On Wednesday, April 15, thousands of Michigan residents gathered in a “drive-in” protest against our governor’s seemingly totalitarian actions in shutting down the state of Michigan because of COVID-19. It was a much-needed demonstration to show Governor Whitmer that she is taking things a bit too far. Her executive orders have adversely affected so many people who desperately rely on having a job even to survive. In the past, poverty has killed more people than COVID-19.
This doesn’t mean that we should be foolish and take unnecessary risks with our lives. In their article in USA Today, Paul Egan and Kara Berg report Governor Whitmer as having said, “We know that this demonstration is going to come at a cost to people’s health. When people gather that way without masks … that’s how COVID-19 spreads.”
To me, that just sounds like some sort of hypocritical phobia that “worries” about those who were gathered there not even being smart enough to protect themselves. Masks do not guarantee that you won’t get the virus. Also, they don’t guarantee that, if you’ve been exposed to the virus, you aren’t passing it on even while wearing a mask. No one can completely avoid risk. Fighting for our freedoms greatly outweighs the potential risk of contracting the coronavirus.
We must get over our crippling fear of COVID-19. We weren’t made to live like this. Humans need human interaction. We weren’t made to live alone. People need people. I hope and pray that our governor will stop her draconian measures and loose the restrictions so that people don’t suffer needlessly. I am proud to live in a state that will fight back when its freedoms are being taken away without a song, and I am proud to be an American. — Mary Mieczkowski, Grand Blanc