such as Costco Target and Amazon.

    txvet2 in reply to DanJ1. | April 16, 2020 at 8:24 pm

    Question sort of answers itself, doesn’t it?

I did not see any blacks in the crowds of people wanting to go back to work. Pondering.

Pennsylvania State Senate votes to override governor’s stay-at-home order

The legislature may not be able to override Governor Wolf’s (D) veto, but they will make him own it.