As states continue to increase their infringements on the rights of the people using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse, individuals are speaking out more frequently against the overreach.
Close to 100 protesters showed up at the state capitol in Ohio on Thursday to demonstrate their freedom against edicts from Gov. Mike DeWine, who has ordered all Ohio residents to stay in their homes.
“We have not faced an enemy like we are facing today in 102 years,” DeWine said as he announced his stay-at-home edict last month. “You have to go back to the 1918 influenza epidemic. We are certainly at war. I don’t know any other way to describe it other than to say we are at war.”
“In the time of war, we must make sacrifices, and I thank all of our Ohio citizens for what they are doing and what they aren’t doing. You are making a huge difference, and this difference will save lives,” he added.
But not every Ohio resident is willing to bend the knee and surrender their rights at DeWine’s behest. The protesters showed up enraged that their freedom of assembly and religion with Easter Sunday right around the corner.
Zenger News captured the footage from the controversial rally, with Carter Adams videoing and Ford Fischer reporting on the protest:
One particularly bold protester carried a semi-automatic rifle to send the message that his rights will not be tread upon.
“The Democrats have come out saying the boogeyman is out to get you and, ‘If you give us your freedom we’ll protect you,’” activist Ben Shuler said.
Shuler dawned a blue Trump 2020 campaign hat and a flag with a Spartan helmet and the words “Molon Labe,” which roughly translates to come and take it.
Inside the capitol, the Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton taunted the protesters by claiming that the administration would move on with their plans despite their objections.
“I don’t know if you can hear on television, but there are people protesting right outside the statehouse,” said Acton. “And people are worried, they’re afraid. They’re worried about things like their jobs. But we have to keep pushing forward with Ohio’s plan for getting through the crisis. It’s working.”
The protesters were defiant in response, yelling: “O-H-I-O! Acton’s got to go!”
“No paycheck for us, no paycheck for you,” the crowd shouted at the state capitol.
“Business is shutting down, the economy’s doing horrible, it’s not good for anybody in Ohio and it’s going to take decades to get back,” said activist Scott Shoemaker, who wore the fabric of an American flag as a mask to demonstrate his patriotism.
“I’m out here today because I’m tired of it,” Shoemaker said.
Protesters complained that government officials continued to collect their paychecks while the people of Ohio were laid off and struggling economically.
“You are the virus!” they chanted.
As the coronavirus pandemic slows down, the public is growing increasingly angry with government overreach. If society isn’t turned back on soon, the likelihood of civil unrest will increase drastically.
Heroic Michigan Barber Wins Appeal to Michigan Supreme Court Against Governor Whitmer’s Shutdown Edicts
Karl Manke has taken on the system and won.
The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Karl Manke, the Owosso barber who the state has been trying to put out of business for weeks because he cut hair without the permission of Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
The Department of Health and Human Services V Manke decision was ruled in favor of Manke by a 7-0 margin on Friday, although the case is still not settled.
“It is incumbent on the courts to ensure decisions are made according to the rule of law, not hysteria. Here, in addition to entering an order whose validity is highly suspect, the Court of Appeals majority took the extraordinary step of directing the trial court to take immediate action despite the fact that an application for leave had already been filed in our Court,” the ruling stated.
“Courts decide legal questions that arise in the cases that come before us according to the rule of law. One hopes that this great principle—essential to any free society, including ours—will not itself become yet another casualty of COVID-19,” the ruling concluded.
Big League Politics has reported on the Manke case as he made his heroic stand for freedom against the tyranny of his Democrat, anti-Trump governor:
Owosso, Mich. barber Karl Manke refuses to bow to the state, and he is operating his barber shop in direct contradiction to a court order mandating that he shut down.
Manke was still open for business on Tuesday, despite the fact that goons from Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office showed up at his barber shop the day prior to tell him he was violating the order.
“Both you guys look like you need a haircut,” Manke said he told the agents from the attorney general’s office.
While Manke was discussing his visit with Nessel’s goons, an individual in the barber shop suggested that he should offer to cut Nessel’s hair. Manke then mentioned that some of his supporters were sending letters with their own hair in it to show their dismay with Nessel and her boss Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
“I don’t know how many of my clients have loaded up hair and sent it to the governor,” Manke said.
Shiawassee County Circuit Judge Matthew Stewart issued an order on Friday, which stated that Manke’s barber shop “shall be locked and closed.” His attorney, David Kallman, has requested that the state Supreme Court intervene on behalf of his client.
The Safe Salons for Michigan coalition claims that this is the only state in which salons remain completely closed, as Whitmer arbitrarily punishes barbers and hair stylists out of spite.
“It’s a bunch of crap. Really, it is,” Manke stated about Whitmer’s edicts, which he maintains are unconstitutional.
“Like all governments, they’ll do something knowing that it’s probably illegal but if they tie it up in the court system, then they can drag it on and do what they want to do,” he added.
On the same day the ruling was announced, Gov. Whitmer said she was lifting the ban on salons and barber shops in her state. Manke has shown how one principled courageous man can defeat the gynocracy.
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