The RULES of REPRESENTATION
PART. IV. TERMS of OFFICE
Section. 1. Limits total terms to 12 years:
No stale, insulated, do nothing, complacent politicians.
Section. 2. 4 year terms for Representatives:
Lower house seats will be 4 not 2 year terms to limit campaigning and allow enough time to get work done.
Section. 3. Staggers terms of office:
Keeps waves of rash candidates from quick power grabs. Allows time to question their policies and motives.
PART. V. VACANCIES and SUCCESSION
Section. 1. A 2/3 majority of voters may remove any elected officer or allow them one additional term:
2/3 of Citizens may remove the inept or corrupt; or retain the excellent and trustworthy for one term past 12 years, including Supreme Court Justices and the President.
… a simple majority of voters may remove or indefinitely extend other judges, government appointees, employees, vendors or contractors of any kind:
Citizens may reward excellence or punish inferiority.
… prohibits those terminated from further office, employment or contracts:
Section. 2. Terminates elected officials, Justices, appointees, employees, vendors or contractors who cannot do their job for 6 months, and withholds compensation unless injury on the job allows for compensation:
Section. 3. Citizens will elect Supreme Court Justices by majority preference vote within 30 days of a vacancy:
Avoids the interruption of work created by politics, as with our recent appointments of Supreme Court Justices.
… for vacancies in the heads of agencies, the President or Governor proposes 3 nominees, one at a time, each confirmed or rejected by the upper house within 30 days, and if all 3 are rejected, the voters choose by a majority preference vote between the 3 nominees within 30 days:
Our current Constitution allows long term vacancies and work stoppages; this new constitution does not.
… when electing Supreme Court Justices and electing the President/VP team, each state gets 1 vote per Representative plus 1 vote per Senator. The votes are awarded to reflect the popular vote, and are divisible for accuracy if necessary; and the candidate with a majority of these votes nationwide will be confirmed or elected:
Voters assume Electoral College power. Lower house rewards population; upper house gives states equal power.
Section. 4. When vacancies occur in any elected office, Citizens vote for a new officer within 60 days:
Enough time to find a replacement without losing too much work time.
… fills vacancies with acting officers for 60 days while Citizens vote for a replacement:
… if less than 6 months remain in the term, the acting officer will serve out the term:
SPEAK POWER to POWER
Keeping 90% of our current Constitution, foundations and rights intact, The Valentine Constitution modernizes our unaccountable government to assist rather than restrict citizens.
Women, LGBTs, blacks, anti-tax and anti-deficit groups, environmentalists, 80% of America will get what they want most.
Candidates, nonprofits, foundations, protests and fundraisers have failed for decades to fulfill their missions. If they were going to solve our problems, they would have by now. How much longer will you hope that government or Wall Street or scientists solve your problems when they haven’t yet?
Even if your wish list of candidates were elected, what legislation would they pass? They’re too polarized and stalemated, between and within parties, to pass all the legislation needed to solve our many problems, and how long would it take them? It took Valentine 12,000 hours over 45 years! Unless we dictate play, our problems will never be solved.
Left, right and center voters, nonprofits, causes and celebrities can combine their considerable power to get the word out to dictate to candidates to vote FOR RATIFICATION or not be (re)elected.
The hard work’s been done. All you have to do is say you want it to trigger positive polling and they’ll ratify it to get your vote, then we can finally fix everything.