Alright, let’s say you are building an airplane. All of the aeronautical engineers are standing around and looking at the plan. These are the experts to determine if this plane will fly or not. Looking at the plane, there are some people concerned about the shape of wings. They look them over and realize that, even though they are a little flawed, the wings would still work and the plan would fly with those wings. The plan, according to these experts is ready to go.
But there is one problem with this plan. This plan has no engines or a tail section. Even with these important parts missing, these aeronautical engineers still say the plane is worthy of flying.
If you look at this scenario, one would say that these engineers are totally out of their mind…creating a plane that has fundamental pieces missing.
This is exactly what the Florida Supreme Court might do with the Florida Senate redistricting plan.
As was mentioned in our previous article about the Supreme Court and redistricting, the Court continues to look at the validity of the entire plan, and still continues to look at this plan district by district. Therefore, they aren’t looking at the law, making sure there are fair plans. And, honestly, if this plan does pass, I think it is fair to say that those on the Supreme Court that vote for the plan are lacking legal knowledge, thus shouldn’t even be on the Court in the first place.
On Friday, Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente even proved that the Court continues to be blind regarding this plan stating, “Speaking for the person that wrote it, it was pretty clear that there were certain districts that were specifically invalidated.’’ Don’t look a the district, look at the plan!
But back to the plane. Because the wings were fine (which are what the districts are), then the plane can easily fly without engines and a tail section (the entire plan). I challenge the Supreme Court to fly a engineless, tailless plane!
If this is how the Supreme Court is going to rule on this case, on a district by district basis (while only looking at the districts that they had problems with in the first place), then I must ask the court this precise, fundamental question:
“How can the Democratic Party gain a majority of seats with the current Senate plan?”
Pure and simple. If the Court says this is fair, show me, and other Democrats around the State of Florida, how the Democrats can get 20 or more seat in the Senate. If they can prove that this is possible, then one can say that the plan is legitimate.
Otherwise, this plan is just as corrupt as previous plans. If we look at the wording on the ballot in 2010, it states:
“Legislative districts or districting plans may not be drawn to favor or disfavor an incumbent or political party.”
So, Supreme Court, show me how this entire plan, not just certain districts but entire plan, doesn’t favor the Republican Party? The line above doesn’t mention anything about specific districts. But it DOES say “districting plans”, and “favor or disfavor an…political party”. Yet the Supreme Court is absolutely oblivious to this fact.
So, Supreme Court, the ball is in your court. If you end up favoring this plan, please have in your “decision for” the plan how the plan, as a whole, applies to the law. I’m afraid that the Court will not be able to make their case. Thus, do they even understand law? If not, that is pretty damn scary.