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The world watches as thousands protest stay-at-home order in Michigan

We all knew this day would come when Americans would lose their patience and begin practicing their liberty and freedom to demonstrate against the system regarding COVID-19. Well, as the world remains at home to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the residents of Michigan have decided that they are fed up and they simply aren’t going to take it anymore.

Lansing, Michigan was recently the home to thousands of protestors who filled the street of Michigan’s state Capitol to protest Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order. Men, women, and children were holding signs of protest as they created a gridlock known as “operation gridlock” on the city street. Many of the signs protested the stay-at-home order, as well as the recall of Whitmer. It seems the people of Michigan have had enough, and they are simply not going to take this lying down.

It comes as no surprise that folks are sick and tired of hiding in the house to avoid the possibility of becoming “sick and tired” from a virus. The fear of preventing the virus has led to some feeling as if they would rather choose to be ill, rather than wasting away in their homes.

To make matters worse, there are many Americans who fear that they will suffer in ways beyond their health if the stay-at-home order doesn’t lift soon. Thousands of Americans, and people throughout the world, have businesses that are suffering as a direct result of the current pandemic and they aren’t sure when the bleeding will stop.

People are complaining that they are losing their right to the pursuit of happiness and they are slowly showing just how unhappy they are about this recent change.

The world is currently watching Michigan because this is the first state to actually have residents who took a stand. Thus far, the government has decided that there is only one way to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and that is by forcing everyone to stay home and to practice social distancing.

The interesting thing that no one seems to talk about is that the government did not do this when folks were dying from influenza, which also caused hundreds of thousands of deaths this season alone. People are becoming suspicious and they are slowly standing up, going outside, and leaving their homes in protest. Be it a personal protest or one which fights the powers that be, we will surely see more of these types of acts from individuals who are feeling the pressure.

Without having the ability to work, many Americans are losing their ability to take care of their families. Although most would argue that the stimulus checks are meant to cover lost wages, one could surely agree that the funds provided are just not enough to feed a family and pay bills for the amount of time we are asked to stay home.

America was built on liberty and freedom…something that most Americans feel they are being robbed of right now. Although social distancing is something that represents the current change in America, many are finding it difficult to do so without starving their families.

An answer will soon be provided by the government, but unfortunately, the world will never be the same. Maybe that’s the point of it all. To create drastic change so that there can be drastic improvements. Time will tell. Until then, we can only watch Michigan’s residents and see just how their plan will play out for them.

About Audra L.

Audra L. is an author, columnist and community activist who's dedicated to finding truth through research and effective communication. She received her degree in Public Policy and teaches Community Development, Public Speaking and Communications Law to youth throughout the nation. She is the recipient of over 23 awards and honors for her commitment to community outreach initiatives.

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