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Michigan Citizens protest coronavirus lockdown over reach

Drivers swarm Michigan capital to protest coronavirus lockdown measures

 

Hundreds of cars, trucks and SUVs descended on Michigan’s state capital Wednesday afternoon as part of a noisy protest against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s social-distancing restrictions that critics say have gone too far.

 

Dubbed “Operation Gridlock” and organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition, the protest did just that – creating bumper-to-bumper traffic throughout downtown Lansing as demonstrators blasted their horns, waved Americans flags and hoisted placards deriding Whitmer’s orders and demanding that she reopen the state’s economy.

 

The lockdown measures are meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, but Whitmer has gone further than some other governors -- and the backlash in Michigan is among the most heated in the country.

 

“Let’s start with the fact that some counties have no or very few COVID cases and yet are totally shut down,” Rosanne Ponkowski, president of the Michigan Conservative Coalition, said in a statement. “When did a one-size solution solve everyone’s local issues? Governor Whitmer will put you out of business before allowing mere citizens to be responsible for their own behavior.  That is madness.”

Whitmer announced over the weekend an expansion to her state’s stay-at-home orders, which among other things prohibits residents from visiting family or friends with exceptions for providing care, bans public and private gatherings regardless of size or family ties, and places restrictions on what types of businesses may operate and in what capacity.

 

Michigan has the fourth-largest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with more 27,000 being reported as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

 

The orders, which are in place until at least May 1, quickly drew criticism from conservative Republicans in the state, who argue that the governor is turning Michigan into a “nanny state” and impeding their civil liberties.

 

“Quarantine is when you restrict movement of sick people. Tyranny is when you restrict the movement of healthy people,” Meshawn Maddock, an organizer of “Operation Gridlock” with the Michigan Conservative Coalition, told Fox News. “Every person has learned a harsh lesson about social distancing. We don’t need a nanny state to tell people how to be careful.”

Whitmer – who had to issue clarifications to her orders, most notably when someone tweeted a picture from Walmart saying that children’s car seats were “non-essential” items – has so far remained steady in her resolve that Michigan needs to stick to strict stay-at-home measures in order to tackle the virus. She has also recognized, however, that residents have a right to protest under the Constitution, but asked demonstrators to do so safely.

 

“Everyone has a right to protest and speak up. We recognize that some people are angry and frustrated, and that’s okay,” Whitmer’s office said Wednesday in a statement. “The Governor will always defend everyone’s rights to free speech. We just ask those who choose to protest these orders to do so in a manner that doesn’t put their health or the health of our first responders at risk.”

 

The organizers of “Operation Gridlock” have asked anyone participating in Wednesday’s protest to “[d]isplay signs, make noise and be disruptive, but stay in your vehicle so that the ‘Whitmer police’ cannot say you are ignoring the 'social distancing' order.” They have also asked people not to carpool “because gas is cheap” and warned them to not drink too much liquids because they will not be able to access any public restrooms.

 

“We can get this rally done and stay within the social distancing guidelines,” Marian Sheridan, a co-founder of the Michigan Conservative Coalition, said in a statement.  “Citizens are frankly tired of being treated like babies. As adults, we now know what needs to be done to stay safe. We also believe the liberal attack on the economy is becoming a serious threat right now.  Join us in Lansing. We need to stop the madness and Whitmer needs a plan to re-open Michigan’s economy before it is too late.”

“Operation Gridlock” is just one of a number of demonstrations of civil disobedience around the country by Americans upset with their state’s stay-at-home orders amid the pandemic. While the contagion has sickened more than 610,000 people in the U.S. and killed over 26,000 people, protesters from North Carolina to Wyoming said they’ve been just as concerned with the economic and financial impact from shutdowns – echoing President Trump’s complaint that “the cure” could be worse than the virus.

 

Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter who has been sounding the alarm about what he believes are flawed models dictating the aggressive strategy, drew attention to the protests in North Carolina, as well as a social media uproar in Michigan.

