Signs showing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are taped to vehicles during a protest in Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, April 15, 2020. Flag-waving, honking protesters drove past the Michigan Capitol on Wednesday to show their displeasure with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the new coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Well, I drove to Lansing this Morning from (roughly) Traverse City to participate in Operation Gridlock here in Michigan’s Capitol City. We left at roughly 8AM…

I am currently sitting in my car with my wife, stopped, gridlocked near the Lansing City Market. Normally, Shiawassee and Larch and Cedar Streets are 40 miles per hour, three lanes deep.

Today? We are stuck! It is Glorious— Patriots Live in Michigan!

(UPDATE! I lived in the Lansing area for the first 30-some years of my life, and have often drove by the Capitol. I’ve seen bunches of protests over the years. They usually consist of a couple hundred from a rent-a-mob standing around in the lawn with WILX TV there with a single porcine camera operator and 24-year-old “reporter” picking up the slack.

THIS protest was WAYYYYY beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed in Lansing. We were “gridlocked” across the Grand River from the old Ottawa Street Power Station, by the Lansing Center— more than five blocks away to the east from the Capitol. We couldn’t move…

If I were to adjudge the size of the crowd, I would guess around 200,000: It was MUCH larger than a traffic jam after a Spartan Football game (Spartan Stadium holds around 85,000), and traffic was truly Gridlocked —as far as I could tell— from Oakland Avenue on the north, I-496 on the south, MLK Blvd on the west, and Larch Street on the east.

 

We were stuck for two hours on a street that usually takes twenty seconds to traverse— three lanes wide. And they were vehicles of ALL descriptions: Semi tractors, Porches, HHR’s, pickup with boat trailers, campers, on and on, and on. And EVERYONE was respectful, kind— and it’s been a long time since I’ve seen so many American flags flying from vehicles.

 

All very. VERY, encouraging…