Coach-1640280 re-written constitution is designed for complete legal neutrality to current constitution except for the following basic outline changes:
Legislative Branch (now 30,000 employees)
Total congressional representation ratio (US population/congressperson) to be maintained at 1776 levels, approximately 26,666 citizens per congressperson. This yields a congress of approximately 12,000 members.
Adjustments for population growth to take place at 10 year census data periods, to maintain the 1776 cm1 representation level. All current serving congresspersons start as part of the original 12,000, complete elected or appointed term, and only then are replaced by re-election or sortition.
The Senate to consist of half congress members (6000), sortition assigned, from pool of all American citizenry. Sortition is scientifically administered by the judicial branch. Senate is not elected.
House to consist of half congress members (6000), elected as currently practiced.
Executive Branch (now 1,660,000 employees)
Presidency to consist of 3,5,7,or 9 co-presidents, all elected.
All presidential decision requires majority of co-president signatures. This includes legislation signing, veto, pardons, executive orders, cabinet assignments, supreme court nominations, appointments, military authorities, and all other constitutional authorities given the executive branch.
Judicial Branch (now 33,000 employees)
Directs and scientifically conducts unbiased sortition assignment of all senate positions using the most accurate and scientific sorition methods available to assure the most representative sample of American population.
Is responsible to proactively and transparently promote civic and judicial public education and participation in all areas of federal justice branch activity.
Is responsible to proactively seek to open all justice branch activity to citizen participation, regardless of legal training, education, or other “qualifying” circumstance.
Responsible for maintaining continued expansion of judicial transparency, public understanding, and public access to all federal judicial systems, functions, and documents.
Maintains and updates a valid public abridged version of ConstitutionM2, legally valid in quote and argument in all US courts, written in the vernacular to 3rd grade elementary education level comprehension.
Maintains a commission of constitutional and English language experts to assist in writing, updating, and revising the current abridged version of constitutionM2 and to assist with above stated goals.
The judicial branch is responsible to approve a vernacular abridged constitutionM2, within three years, and to maintain, update, and approve this version annually.
The judicial branch is responsible for writing, maintaining and approving vernacular abridged versions (transparent translations to 3rd grade vernacular) of all supreme court and federal case law decisions.
All judicial branch legal decisions and discussions are translated into an abridged and approved vernacular version.
The judicial branch is charged with the responsibility of promoting layman/public and vernacular participation in the legal system and removing barriers to self legal representation or other forms of popular participation in all courts. (No law degree required to argue before the supreme court) This charge includes self representative access to all courts, simplification of court processes, transparency of documentation, forms, filing procedures, and participation. It includes vernacular “translations” or “abridgements” of all court participations, processes, documents, and decisions.
Simply put, the judicial branch is charged with eliminating “lawyer” specialization and monopolization of judicial branch access and participation. It is charged with responsibility to popularize judicial branch access and participation through vernacular communication and translation of judicial processes, improved transparency, simplification of procedures, and greater public access to judicial systems.
Are you legally smarter than a 3rd grader? The judicial branch is charged to assist the 3rd grader. If the job is done right, the 3rd grader can be as legally savvy as most lawyers. The goal is 3rd grade English participation, documentation, and understanding of all aspects of US legal process, courts, and justice system. The goal is a totally public proactive and transparent federal judicial branch.
Separation of money and state:
The rights of the people, extended in this constitution shall not be construed or implied to extend to legal military, economic, social, religious, or political entities. Only individual legal citizens or congress may contribute to federal office campaigns. All campaign finance contributions are publicly recorded and limited by congress.
As stated above, political parties are outlawed in their role as administrators to campaign finance funding, collection, and other monetary campaign activities. Separation of money and state also includes separation of money and political parties.
Protection of States Rights:
Concern is expressed that sortitioning the senate will jeopardize state rights as the senate is argued to be “representatives of the states”. As “representative of the states”, the senate is argued to protect “states rights”. A scientifically sortitioned senate will not follow state boundaries in choosing senators. It is argued that this will jeopardize state rights and state constitutional power. (Note: “state rights” are still represented in house election districting)
It is proposed that Article 4 include a states “bill of rights” to protect state powers in question. This bill of rights, among other things, will deal with unfunded federal mandates, clarify interstate commerce laws and power, and deal in other areas of concern for state governments.
State governments are charged with writing this bill of rights and approving it by majority of state congresses. As further protection for state governments, constitutional amendment to the states bill of rights need not require full-blown constitutional amendment procedure, but only a majority of state congressional approvals.
The initial aim of the states “bill of rights” is to preserve state rights, as they existed before constitutional rewrite (cm2), not to initiate new powers or reduce the power of state governments.
How do you pay for all this government?
Government must take responsibility for American economic success, take pay decreases in times of recession and depression, and take pay increases in times of growth and prosperity. Government employee compensation should never exceed median American income and work benefits. When it’s time to cut back because of recession or depression, straight, equal and across the board percentage salary decreases reduce federal payroll to match failing middle America’s payroll. The reverse takes place when the economy grows and prospers.
Greater representation in government is inexpensive because pay and benefits are tied to the American dream and never exceeds middle America’s median compensation. Middle America citizen “owns” government. Why should owner compensation be less than employee compensation?
When service in a restaurant suffers, more waiters are needed. When fire breaks out everywhere, more fire fighters are needed. When crime becomes rampant, more police are needed. When democracy morphs to elected oligarchy and America lacks governance, send help to the few surviving democratic representatives. More representatives are needed. More presidents are needed. The antidote to corruption of power is disbursement of power. Step it up, America. Be proactive. Check out plan-b.
Citizen is coach to team democracy. Coach is responsible for success. It’s your call, coach.
Presidential Candidate (for one of 9 executive branch presidents) 2016
Constitution Millennium I, 1776 constitution as practiced in 2010: ConstitutionM1 (cm1)
Constitution Millennium II, revised cm1, same song, second verse: ConstitutionM2 (cm2)