 

“As someone wrote me, people in [Michigan] know when you lose jobs, they don’t come back,” he tweeted.

 

As for unemployment, some 16.8 million Americans have lost their jobs in the last three weeks – meaning one in 10 working Americans was out of a job.

 

The figures collectively constituted the largest and fastest string of job losses in records dating to 1948. By contrast, during the Great Recession, it took 44 weeks — roughly 10 months — for unemployment claims to go as high as they now have in less than a month.

 

Last Thursday, dozens of protesters carrying placards and wearing Guy Fawkes masks ignored Ohio’s social-distancing guidelines to demonstrate on the steps of the state’s capital building in Columbus against Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, and his administration’s handling of the outbreak. Demonstrators held signs reading “Open Ohio,” “Quarantine worse than virus,” and “Social distancing or social conditioning. We do not consent.”

A car at the "Operation Gridlock" protest in Lansing, Mich. Photo: Grady Trimble/FBN

A car at the "Operation Gridlock" protest in Lansing, Mich. Photo: Grady Trimble/FBN

In Wyoming, about 20 gathered last week in a park in Casper to protest the government-mandated measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus and let people go back to work, while a Facebook group called “ReOpen NC” has brought in over 21,000 members since it launched last Tuesday; it’s planning to gather in protest later this week.

 

“We are losing our small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy,” the group wrote on its page. “The shutdown is not warranted, nor sustainable for our area. The vulnerable can be isolated or protected in other ways, without sacrificing our entire state economy.”

 

While a full reopening of the U.S. economy appears to be a long way off as the country continues to battle the world’s largest outbreak of the novel coronavirus, there are signs that some states are making plans to get things at least partially up-and-running sometime in the near future.

 

The governors of California, Oregon and Washington announced Monday an agreement for reopening their states’ economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future. Those three states, which recorded some of the earliest cases of the coronavirus and were expected to be hard hit by the pathogen, have defied expectations and so far seen far fewer cases of the disease than expected.

 

A car in the "Operation Gridlock" protest in Lansing, Mich. Photo: Grady Trimble/FBN

 

A car in the "Operation Gridlock" protest in Lansing, Mich. Photo: Grady Trimble/FBN

The governors said health outcomes and science, not politics, would drive decision-making. Any modifications to each state’s stay-at-home order will be grounded in a comprehensive understanding of the health impacts of COVID-19, they added, saying no large-scale reopening will take place until metrics reflected a significant decline in the spread of the virus.

 

A number of states in the Northeast – including New York, which has been the epicenter of the

COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. – announced a similar plan on Monday.

 

 

 

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jimc said IP “Let’s start with the fact that some counties have no or very few COVID cases and yet are totally shut down,” Rosanne Ponkowski, president of the Michigan Conservative Coalition, said in a statement. 

 

The ONLY reason some counties across the US have no REPORTED cases is the Toad has done NOTHING to provide the needed TEST KITS!

 

Also keep in mind that this was not a "citizen's protest" but one orchestrated by the GoperLords to provide an astroturf basis for getting their businesses open and people gathering in areas of commerce to SHOP and spread the Covid19 so tRump can become a greater killer of Americans than Hitler and Tojo combined. Why else would he not do what he hasn't done if he wasn't looking for "the record"?

 

Latest numbers from Taiwan, who acted to quarinten immediately upon learning of the problem in China: 393 infeted, 161 fully recovered, SIX (6) DEATHS and no ne cases for 3 days. From the US where the Toad did NOTHING for 63 days AFTER he knew of the disaster heading our way: 653,825 infections not counting those in the hundreds of counties where there's been no large scale testing because Toad has failed to provide the test kits and 30,998 DEATHS, not counting those who died at home and were not identified because there's not enough tests for the living let alone doing tests "post mortum".

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@jimc91 wrote:

Drivers swarm Michigan capital to protest coronavirus lockdown measures

 

Hundreds of cars, trucks and SUVs descended on Michigan’s state capital Wednesday afternoon as part of a noisy protest against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s social-distancing restrictions that critics say have gone too far.

