‘Taking Back Christmas From The Gretch’: Michigan residents plan massive Christmas light parade

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LANSING, MI – The Democrat Governor of Michigan is reminding people that although it is Christmas time, they should all stay home because of her lockdown orders and the pandemic. 

While some people may heed her warnings, there are those that have decided they will not. 

They, instead, will throw a large Christmas light parade to celebrate the season.

Gretchen Whitmer, the Governor of Michigan, recently said:

“My directive to the citizens of Michigan has nothing to do with how many COVID cases there are. 

“No matter what we show in the next 12 days, I am discouraging people from gathering for Christmas.  If our numbers come down a good amount, it still doesn’t mean that COVID is gone at Christmas. 

“Let’s hunker down for the next few weeks and months.”

While some may listen to her, there are many who are fed up with the lockdown restrictions she has imposed on the state and simply refuse to heed to them. 

One such group, the Michigan Grassroots Patriot Leaders, is not only refusing to lock down, they are planning on throwing a large Christmas Light parade.

Their complaint is that Michigan Health and Human Services has successfully shut down numerous Christmas events, restaurants, theaters, and practically any other form of entertainment in which people may gather indoors. 

This group believes that they have been prey to Whitmer and her policies and refuse to take it anymore, especially during Christmas.

The group is hosting a Christmas Light Parade at the Michigan State Capitol on December 23rd from 4pm to 7pm. 

The event has aptly been named, “When the Gretch stole Christmas…the people took it back!”  The flyer of the event shows the body of the grinch with the face of Whitmer.

The event is advertised to provide an opportunity for “Michigan to stand together and share Christmas Cheer.  This is a chance for the whole state to come together and find unity, healing, and hope. 

“Because HOPE is what Christmas is all about.”

The group announced that that they will be collecting donations to help the Homeless and Grand Rapids Home for Veterans and are asking that those that can donate, do so at the donation trucks and tents. 

They also noted that attendance is free, but they are accepting monetary donations to go towards the cost of sponsoring the event.

Although no one from Whitmer’s office has commented on this potential event, and whether or not it will be allowed, Whitmer herself reached out to school aged children, virtually, with Santa as her guest. 

Instead of simply wishing all of the children well and to have a Merry Christmas, she and Santa instead took the opportunity to spread proper pandemic protocols. 

When Whitmer invited the children to ask Santa questions, instead of asking for gifts, the children asked Santa about COVID-19 protocols and precautions. 

One of the children asked if Santa had to wear a mask to which he said that he did.  Another child asked if the virus had made it to the North Pole. Although the children were told that it had not, Santa said that he and the elves are getting tested regularly.

One of the children asked Santa how she could keep people safe during the pandemic.  Santa replied:

“What I would suggest to do is what the governor is telling all the people of the great state of Michigan to do. 

“Social distance, wash your hands and make sure you wear your masks when you’re outside your home.”

Whitmer then told the group:

“This year has to look a little bit different so we can stay safe.”

In other words, stay home, do not have family gatherings, and for God’s sake, do not have traditional Christmas events and traditions.

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Watch: Michigan business owner interrupts newscast, says he is fighting Gov. Whitmer’s tyranny

December 5, 2020

LANSING, MI – A business owner in Michigan interrupted a local newscast to denounce Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s lockdown orders, saying it had come down to either not being able to pay bills or defying orders and risk going to jail.

Democrat Whitmer has issued several lockdown orders since March of this year, all allegedly designed to slow down the spread of the COVID virus. 

While some of her orders have been shot down by the State Supreme Court, others have been allowed to move forward, crippling the finances of small business owners.

In explaining why he chose to interrupt the newscast, Dave Morris said he believes that the latest round of COVID closures on Whitmer’s executive orders are nothing more than her being a tyrant. 

He also alleged that money from the federal program created to help small businesses stay in operation amid lockdown was spent on “special interest and campaign donors” instead of where it was supposed to go.

Morris, frustrated and angry, told a local news reporter:

“They [Whitmer and state government] abandoned me, and they put me in a position where I have to fight back, okay?”

Morris, who owns D&R’s Daily Grind Café in Portage, Michigan, felt that he was forced against Whitmer’s orders to reopen his business in order to pay his bills. The Whitmer administration’s health orders ban indoor dining in any form for several weeks.

 

Morris received a warning from Kalamazoo County on December 1st that his business was in violation and that it needed to close in order to conform to the Whitmer administration’s rules. 

The county advised Morris that if he did not comply, he and his business may be subject to fines from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  He could also face fines from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration. 

 

The reporter asked Morris if he felt that he was doing the right thing by reopening up and remaining in business during the lockdown.  Morris stated that he believed that he was.  He said:

“I feel everybody needs to stand up.  You could’ve given me money and I’d gladly walk away for 60 days and let this virus settle down.  I’m not going to do it alone, okay?”

Morris told the reporter, that, despite the rules, he intended to keep his business open during the lockdown so that he can pay his bills and give his employees an opportunity to pay theirs. 

He said that he intended to file a lawsuit against the state over the lockdown order that has prevented him from legally operating.

Reporters of MLive asked if he had a message for other business owners in similar situations.  Morris said:

“This isn’t an order, this is a conspiracy.  This is a tyranny.  Wake up America.  Stand up.  This is America.  Be free.”

 

Those who own businesses in Michigan have been largely standing against Whitmer and her administration’s rules when it comes to the lockdown. 

They rightly say that if they close, they may well lose everything as a result of lost revenue, and in turn, their employees may lose everything as a result of not getting paid. 

Mitch Spangler, owner of Spangler’s Family Restaurant, also decided to open up during the lockdown in order to pay his bills.  Spangler said that being open during the lockdown was as simple as either staying in business or going bankrupt.  He said:

“It’s not a statement that I’m principally defying the governor.  I disagree with the orders, but my motivation is out of survival for my family and employees. 

My belief is the people who need to protect themselves should not come to a restaurant, and the people who feel comfortable in precautions and exercising their right to do what they feel they need to do, should.

“It’s a 50-50 way, I need to survive and I feel that if people take care of themselves, and the ones that don’t need to be here shouldn’t be here.  It’s a wash.”

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