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
Nonprofits, protests, parties, candidates, Presidents with 2 house majorities, none have solved our persistent problems. Instead, polarized sides concern themselves and us in the petty details of their competing investigations. Valentine puts the solutions we need into written legislation we can demand by reserving our votes for candidates who support ratification.
Women and LGBTs want equal rights and pay. Parents want schools that develop children’s gifts into profitable skills. Un(der)employed adults want similar free after school classes. Workers prefer a $20 minimum wage to welfare. Blacks want a fair policing and court system. Fiscal conservatives want accountable, deficit free government and a single 5% tax. Environmentalists, fishermen, etc want sustainable energy, farming, fishing and forestry practices. Celebrities want an end to the paparazzi; and gun owners would agree to background checks. Our current Constitution fails on these issues. This constitution includes them all, and our foundations and rights.
With inclusive legislation to team up behind, this coalition of left and right voters is powerful enough to dictate the outcome of any election. Add sports, music and movie celebrities, and nonprofits dedicated to these provisions, and this constitution will be easily ratified. Polling will force candidates to vote FOR RATIFICATION or not be (re)elected. Recommend ratification, in person, on social media, post a selfie or selfeo saying “Ratify The Valentine Constitution”, join one of our Facebook groups …