 

Dubbed “Operation Gridlock” and organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition, the protest did just that – creating bumper-to-bumper traffic throughout downtown Lansing as demonstrators blasted their horns, waved Americans flags and hoisted placards deriding Whitmer’s orders and demanding that she reopen the state’s economy.

 

The lockdown measures are meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, but Whitmer has gone further than some other governors -- and the backlash in Michigan is among the most heated in the country.

 

“Let’s start with the fact that some counties have no or very few COVID cases and yet are totally shut down,” Rosanne Ponkowski, president of the Michigan Conservative Coalition, said in a statement. “When did a one-size solution solve everyone’s local issues? Governor Whitmer will put you out of business before allowing mere citizens to be responsible for their own behavior.  That is madness.”

Whitmer announced over the weekend an expansion to her state’s stay-at-home orders, which among other things prohibits residents from visiting family or friends with exceptions for providing care, bans public and private gatherings regardless of size or family ties, and places restrictions on what types of businesses may operate and in what capacity.

 

Michigan has the fourth-largest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, with more 27,000 being reported as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.

 

The orders, which are in place until at least May 1, quickly drew criticism from conservative Republicans in the state, who argue that the governor is turning Michigan into a “nanny state” and impeding their civil liberties.

 

“Quarantine is when you restrict movement of sick people. Tyranny is when you restrict the movement of healthy people,” Meshawn Maddock, an organizer of “Operation Gridlock” with the Michigan Conservative Coalition, told Fox News. “Every person has learned a harsh lesson about social distancing. We don’t need a nanny state to tell people how to be careful.”

Whitmer – who had to issue clarifications to her orders, most notably when someone tweeted a picture from Walmart saying that children’s car seats were “non-essential” items – has so far remained steady in her resolve that Michigan needs to stick to strict stay-at-home measures in order to tackle the virus. She has also recognized, however, that residents have a right to protest under the Constitution, but asked demonstrators to do so safely.

 

“Everyone has a right to protest and speak up. We recognize that some people are angry and frustrated, and that’s okay,” Whitmer’s office said Wednesday in a statement. “The Governor will always defend everyone’s rights to free speech. We just ask those who choose to protest these orders to do so in a manner that doesn’t put their health or the health of our first responders at risk.”

 

The organizers of “Operation Gridlock” have asked anyone participating in Wednesday’s protest to “[d]isplay signs, make noise and be disruptive, but stay in your vehicle so that the ‘Whitmer police’ cannot say you are ignoring the 'social distancing' order.” They have also asked people not to carpool “because gas is cheap” and warned them to not drink too much liquids because they will not be able to access any public restrooms.

 

“We can get this rally done and stay within the social distancing guidelines,” Marian Sheridan, a co-founder of the Michigan Conservative Coalition, said in a statement.  “Citizens are frankly tired of being treated like babies. As adults, we now know what needs to be done to stay safe. We also believe the liberal attack on the economy is becoming a serious threat right now.  Join us in Lansing. We need to stop the madness and Whitmer needs a plan to re-open Michigan’s economy before it is too late.”

“Operation Gridlock” is just one of a number of demonstrations of civil disobedience around the country by Americans upset with their state’s stay-at-home orders amid the pandemic. While the contagion has sickened more than 610,000 people in the U.S. and killed over 26,000 people, protesters from North Carolina to Wyoming said they’ve been just as concerned with the economic and financial impact from shutdowns – echoing President Trump’s complaint that “the cure” could be worse than the virus.

 

Alex Berenson, a former New York Times reporter who has been sounding the alarm about what he believes are flawed models dictating the aggressive strategy, drew attention to the protests in North Carolina, as well as a social media uproar in Michigan.

 

“As someone wrote me, people in [Michigan] know when you lose jobs, they don’t come back,” he tweeted.

 

As for unemployment, some 16.8 million Americans have lost their jobs in the last three weeks – meaning one in 10 working Americans was out of a job.

