The Valentine Constitution replaces slow corrupt committee dealmaking with productive democratic legislating. Committees, seniority, caucuses and filibusters are all eliminated. Simpler bill passing rules will end stalemates and corruption. Fairness, not politics, will determine what bills get voted on. Either house may originate legislation on a first come first served basis. All members must vote on all votes, and all votes and proceedings will be recorded. The Citizens vote to (dis)approve the rules every 12 years.
Amendments unrelated to a bill, called add-ons or “riders“, allow today’s politicians to quietly add onto a bill a small provision unrelated and inconsequential to the bill which goes unnoticed as it is considered and passed. Riders often allocate funds to existing or new projects. Deals are often made whereby a member agrees to allow other members to put riders on his bill so long as they return the favor. Riders add considerable costs to our budgets, enrich only a select few, and serve as favors in return for campaign contributions. The Valentine Constitution requires that all amendments be related to the bill and be voted on separately.
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Valentine put all our issues into one piece of national legislation.
90% of Americans can get what we want most by compromising on issues we care less about.
We can now combine our power behind a single common goal and finally get what we’ve wanted for decades.
The amendments clause of our current constitution allows us to dictate solutions to our politicians and force them to vote on it.
Valentine spent 50,000 hours over 45 years adding solutions to all the modern problems our old Constitution fails to cover while keeping 90%, our foundations and rights intact.