Michigan judge sides with barber, says he can reopen despite shutdown order
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The longer coronavirus lockdowns continue, the more Americans are being robbed of their liberty and freedom.
But having said that, it's encouraging to see citizens battling back against mostly Democrat authoritarians in mayor’s offices and governor’s mansions around the country — and winning.
That’s especially true in Michigan, where Gov. Gretchen Whitmer keeps getting backhanded by state courts for her tyranny.
On Thursday, a state judge sided with barbershop owner Karl Manke, 77, who has been defying Whitmer’s ‘stay-at-home’ order to keep his business in operation.
In his ruling, Shiawassee County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Stewart did not grant Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, another Democrat, her request to order Manke to close his shop, which essentially means he can now keep it open.
Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Stephen Borrello had ordered Stewart to hold a hearing on the temporary restraining order and issue his decision by end of business hours on Thursday.
Michigan Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun had argued in an affidavit that Manke’s shop was a threat to public health, but Stewart said not enough evidence was shown to prove that.
“The attorney general has not presented any studies underlying the doctor's conclusion,” Stewart wrote in his opinion. “The attorney general has not shown any nexus between the cutting of hair and an increased risk of transmission. The attorney general's filings rest more on general facts about COVID-19 than specific practices or conditions at Manke's business.”
Naturally, Nessel is planning to appeal the ruling because she and her tyrannical governor will not be ‘defied’ — even though continuing the state’s coronavirus lockdown is ridiculous and unnecessary at this point.
As for Nessel, she personally challenged Manke’s patriotism last week because that’s the kind of low-life she is.
“Mr. Manke, he’s not a hero to me,” Nessel said. “He’s not a patriot. A patriot is a person that fights all enemies, foreign and domestic, and does everything possible to protect his fellow countrymen and countrywomen. And, to me, Mr. Manke is doing just the opposite of that, and he’s being selfish in his behavior in that what he’s doing is allowing the virus to spread.”
Did you catch that? If you want to continue making a living and serving customers who voluntarily patronize your business, you’re Benedict Arnold, or something, and ‘selfish.’
Meanwhile, Whitmer and Nessel are trying to keep their jackboots on the throats of their residents as long as possible.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said that crowds would not be able to gather for professional or college sports until a vaccine is available (which might be never) or there’s a rigorous testing regime in place with signs of herd immunity in the population.
“We’re gonna be in a new normal for quite a while. And it doesn’t mean that sports is over,” she said Friday during a press conference discussing whether Major League Baseball would return for a shortened season this year without fans in seats — which is stupid.
It is stupid. There is no ‘science’ behind these lockdowns, not at this point. And as addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky said in the same story, continued lockdowns of “healthy people” are having a deleterious effect on the mental health of millions of Americans.
It’s time to end the lockdowns, but honestly, going to court and getting favorable rulings is vitally important because of precedence: The Whitmers and Nessels of our country need to know they can’t trample Americans’ liberties regardless of what’s happening in their states.