 

The figures collectively constituted the largest and fastest string of job losses in records dating to 1948. By contrast, during the Great Recession, it took 44 weeks — roughly 10 months — for unemployment claims to go as high as they now have in less than a month.

 

Last Thursday, dozens of protesters carrying placards and wearing Guy Fawkes masks ignored Ohio’s social-distancing guidelines to demonstrate on the steps of the state’s capital building in Columbus against Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, and his administration’s handling of the outbreak. Demonstrators held signs reading “Open Ohio,” “Quarantine worse than virus,” and “Social distancing or social conditioning. We do not consent.”

A car at the "Operation Gridlock" protest in Lansing, Mich. Photo: Grady Trimble/FBN

A car at the "Operation Gridlock" protest in Lansing, Mich. Photo: Grady Trimble/FBN

In Wyoming, about 20 gathered last week in a park in Casper to protest the government-mandated measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus and let people go back to work, while a Facebook group called “ReOpen NC” has brought in over 21,000 members since it launched last Tuesday; it’s planning to gather in protest later this week.

 

“We are losing our small businesses, which are the backbone of our economy,” the group wrote on its page. “The shutdown is not warranted, nor sustainable for our area. The vulnerable can be isolated or protected in other ways, without sacrificing our entire state economy.”

 

While a full reopening of the U.S. economy appears to be a long way off as the country continues to battle the world’s largest outbreak of the novel coronavirus, there are signs that some states are making plans to get things at least partially up-and-running sometime in the near future.

 

The governors of California, Oregon and Washington announced Monday an agreement for reopening their states’ economies and controlling COVID-19 into the future. Those three states, which recorded some of the earliest cases of the coronavirus and were expected to be hard hit by the pathogen, have defied expectations and so far seen far fewer cases of the disease than expected.

 

A car in the "Operation Gridlock" protest in Lansing, Mich. Photo: Grady Trimble/FBN

 

A car in the "Operation Gridlock" protest in Lansing, Mich. Photo: Grady Trimble/FBN

The governors said health outcomes and science, not politics, would drive decision-making. Any modifications to each state’s stay-at-home order will be grounded in a comprehensive understanding of the health impacts of COVID-19, they added, saying no large-scale reopening will take place until metrics reflected a significant decline in the spread of the virus.

 

A number of states in the Northeast – including New York, which has been the epicenter of the

COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. – announced a similar plan on Monday.

 

 

 


Here we go again. Far right FOX person writes an article covering what FOX has been promoting for Trump for  over a week. Open the country up,and yes that will cause deaths but that is ok. Most of those deaths will be Seniors who really can not vote. What the author does not say is that the people who will really benefit  are at the very top as the make the big money. The workers will come in contact with all kinds of people and many will get the virus and die but that is ok as they can be replaced so it will cut the unemployment rate and Trump can tell all how he fixed everything.

Take a look at the people taking part in the demonstration and you will see the Tea Party of some years ago. These were the people who gave us Trump, and now they want to help him finish destroying the country. People thought the Tea Party was just overzealous people and little attention was paid to them. Well now you see how the Tea Party turned into Trumps Brown Shirts. To defeat all of this no one should vote for Trump or and Reb. in Nov. to save the Country.

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Michigan Citizens protest coronavirus lockdown over reach

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She is nuts..you can not go and visit your neighbor..you can not use a boat with a motor but you can use a row boot, etc, etc.

This is why they are protesting ...good for them!

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@KidBoy2 wrote:

Michigan Citizens protest coronavirus lockdown over reach

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She is nuts..you can not go and visit your neighbor..you can not use a boat with a motor but you can use a row boot, etc, etc.  With all due respect, I have no idea what a "row boot" is.  But most can understand that a "row boot" doesn't need fuel like a "boat with a motor" which would require someone to handle a gas pump.

This is why they are protesting ...good for them!  As most can see, most Michiganders are NOT protesting and can clearly see the "reason" in the Governors response.


