INTERVIEW: Baraga County officials “put State of Michigan on notice”

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BARAGA COUNTY, Mich. (WJMN) – Several officials from Baraga County signed a letter to the State of Michigan declaring “enough is enough”.

The document was posted on County Sheriff Joe Brogan’s candidacy Facebook page and shared widely on social media.

Brogan says they began writing the document after a survey and discussions with community members.

“We’ve been getting quite a bit of feedback from our community in the form of calls, emails, a petition that went around and it is prompting the county officials to take a stand in defense of what’s going on with our small businesses in the county,” said Brogan.

The manifesto was written over the course of a week and signed by officials on January 11 at a board of commissioners meeting. Brogan says he hopes it gets the state officials to open up businesses.

“Basically what the manifesto is it’s all of the county officials and we’re simply expressing our opinion,” said Brogan. “We’re putting it out there to our residents and our small business owners that you know we stand behind them you know they’ve been held down this entire time through the pandemic and you know the pandemic isn’t going anywhere so we’re hoping that this get’s other counties on board and gets the state officials to look and see what they’re doing and hopefully opening up our businesses.”

Senator Ed McBroom says its not surprising to see what’s happening.

“Officials and citizens from around the Upper Peninsula have been very frustrated by the governor’s actions, the actions from the State, particularly after the 1945 act, was ruled unconstitutional and then a new methodology was found for really doing the exact same thing rather than going back to the democratic process we’re a country and a state that are based on the opportunity for people to express their views and have their views voted on and the majority opinion sways the day,” said McBroom. “And despite being over ten months into this our governor continues to operate as a one-person show really and you know maybe her decisions are smarter and better than what the majority of people would actually want to do but that’s not the way the state works and it continues to upset people very much.”

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department responded to our request for comment stating they could not provide one at this time. We also reached out to Governor Whitmer’s Office, several other county officials that signed the manifesto and The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community at this time we have not received a response.

Officials that signed the document are, Sheriff Joe Brogan, Commissioner Gale Ellola, Wendy Goodreau – clerk and register of deeds, Commissioner Lyle Olsen, Commissioner William Rolof, Commissioner Will Wiggins, Commissioner Dan Robillard, Jill Tollefson – county treasurer and Joseph O’Leary – prosecuting attorney.

The manifesto reads:

“We, the undersigned county officials, having been duly and Constitutionally elected by the Citizens of Baraga County, Michigan, do hereby declare on this 11th Day of January, 2021:”

“Since March 10, 2020 the People of the State of Michigan have endured restrictions on their freedom which have not been seen in North America since the days of King George III and the American Revolution. In the face of a worldwide pandemic our political leadership in Lansing has ignored the protections guaranteed to all America citizens by the Bill of Rights in favor of medical models designed to predict the course of a still, for the most part, unknown virus. The result has been the unilateral adoption of clearly unconstitutional measures which treat human beings like herd animals and which arbitrarily pick economic winners and losers. Our citizen’s rights to assemble, to freely practice their religion, to travel, to keep their property, businesses and jobs, even to dress how they please have all been swept aside, and to what end? The pandemic rages on and Lansing’s failed efforts to control the spread of the virus is blamed on the People themselves rather than the scientific community’s admitted lack of data and understanding of COVID-19.”

“Enough is Enough. We have taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, an oath we take very seriously. Accordingly, we hereby put the State of Michigan on NOTICE that we have no intention of participating in the unconstitutional destruction of our citizen’s economic security and Liberty. We further declare our intention to take no action whatsoever in furtherance of this terribly misguided agenda. Finally, we call upon the Michigan Legislature to exercise their co-equal authority by adopting constitutionally sound measures of which limit the unchecked exercise of executive power, which restore individual responsibility and accountability, and which return Michigan to the ranks of freedom-loving governments everywhere.”

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