1. Contains the discovery of an unrecognized political right, one "hidden in plain sight" for two centuries, but never constitutionally redeemed: the people's right to nominate candidates for public office. 

  2. This should have been obvious, you might say. But it wasn't.

  3. This book shows how that unknown Right has been abused. Because it was unprotected, it was ruthlessly exploited. Political parties fought tenaciously to keep control of the entire nomination process, in which candidates for public offices are chosen. 

  4. Voters are then limited to those party candidates as their only choices.

  6. By doing this, the parties created a dual monopoly (meaning dual ongoing control ) over the people's government. Unnoticed behind the smokescreen of political fights, the parties quietly took the sovereignty of the people away from them ("relieved them" of it ).  

  7. The result is a deformity of the Framers' design which ends up benefitting tiny, elite minorities (party leaders and their clients) at the expense of all others.                                                               


  9. Proposes an Amendment to secure this Right, the Right to Nominate, for those to whom it belongs: the people. 

  10. This book, The Right to Nominate,


  •   The Framers loathed political parties

  •   They designed and wrote the Constitution to prevent parties from taking over our government. This book shows, in the Constitution's text, where the anti-party clauses are.

  •   Parties took over anyway. They shoved aside the Framers' design, and replaced it with the 'party system'.

  •   By taking over our government, the parties took the sovereignty of the people ["sovereignty" means "actual control"] away from them. What we now have for government is not what the Framers designed:

  •   The sovereignty of the people is gone. This basis for the Framers' entire design was made null (pushed aside) when parties took control of American government. 

  • [see  "The Lost Sovereignty",  a BLOG on this website.]

  •   The Right to Nominate shows that this takeover was not "inevitable", as Americans have since been taught. Rather, the parties exploited a loophole in the Framers' design to take over what the Framers intended to be the people's government.        


  • Breakthroughs in constitutional theory are presented:

  • Amendment XXVIII is proposed, to close the "loophole" the     parties exploited, thus returning sovereign power to the people and restoring the original design of the Constitution

  •   a.) An axiom is proposed and explained: "In a republic, whoever controls nominations for elective offices controls the resulting government." (e.g., Iran, Cuba, China, the old Soviet bloc)                              

  •   b.) It explains more: How this axiom also holds true in a two-party system.

Note:  As former congressman Mickey Edwards shows us in "The Parties Versus the People", the two parties maintain control of our government by controlling access to the ballot. (i.e., by controlling nominations).

  • 11. Unless the people of a republic have the power in their own hands to nominate candidates, independent of the government and independent of all parties and interest groups, then the people (the voters) will simply become Objects to manipulate.

  • The people, as Objects, will then be subjected to the strategies and manipulation of whoever does nominate candidates. (This is how "the politicians" took ownership of government away from the people.)

  • 11. If Western democracies are to survive, their people must regain and use the independent Right to Nominate. 

  • The Party System is not, in fact, "representative". It trends strongly toward the formation of elites in the parties, a form of oligarchy. Under party rule, the people lose their sovereignty: they are no longer 'the Boss' as the Framers intended; party leaders are now 'the Boss', making hollow the entire premise of the Framers' design.

  •      [see  'What kind of government is America?'  a BLOG on this website based on the research of Gilens and Paige]        
  • 12. Primary elections do not solve this problem. Why? Because virtually everyone in a primary is either a party member, or self-nominated.

  • The outcome of these primaries, again and again, is simple: more party candidates, with the end result of always leaving control of our government in the hands of party leaders.                                                           

  • Now, who thought that up? Not the Framers!                                    

13. The Right to Nominate Amendment, when passed, will correct this party-organized restriction of American freedom (i.e., will restore the freedom to vote for whom we choose, including publicly-nominated Independents); so we'll no longer be forced to vote only for PARTY nominees, which is an abomination against American freedom.

           [see  'From Your Old Boss', a BLOG on this website]

14. Genuine competition coming from a NON-party source, (i.e., competition engendered by an Amendment providing the mechanism for public nominations NOT coming from any party), is the only way to bring the party system under control and restore both the Constitution's design and the people's sovereignty.

After passage of the Right to Nominate .Amendment, the parties would be free to continue nominating their "in-somebody's-pocket" candidates, None of their rights would be abridged.  But with the Amendment, American voters would at last! have a real choice.


The Right to Nominate shows how ruinous party-system government has become; but the book is not a protest or complaint. It is instead a proposal for ending the corrupt,  oligarchic and liberty-restricting party system as our form of government, and for restoring the original design of our Constitution.

 Let's find out what our Constitutional form of government can do, and would have done, if the parties hadn't shoved it aside and taken over!


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