 


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@KidBoy2 wrote:

Michigan Citizens protest coronavirus lockdown over reach

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She is nuts..

No ........ Governor Whitmer is extremely intelligent and caring ..... contrary to the moronic rabid protesters who don't even care about their own lives, the lives of others or the lives of their children!

 

you can not go and visit your neighbor..

As that could needlessly expose both of you to the virus ..... simple common sense!

 

 

you can not use a boat with a motor but you can use a row boot, etc, etc.

Boating in Michigan at this time of year is ludicrous as we are still being hit with freezing weather, snow storms and blinding snow squalls. Snow squalls on any lake can readily blind any boater ..... a life threatening event for a motor boat moving at high speed.

While this alone should stop any type of boating in Michigan, our Governor knows that there are still morons who don't care about their own lives as well as those of others.

Hence the ban on a totally unnecessary and risky activity that would only diminish the 'stay at home' order and provide another means to spread the virus via unavoidable and needless contact with other Michiganders!

 

This is why they are protesting ...good for them!

No ..... they're actually protesting a governor who is trying her best to protect ALL of the people in Micjigan.

As such ..... very selfish and foolish of "them"!!!


 

DUMP TRUMP AND DITCH MITCH TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!
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@KidBoy2 wrote:

Michigan Citizens protest coronavirus lockdown over reach

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She is nuts..you can not go and visit your neighbor..you can not use a boat with a motor but you can use a row boot, etc, etc.

This is why they are protesting ...good for them!


Sounds like Maryland and we are doing just fine.   It's insane to go see your neighbor.  That's how this thing spreads. 

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Two items:

Isn't it hypocritical for trump repubs to be so concerned about abortions, but yet say that our elders are disposable in order to get the economy moving again?

 

And a suggestion, if the anti patriot protesting bunch finds businesses that support them, then they can all congregate together, but if they get sick, they have to pay their own medical bills, nor can they congregate with those who are practicing healthy safeguards. I'm sure they would say that it is discrimination, and they would be right, but that's what they wanted and they would be trampling on others rights. 

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Well, I think the message is pretty clear that even God wants you to practice social distancing. 

 

 

The coronavirus has killed a prominent Virginia pastor who told his congregation at a service in March, “I firmly believe that God is larger than this dreaded virus.”

Bishop Gerald Glenn founded New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield, outside Richmond. He died Saturday. The church announced his death on Easter.

Glenn spoke about the coronavirus on March 22, at his last known public service, days after Virginians were urged to avoid large non-essential gatherings of more than 10 people.

 

https://www.foxnews.com/us/virginia-pastor-dies-coronavirus 

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Since Jim posted this perhaps we might want to ask if he approves of the protesters actions. 
It certainly seems that the protesters stomp on our rights as Citizens to remain healthy.

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As a Michigander, I was able to watch far more news by local coverage of this ludicrous insane protest.

 

What the article fails to tell you is the fact that these protesters were also carrying Confederate flags and Trump campaign signs ..... indicative of a typical rabid Trump rally.

 

Many of the vehicles also had out of state plates.  That fact, coupled with the Confederate flags and Trump campaign signs, clearly challenged the original intent of the protest ....... substantially diminishing what it SUPPOSEDLY represented.

 

The protesters trapped themselves in a massive clownish gridlock while pounding on their horns, attempting to blow out each other's ear drums!

 

Unable to tolerate the gridlock and noise they created, they left their vehicles and meandered around in large groups with no masks .... handing out candy to children with no protection.

 

These morons obviously have no concern for infecting themselves.

But they have NO RIGHT to spread their death wish to their children and other common sense Michiganders who follow the rules!!!

 

 

DUMP TRUMP AND DITCH MITCH TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!
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@myexper wrote:

 

As a Michigander, I was able to watch far more news by local coverage of this ludicrous insane protest.

 

What the article fails to tell you is the fact that these protesters were also carrying Confederate flags and Trump campaign signs ..... indicative of a typical rabid Trump rally.

