OLYMPIA — Overturning a lower court’s previous ruling, the Washington State Supreme Court voted last week to allow I-1639 to remain on the ballot, arguing citizens needed to pass the initiative to see if it was actually legal or not.
“We basically had no idea what the thing even said,” Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst admitted. “Since it was so confusing and nonsensical, we figured the best way to test initiative I-1639’s legality was to let the people pass it and see what happens. You know, kind of like a giant lab experiment.” She added that passing something without knowing what was in it has worked particularly well in the past, especially at the national level.
“It’ll be fun to see how this thing pans out in the end. Besides, I’m sure all the little legality questions will take care of themselves. They always do.”
After all, Justice Fairhurst went on to argue, how else can we determine if something breaks the law, except by legalizing it first?