2 out of 4 stars
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The Right to Nominate by Thomas E. Peterson, a philosopher and a pastor, is a non-fiction book that directly tackles the influences of an often overlooked political aspect: political parties and factions. As the usual pattern, political writers, reporters, and critics frequently gripe about the negative inhibitions of famous political figures, and the societal drawbacks brought upon by controversial political issues and failed government agendas. It could be viewed upon as a never-ending carousel of enduring political debates and arguments. However, in this book, Peterson takes on a very underestimated aspect of the disengaging political arena.
This book started with a general worldview of the powerful actions, inhibitions, and words that gave birth to the American constitution. Through effective rhetorical statements and questions, Peterson then proceeded to criticizing politicians of the past for producing a political system that they initially loathed. As powerful and influential as they are, Peterson despised the fact that they threw away all their principles and values so as to give way to the entrance of parties and factions to the game. This fact would then emphatically catch the undivided attention of the Framers and cause them to gather and advocate against this political system. The Framers exposed how parties and factions used existing political powers and rights to their own greedy and self-fulfilling ambitions.
Furthermore, Peterson provided a vivid depiction of the status of the voters, and how these political parties and factions trap and force them to do something out of having no other choice. The book does not hold back on depicting the shameful and degrading effects of negative politics to human character.
The Right to Nominate is a very informational book about the political aspect that it discusses. Peterson paid attention to defining the historical and contextual meaning of important terms, and even provided direct quotations from the likes of George Washington and other famous political figures as classic references. The writer also exhibited an unbiased point-of-view by depicting both sides of the coin through giving contrasting perspectives a chance to be heard and analyzed. Also, Peterson utilized figures of speech, most particularly metaphorical situations, to give life to a rather serious and sensitive topic.
However, it could be sadly noted that a number of grammatical and syntactic errors are abound in the text. Also, Peterson could have opted to broaden the scope of the book by including historical narratives that do not just relate to the negative influences of political factions. The book’s almost one-dimensional approach will bore readers and hinder the book from becoming a page-turner.
Overall, I would give Thomas E. Peterson’s The Right to Nominate 2 out of 4 stars mainly because of the abundance of grammatical errors in the text and also its inclination on a one-dimensional approach. I would recommend this book for people whose careers and interests venture towards politics and government. However, for the common people who just wanted to learn about the history of politics, there are more worthwhile books to read instead of this piece.
The Right to Nominate
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