 

Many of the vehicles also had out of state plates.  That fact, coupled with the Confederate flags and Trump campaign signs, clearly challenged the original intent of the protest ....... substantially diminishing what it SUPPOSEDLY represented.

 

The protesters trapped themselves in a massive clownish gridlock while pounding on their horns, attempting to blow out each other's ear drums!

 

Unable to tolerate the gridlock and noise they created, they left their vehicles and meandered around in large groups with no masks .... handing out candy to children with no protection.

 

These morons obviously have no concern for infecting themselves.

But they have NO RIGHT to spread their death wish to their children and other common sense Michiganders who follow the rules!!!

 

 


Blocked ambulances trying to get into a hospital too. The demonstration shows WHY blanket rules are put in place. They have no common sense.

 

So it begins.
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myexper:  

 

What the article fails to tell you is the fact that these protesters were also carrying Confederate flags and Trump campaign signs ..... indicative of a typical rabid Trump rally.

 

 

Let me guess........they think they're some kind of super-patriotic Americans and to prove it they wave the treasonous confederate flag around. MENSA will never come visiting. 🙂

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Washington, Oregon, and California are now prime examples of how aggressive management can flatten the curve. They can now discuss the means of reopening their economies, while other states with less restrictive are seeing their numbers climb. 

 

Self sacrifice, honoring stay at home orders and playing by the rules, for the greater good is also patriotic. Acting like idiots in a pandemic is not. Instead of being part of the solution to flatten the curve, they become a part of the problem.

 

Everyone wants to see the economy go back to work, but a little common sense, please!

 

 

"Music can change the world because it can change people." - Bono
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Indeed yes, MaVolta. Here in Wash. State the curve appears to be flattening thanks to our strong leadership from Governor Inslee. He and we know, that if we open things up again to quickly, things will get worse again. Even my neighboring state of Idaho whose Gov. is GOP decided to stay in self quarantine at least through Apr.30th, which many there didn't like.
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Yup, social darwinism at its finest. 

 

Also, I hope their wives didn't let their pointlessly contaminated selves back into the house when they all got home...

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A minister in Virginia held church services in violation of that state's order and died of Covid-19.  I think of it as evolution in action. 

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This is America. If these people want to congregate and go about business as usual during a pandemic, fine with me. As long as they sign a waiver first saying if they catch the bug they give up the rights to a ventilator. Why should people with sense lose out because these idiots want to pretend they're smarter than epidemiologists? 

 

Social Darwinism is okay with me. The average IQ in Michigan will go up 20 points if we leave these "patriots" to their own devices. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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@LouLit01 wrote:

This is America. If these people want to congregate and go about business as usual during a pandemic, fine with me. As long as they sign a waiver first saying if they catch the bug they give up the rights to a ventilator. Why should people with sense lose out because these idiots want to pretend they're smarter than epidemiologists? 

 

Social Darwinism is okay with me. The average IQ in Michigan will go up 20 points if we leave these "patriots" to their own devices. 

 

 

I  happen to think that these protests have a motive. But I  don't think that they have actually realized what it could be. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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@LouLit01 wrote:

This is America. If these people want to congregate and go about business as usual during a pandemic, fine with me. As long as they sign a waiver first saying if they catch the bug they give up the rights to a ventilator. Why should people with sense lose out because these idiots want to pretend they're smarter than epidemiologists? 

 

Social Darwinism is okay with me. The average IQ in Michigan will go up 20 points if we leave these "patriots" to their own devices. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CNN political analyst April Ryan raised eyebrows on Monday by asking if people who protest stay-at-home mandates should be forced to decline medical attention if they test positive for coronavirus.

 

“Should #StayAtHome protestors who endanger other Americans by not following ‪@CDCgov guidelines about physical distancing be required to sign a waiver refusing medical attention at a hospital and not take up a ventilator if they contract coronavirus? ‪#COVID19,” Ryan tweeted.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/cnn-april-ryan-protesters-stay-at-home-coroanvirus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They were probably all of them Trump supporterrs.  so what can you expect from them

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