The result could not be even remotely legal, so how can the proposal go forward?
Proposal 2 of 2018 is one of the most bizarre creations to be tested before the voting public. Several pages of changes to our state constitution without the benefit of a convention, and a significant change to state government through a vote where maybe TWO or THREE percent of voters will have a full understanding of the changes being made.
The Michigan Supreme Court failed miserably in stopping what amounts to a coup of Michigan’s constitution. It should immediately review and recall its decision, or face future docket challenges it cannot meet.
The mess this proposal will create is undeniable. Literally prepared for court battles, the proposal inserts language into our constitution that authorizes the commission to ‘prosecute’ the legislature for financial ability to defend itself against expected redistricting challenges. What this means is that unlimited taxpayer dollars will be used to fend off any taxpayer disagreements with whatever crazy apportionment happens.
This ‘clever’ bit of political takeover quite frankly takes the power AWAY from the people of Michigan. The Orwellian name ‘voters not politicians’ gives certain political influences (through social media and misinformation) more of a permanent grasp on the political mechanics, with little or no chance for timely corrections.
Once a plan is in place, it is 10 years before it can change, and by then you can make bank it will be permanent.
Presumably, the collection of people representing any particular district would be selected by amateurs, and political novices. What appears to be on the face of this a really bad idea, gets even worse when the very motivation for such a move is from those who cannot win elections legitimately, and simply wish to rig the elections in their favor .. permanently.
And then the very name Voters not Politicians, belies the fact that the current and former “politicians” are ALSO voters, and entitled to the same rights and opportunities afforded to those the group would pretend a special privilege. Simple election as a precinct delegate disqualifies you and your family from even considering participation, and the ability to protect your interests in the political process.
By eliminating the possibility of serving simply because one has been elected to ANY position, it creates a new ex post facto rule, as well as a new class of disenfranchisement and exclusion. Also it takes away the ability any family members to make the decision to participate for themselves, simply because someone ran for dog catcher.
Ex post facto, Fourteenth amendment, Due process, First amendment, all of which become violated by this proposal’s passage. Further it modifies several articles and several more sections all at once, something that can only be done legally through a constitutional convention.
How this proposal passed the smell test of ANY court in Michigan is beyond baffling.
It has the stink of the vilest monkey house at any zoo.