After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were thrilled to bring back our annual Evening with the Mackinac Center event.
Mackinac Center President Joseph G. Lehman presented the Lives, Fortunes, and Sacred Honor award to the plaintiffs in the Midwest Health lawsuit. Dr. Randall Baker, Jordan Warnsholz and Jeffery Gulick, who received the award, all fought back against government oppression at the risk of tremendous personal and professional cost.
These men stood up to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after she banned medical professionals from providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to their lawsuit, the Michigan Supreme Court struck down the governor’s unconstitutional emergency powers in October 2020.
Kimberley Strassel, author and columnist at The Wall Street Journal, gave the keynote speech and was a fan favorite before the event even started. A few guests bumped into her before the event and were excited to report that they had driven three hours to be there.
Strassel’s speech focused on something the Mackinac Center has been exposing for years: the dangers of the growing administrative state. She described the power of bureaucrats and gave examples of the influence they have on our daily lives.
It was wonderful to have the opportunity to interact with our 250 guests at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids, and we look forward to next year’s event.