Introduction

INTRODUCTION

WHY? do we need a new CONSTITUTION?

All of the issues we’re now fighting over come from deficiencies in our old constitution which covers none of our modern problems. It’s not 1776 when we were all farmers and the government spent only 1% of our money; it spends 50% now. Our old constitution’s foundations are still brilliant, simple and solid, and will remain intact. But our old house is a vine-covered tear down. Systemic problems require systemic solutions, not haphazard, pork filled 1,000 page bills. We’ve gone too many decades without meaningful solutions to expect stalemated, polarized candidates to fix the complicated mess we’re in. If they could have solved our problems, they’d have done so by now. Passing piece by piece all the legislation we now need would take far too long even if they could. Candidacy has proven ineffectual; our current constitution covers none of these issues; and The Valentine Constitution is already written legislation that can solve all our problems in a timely fashion. That’s WHY.

HOW? are you going to ratify a NEW CONSTITUTION!?

Team up behind inclusive legislation to create a coalition so large that it can simply demand 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 the welfare that subsidizes companies which fail to pay a living wage. 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. Donald, Hillary and Bernie supporters brought together by thoughtful, calming, unifying solutions, rather than splintered by emotional, divisive rhetoric. The Valentine Constitution represents 90% of our electorate, when only 2/3rds are needed for ratification. That’s HOW.

RATIFICATION

Ratification is far easier and more to the point than “cantidates”, protests and nonprofits. Trusting others to solve our problems has failed for decades. Every candidate has failed, even Bush, Obama and Trump, with 2 house majorities. Every nonprofit has failed in their solo efforts. Every protest has failed. Every journalist has failed. In fact all of the above activities have only further polarized our country. The game is legislation, passing your bill. But all you get is the temporary good feeling of marching and chanting with like-minded people, a fundraiser to make you feel like you’re doing something important, or an expensive gala to show off your new dress and jewelry. I see those empty promises and expensive smooth talk and raise you The Valentine Constitution, a set of already written, agreeable solutions that we can insist be ratified and which our government will then be required to implement. The fruits of a lifetime of work, it includes everyone’s interests and solves everyone’s problems in one fell swoop, organizing modern technologies to simplify and order the inefficient chaos we now must fight through daily. It makes our lives easier and allows government to help citizens, and citizens to help government. Nonpartisan solutions that we the people can impose, this constitution will see a massive pooling of resources behind one common goal: ratification.

THE DEAL

This the “grand bargain” that our Congressman and Senators have talked about for years but failed to deliver because they can’t think outside the swamp. As with any deal, you won’t get everything you want; but you’ll get what you want most. The speeches and soundbites, marketing and advertising, money and effort have all failed to solve the many, varied, intertwined problems of our Gordian knot of a country. Cutting it up with polarized, unresearched comments is cheating on democracy and has gotten us what Alexander got, conflict. Instead I took four decades to patiently unravel it then reweave it into the fabric of an edifying society in the form of a full new constitution. Each provision is paraphrased in italics followed by an explanation of that provision. By the end you will have a clear picture of our priorities, our problems, and the solutions we must implement to survive. By the time you finish this book, you’ll want to do this deal.


The Valentine Constitution


PREAMBLE

ARTICLE. I.
The RULES of REPRESENTATION

PART. I.CAMPAIGN FINANCING, LOBBYING and CORRUPTION
PART. II. VOTING
PART. III. ELECTIONS
PART. IV. TERMS of OFFICE
PART. V. VACANCIES and ORDER of SUCCESSION
PART. VI. QUALIFICATION, OATH and IMMUNITY

ARTICLE. II.
Our EXECUTIVE BRANCH

CHAPTER. I.
Our FEDERAL EXECUTIVE

PART. I. Our PRESIDENT and VICE PRESIDENT
PART. II. The POWERS and RESPONSIBILITIES of Our PRESIDENT
PART. III. The POWERS and RESPONSIBILITIES of Our VICE PRESIDENT

CHAPTER. II.
Our STATE EXECUTIVE

PART. I. Our GOVERNOR and LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
PART. II. The POWERS and RESPONSIBILITIES of Our GOVERNORS
PART. III. The POWERS and RESPONSIBILITIES of Our LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS

ARTICLE. III.
Our LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

CHAPTER. I.
Our FEDERAL LEGISLATURES

PART. I. Our BICAMERAL FEDERAL LEGISLATURE
PART. II. Our SENATORS
PART. III. Our REPRESENTATIVES
PART. IV. The POWERS and RESPONSIBILITIES of Our FEDERAL LEGISLATURE

CHAPTER. II.
Our STATE LEGISTATURES

PART. I. Our BICAMERAL STATE LEGISLATURES
PART. II. Our LEGISLATORS
PART. III. Our COUNCILORS
PART. IV. The POWERS and RESPONSIBILITIES of Our STATE LEGISLATURES

CHAPTER. III.
The PROCEEDINGS of Our LEGISLATURES

PART. I. ASSEMBLY
PART. II. BILLS
PART. III. The VETO

ARTICLE. IV.
The DIVISION of POWERS

PART. I. GOVERNANCE
PART. II. FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITIES
PART. III. STATE RESPONSIBLILITIES
PART. IV. Our DEPARTMENTS

ARTICLE. V.
Our JUDICIAL Branch

PART. I. The JUDICIAL BUDGET and COMPENSATION
PART. II. Our JUSTICES
PART. III. STANDING and JURISDICTION
PART. IV. Our COURTS
PART. V. The PROCEEDINGS of Our JUDICIARY

ARTICLE. VI.
Our US ECONOMY

PART. I. A SINGLE BANK
PART. II. A SINGLE TAX
PART. III. Our BUDGET
PART. IV. JOBS, COMPENSATION, MONOPOLIES and DERIVATIVES
PART. V.A FAIR INTERNET MARKETPLACE
PART. VI.STANDARDS

ARTICLE. VII.
Our RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES

PART. I. The RIGHTS and RESPONSIBILITIES of Our CITIZENS
PART. II. Our PUBLIC SCHOOLS shall be FULFILLING
PART. III. Our WATER and FOOD SUPPLY shall be PROTECTED

ARTICLE. VIII.
Our FOREIGN AFFAIRS

PART. I. Our FOREIGN POLICY
PART. II. Our ARMED FORCES

ARTICLE. IX.
OBLIGATIONS


PLEDGE

With a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,

we mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes,

and our sacred Honor to each other

and to the passage of this Constitution

for Our United States of America.

SIGNATURES

james valentine