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Not A Repeat: Rules Are For Little People.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan and its Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been in the news lately after people refused to bow down and acquiesce to Whitmer’s overly broad and ridiculous lockdown rules.

The idiocy of the rules and Whitmer’s attitude of “you all must obey!” has been encapsulated by a fight over 77 year old barber Karl Manke. Unable to pay his bills, Manke reopened his shop gaining the support of many people in the area. After a request by Michigan to obtain a cease and desist order against Manke was not granted, without any sort of due process, the Michigan government suspended Manke’s professional license. Manke responded with action basically saying, “I don’t need no stinkin’ license” and continued cutting hair. Then, the Michigan Executive branch created new rules and laws because the people were no longer listening to Whitmer. Finally, last week, a Michigan Court ruled against Whitmer and her people in the Manke case, and said after reviewing the evidence and the positions of the parties, the court would not issue a cease and desist order against Manke.

We wondered from afar how much all this legal and law enforcement against a barber was costing the State of Michigan at a time when tax revenues are way down. It is hard for us to accept the idea that lawyers going after barber is any sort of “essential activity” which makes the lawyers and staff “non essential.”

Unlike people who aren’t in the government, those people retained their jobs and received a paycheck.

Now a new crisis and example of Whitmer’s “let them eat cake” attitude toward the average person has surfaced.

The owner of a Northern Michigan dock company says Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s husband wanted his boat placed in the water before the Memorial Day weekend as Whitmer urged residents not to rush to the region.

No longer visible to the public, Facebook posts from NorthShore Dock LLC and its owner, Tad Dowker, focused on what Dowker said was a request last week by Whitmer’s husband, Marc Mallory. The posts have drawn the attention of Republican state lawmakers, who said the Democratic governor’s family may not be following her guidance for the rest of the state.

Dowker’s Facebook post emerged Thursday — three days after Whitmer announced she would lift some business and travel restrictions on Northern Lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, where there are many vacation destinations and fewer COVID-19 cases than other areas of the state.

Whitmer first issued a statewide stay-at-home order to combat the spread of the virus on March 23.

“This morning, I was out working when the office called me, there was a gentleman on hold who wanted his boat in the water before the weekend,” Dowker posted. “Being Memorial weekend and the fact that we started working three weeks late means there is no chance this is going to happen.”

“Well our office personnel had explained this to the man and he replied, ‘I am the husband to the governor, will this make a difference?'”

Whitmer and Mallory, who reside in Lansing, own a property in the Elk Rapids area with a taxable value of about $175,000, according to county records. Zillow estimates the property could currently sell for more than $437,000.

NorthShore Dock LLC posted a second statement about the situation on its page Saturday after Dowker apparently removed his own. The company said Dowker’s post had gone “viral” and employees didn’t have time to deal with resulting media requests.

“After a long day of keeping crews running, adhering to the additional safety regulations that need to be in place to operate our small business and fielding calls from customers frustrated with our lagging installation schedule I was told the governor’s husband called asking for install availability,” the company posted. “Up until this point we, as a company, had no idea we installed their dock or boat.”

The statement said Mallory was respectful and understanding when the company couldn’t schedule the installation early.

At first Whitmer and her staff attacked the post:

Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown refused to comment specifically on the matter, saying the administration wouldn’t address “every rumor that is spread online.”

She said in a statement: “Our practice is not to discuss the governor’s or her family’s personal calendar/schedules. And we’re not going to make it a practice of addressing every rumor that is spread online. There’s been a lot of wild misinformation spreading online attacking the governor and her family, and the threats of violence against her personally are downright dangerous.”

Right. The post and statement by the boat company owner was just a “rumor.”

Until it wasn’t.

Facing the rising tide of outrage again, Whitmer addressed the situation and the comment made by her husband:

My husband made a failed attempt at humor last week when checking in with a small business that helps with our boat and dock up north,” Whitmer said, reading a statement. “Knowing it wouldn’t make a difference, he jokingly asked if being married to me might move him up in the queue. … He regrets it. I wish it wouldn’t have happened, and that’s really all we have to say about it.”

The governor said her family has been staying home “these last couple of months.” But in response to a question moments later, Whitmer said Mallory has been in Antrim County to rake leaves at their property and stayed for one or two nights.

While we understand the failed attempt at humor idea, what Whitmer’s statement ignores is the timeline.

The lockdown and travel restrictions on people heading to the northern peninsular were still in effect when her husband made the request. The restrictions were still in effect for the time Whitmer’s husband wanted the boat in the water for use.

Who was going to run and pilot the family boat while the travel restrictions were still in effect other than Whitmer or her husband?

The vacation property Whitmer and her husband have owned is about 25 minutes from Traverse City, according to The Detroit News, but the family permanently resides in Lansing, over 150 miles away.

State Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, said Whitmer had urged Michigan residents not to “descend” on the city. “Yet, what did her family try and do?” Barrett said.

Rules are for the little people, and not for those that demand the peasants bow and kiss their rings.



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