IPR received the following statement from Scotty Boman, chair of the Libertarian Party of Wayne County in Michigan, concerning some of the efforts of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
RESOLUTION BY THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF MICHIGAN
WAYNE COUNTY AFFILIATE
Regarding Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Response to COVID-19
Wayne County, MI, April 8th 2020 – The Libertarian Party of Wayne County, an affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Michigan, passed the following resolution at their regular monthly business meeting. The meeting was held using a teleconferencing platform since regular public meeting venues were closed in response to the epidemic.
The Wayne County affiliate of the Libertarian Party of Michigan strongly condemns the recent actions of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in response to the spread of COVID-19. We believe the governor has no authority under the Michigan Constitution to restrict individuals’ freedom of movement and association.
The Libertarian Party of Wayne County does not advocate the declaration of martial law under any name, not only because it is unconstitutional, but because it is morally wrong. Rather we advocate voluntary participation in scientifically sound measures to prevent the virus’ spread as the most preferable solution (physical distancing, rigorous hygiene, and the use of personal protective equipment). Only private citizens can achieve this through their own volition, whereas the Governor’s actions will cause irreparable harm to the economy of the State of Michigan at both the personal and societal level. Citizens will feel this in the form of lost jobs, homes, and businesses, along with the financial and emotional suffering that follows.
We therefore call on Governor Whitmer to lift the authoritarian restrictions in place and restorethe human rights of movement and interaction to the citizens of Michigan. We also call upon the public servants of Michigan to resist these edicts and act to protect the rights of their constituents. Most importantly, we implore the citizens of Michigan to speak out against these egregious violations of human rights and demand a return to sanity and freedom.