The GOP is done playing games. They came out swinging on Thursday when they introduced an Impeachment resolution to remove a pesky Democrat.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer pushed the people of her state too far and now the GOP is taking action by introducing a resolution to have her impeached.
As RedState previously reported on Monday, discussions were being had among members of the Michigan GOP to on the governor’s impeachment and it appears that the resolution has now been created.
GOP Reps. Beau LaFave, Matt Maddock, and Daire Rendon put forth the resolution, stating that Whitmer had gone well and beyond their constitutional authority during the pandemic.
“Gretchen E. Whitmer has acted in conflict with her constitutional duties as Governor. She has exceeded her constitutional authority, violated the constitutional rights of the people of Michigan, issued orders that are not in the best interests of the people of this state, and used the Pandemic as an opportunity to reward political allies.”
The resolution lists the things overreaching measures Whitmer took during the pandemic:
Governor Whitmer has issued dozens of executive orders which have been expansive in scope and have reordered life for every person in the state. The orders include, but are not limited, to: prohibiting evictions … banning non-essential medical procedures … permitting public bodies to meet electronically … permitting public bodies to delay fulfilment of public records requests … closing businesses, and requiring residents to stay in their homes with limited exceptions. Through these orders, Governor Whitmer has unilaterally overridden legislatively enacted laws — including, but not limited, to the Revised Judicature Act, the Open Meetings Act, and the Freedom of Information Act — and created new laws in violation of the separation of powers guaranteed in the state constitution.
State law grants emergency powers to the Governor for the purpose of responding to immediate crises, but the Governor may only act in a manner that is consistent with the constitutionally mandated separation of powers. The state constitution does not permit the Governor to bypass the legislative process nor does it empower her to unilaterally make or amend laws for the protection of public health.
The GOP also noted that Whitmer went well beyond her Constituional authority by focusing on limiting or restricting the freedom of worship in her state.
“While the Governor’s later orders have included language indicating that places of worship and individuals participating in religious practices would not be subject to criminal penalties for violating the orders,” states the resolution. “The restriction itself – even if not enforced via criminal process in all circumstances – is a direct violation of the constitutional rights of the people of Michigan.”
The GOP also listed Whitmer’s ban on elective medical procedures, and while they noted that their ban wouldn’t present an immediate health risk, it decreased the quality of life of Michiganders:
Governor Whitmer banned all non-essential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures … (her) stay-at-home orders … have only granted exceptions for people leaving their residences to seek medical or dental care to treat a medical emergency or when necessary to preserve a person’s health or safety. This universal, state-wide prohibition on medical, dental, and veterinary care that the Governor has deemed ‘non-essential’ has had significant consequences for the people of Michigan and for health care providers across our state.
While postponing some elective procedures may not pose an immediate health risk to patients, many procedures have been banned even though they are still needed to preserve patients’ quality of life and long-term well-being. … Numerous other states have determined it is safe and appropriate to ease their restrictions on elective medical treatments as the stress on their healthcare systems from COVID-19 abated, but Governor Whitmer continued to impose onerous limitations on important health care on a state-wide basis …