VALENTINE is an American political philosopher who has devoted 35 years of his life and most ($5mil) of his money to finding effective solutions to America’s social, political, and governmental problems, culminating in a new Constitution.
Valentine was born in Virginia on Valentine’s Day in 1957 and raised in the suburbs of Washington until 9 when his family moved 50 miles west to a farm near the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River. He skipped eleventh grade and graduated with a 4.0 GPA in 1972, and also graduated early from the University of Virginia where he studied constitutional and international law, foreign affairs, economics, criminology and political philosophy. He ran for president of the student body placing 3rd. In 1978 he simultaneously ran the precinct operations of both the Frank Wolf for US Congress and the John Warner for US Senate campaigns in VA’s 10th district (adjacent to DC) and was dismayed by the dishonorable self-interest, apathy, cynicism, and inability of all the candidates and elected officials to produce any real world solutions. Candidacy, he realized, was not going to get it done.
He roughnecked in the Texas oil fields before moving to New York in 1980 and 1981 where he modeled for Elite with the world’s first supermodels and was part of the creative Studio 54 social scene at what Warhol called “the center of the center”. When AIDS hit hard and suddenly, Valentine left New York and traveled the world studying foreign governments in Mexico City, Sydney, Singapore where he studied Lee Kuan Yew’s successful experiment in benign dictatorship, Malaysia, Thailand, Macau, Hong Kong and Tokyo, even heavily communist Red China where every single person dressed in the same black pajamas and rode the same black bicycle.
London and Paris proved boring by comparison, so in 1985 the workaholic moved to Las Vegas where he studied music and law at UNLV and wrote the music to the 50 songs he had created abroad before moving to Los Angeles in 1987 where he studied screenwriting, directing, producing and taxation at UCLA, owned a dress company, and designed shoes. He made two motion pictures, partnered with Ascent Media to run the first definitive tests of the world’s first digital cameras, renegotiated Fininvest’s deals with Playboy and Warner Brothers, and wrote 50 screenplays.
In the early 1990s Valentine litigated and won 5 court cases representing himself in Superior court in Beverly Hills. The experience gave him a good taste of America’s justice system before moving to Redondo Beach for seven years to do the research and analysis necessary to formulate 12 amendments to our constitution, including the many popular changes most Citizens had advocated for decades.
In 2000 Valentine moved to South Beach where he financed and single handedly restored the neighboring WWII Victory Gardens from a trash lot to a vibrant community gardening scene. He wrote, produced, directed, financed and starred in two PG 13 motion pictures: ‘Romantic Schemer’ and ‘4/11’, in a failed attempt to acquire the fame required to attract national attention to his amendments.
Prompted by the economic meltdown in 2007, Valentine returned to his recodification work for several years. He consolidated all of our current constitutional amendments into our current Constitution, then folded in his amendments, giving him his first rough draft of a new constitution. Over most of the next eight years he would add his solutions to problems exposed by the meltdown, as well as many solutions to specific issues he had been formulating over the years, none covered by our original constitution, until he had an integrated new American constitution, finally achieving a life long goal. During that time he moved to Nashville for most of 2010 and 2011 where he made numerous political videos and political music videos explaining the provisions of his amendments then later of his constitution. Valentine wrote and produced a 50 song library of original material he recorded with legendary session musicians on Music Row in Nashville with Valentine singing the vocals. A third of the songs were political or sociological and have music videos.
From 2012 to 2014 Valentine returned to South Beach to edit and mix and record vocals on the Nashville music project, and to oversee post-production on his videos and movies all the while working on his constitution. In 2015 and 2016 he tested the reception for his new constitution and a presidential run and met with the same ugliness on the Democrats’ side that he witnessed on the Republicans’ side in 1979. He realized the necessity for name recognition, marketing and fundraising when the mainstream press virtually ignored his new constitution in favor of the ratings bonanza that was the entertaining hollow horse race between Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In the middle of it all in 2016 Valentine wrote THE VALENTINE CONSTITUTION, a 300 page policy book describing the solutions provided by his constitution and his vision for America. Afterwards he tested various marketing and advertising ploys but his ads were rejected by the media. He made the music video MOFFUFFY on YouTube which has a recording of one rejection between his legal staffer and the editor and advertising director of The Hollywood Reporter on speaker phone rejecting his $5,000 full page ad for no real reason.
The summer of 2016 he made the music video “trippin’ honky” to appeal to the rap audience and offered the rights to Snoop’s foundation in return for a tweet. Likewise through “handlers” at their PR companies who likewise probably never forwarded the material, Valentine offered Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga to sing the female part of his already recorded and mixed duet “hide n’ seek” since the provisions of Valentine’s constitution are in total concert with their mission statements and those of their pet causes and foundations.
On a weekend in July of 2016 in an effort to interest those Sanders’ supporters and delegates who refused to back Hillary into instead backing The Valentine Constitution, Valentine went to the DNC convention and found his first fellow patriots at the pro-Bernie-anti-Hillary protest camp and music stage and headquarters in FDR Park. Valentine met and sidekicked for two days with the man who mortgaged his house to pay for the stage and jumbotrons where the protestors gathered to take in music, videos and speeches, and where the Bernie delegates came after walking out of the convention, in tears and tossing their credentials to those with enough stomach to go back in and continue the fight. Like the man who mortgaged his home, Valentine had exerted a lot of effort over the years at great physical, emotional and financial expense and did his part by buying the staffers and workers lunches and dinners and two days later picked up the check for the farewell dinner for the inner circle who had sacrificed so much for several months to protest and stage all the events. But most of them were still too loyal to Bernie and now supportive of his new call for them to run for offices small and large to consider the Valentine Constitution.
In 2017 and the first half of 2018, Valentine created the branding, marketing, websites and social media for his constitution, his presidential run in 2020, his constitution book, his political music videos and songs, his commercial songs, his movies, and produced a lyrics book, LYRICS by Valentine, and a poetry book, POETRY by Valentine, and 30 of his screenplays as eBooks.
Valentine is an independent candidate for President in 2020 since implementation of the provisions of a ratified constitution will fall to the executive branch, and he’s most qualified to do so. He knows now that most Americans are too politically lazy and too skeptical to read a political book, even when simply written and about solutions to their problems. Instead voters prefer the known and comfortable judging of candidates chosen for them by the mainstream press and the political parties. Citizens say they want solutions but 90% of politicians in office get re-elected even though they have less than a 25% approval rating and haven’t solved a problem in decades. Even if one’s wish list of candidates were elected, what legislation would they pass? Candidates are too polarized and stalemated, both between and within parties, to pass all the legislation needed to solve our many problems, and how long would it take them? In our Declaration of Independence Jefferson confirmed that Americans would rather wallow in the misery of their problems than spend time solving them decisively for themselves by demanding a new constitution: “Mankind are more disposed to suffer than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.” Unless we dictate play, our problems will never be solved.