This story is absolutely heartbreaking.
The owner of a beloved music store in Hastings, Michigan, is shutting its doors for good as a direct result of Governor Gretchen Whitmer's draconian lockdown order.
“This is my dream. Shutting it down. Closing out this phase of my life,” Steve Walker told FOX 17, bursting into tears. Steve owns Walker Music and Textile Company, which he founded 11 years ago.
“It won’t be a retail shop anymore and it won’t be an inviting environment for kids to come and be loved and to learn music.”
Walker said the governor's lockdown order made it impossible to do business. He doesn't understand why his business was deemed "non-essential" while those around him were allowed to remain open.
“I’ve been sitting here for 60 days watching my neighbors do business day in and day out,” Walker said. “They aren’t thriving but they are surviving. There’s no reason in hell I couldn’t have done the same thing. None. And that's what makes me angry.”
Walker tried to save his business, but his fixed costs were too much and the assistance wasn't nearly enough.
He told FOX 17 that the governor's order killed his dream.
“I put the responsibility of that on the governor’s shoulders because if she had been reasonable, this would not be happening,” Walker said. “But oh well. That’s the way it is. That’s life. And, I have to move on and deal with it.”
This shouldn't happen in America. Walker and his family could have saved their business while implementing common sense safety measures. Instead, a tyrannical governor, concerned about her future political ambitions, shut down an entire state so she couldn't be blamed for COVID-19 deaths.
The reopen movement has seen some success. States are slowly reopening, but not fast enough to save businesses like Walker's. We need to keep up the pressure, and we can do it by joining together.
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