Headed by Steven H. Nemerovski, a seasoned political expert, NOTA is on a quest to solve D.C. gridlock via a third political party started first on the local and state levels.
Steven Nemerovski, through his organization None of the Above, is determined to fix this nation’s dysfunctional, polarized political system. His concept is based on using a third party to first disrupt the power of the majority party at local levels nationwide.
As the partisan bickering in Washington, D.C. continues to intensify, further feeding the dysfunction and polarization of elected officials on both sides of the aisle, one man is committed to providing a solution.
As a speaker, college professor, political lobbyist, TV show host, author, and founder of None of the Above, Steven H. Nemerovski is aggressively working to establish himself as a leading expert on how to fix this nation’s dysfunctional, polarized political system. His ultimate remedy? Facilitate the establishment of a third party that’s unlike any other third party this nation has seen.
“There are many ideas on how to fix America’s polarized, dysfunctional government, but my proposal on using a third party to first disrupt the power of the majority party at local levels nationwide has the best chance of succeeding,” said Nemerovski, who also goes by the nickname of “Nemo.”
Nemerovski says one reason third political parties have fared so poorly in presidential elections is because they tried to compete for the nation’s top political job before having success on the local and state level.
“It’s the equivalent of trying to build and sustain a championship baseball team without a farm system,” said Nemerovski. “Even if a third party should be fortunate enough to have its candidate win the election, without the benefit of meaningful legislative support there is little opportunity to carry its agenda. This is not dissimilar to the experience of the Trump administration to date.”
The last time a third political party posed a serious challenge was in the 1912 U.S. presidential election, when former President Teddy Roosevelt secured 88 electoral votes and 27 percent of the popular vote on behalf of the Progressive Party. This was also the last election where a candidate who was neither Republican nor Democrat finished second. Other than that, since then a third party was only able to secure a small portion of the electoral votes in the 1924 (Robert M. LaFollette – 13), 1948 (J. Strom Thurmond – 39) and 1968 (George C. Wallace – 46) elections.
“My theory is to avoid competing for the executive branch until the third party has gained legislative victories and policy success to prove its value. It will take at least six to eight years. Also, the party must first be successful at the local and state levels before jumping into the national arena,” said Nemerovski. “And success can simply mean winning just enough seats so that neither the republicans nor the democrats have majority status anymore. It may be a few seats. That then gives a third party amazing legislative leverage.”
For example, if there are 100 members in a legislative body and one of the two parties has 51 seats; then it has the majority. A third party can disrupt that control by winning just 2 seats, thus theoretically leaving the republicans and democrats with 49 each, and without either in control of the legislature.
“In a scenario like that, you can control 100 percent of the conversation and drive compromise,” said Nemerovski. “Now, instead of dysfunction and polarization, they must cooperate, they must talk, they must try to cut deals. It’s a very simple concept, but very few people are pushing it. I believe I was the first to propose this concept when my ‘E Party’ novel was published in 2010.”
Nemerovski acknowledges that waiting up to eight years to compete for the office of the president isn’t quite the overnight cure many U.S. citizens are hoping for, but says if the process is rushed, the third party will not have been built for success. Instead, it will just add another layer of dysfunction.
Having spent the greater part of his career in law, government and politics, Nemerovski has the credentials that lend gravitas to his ideas. His previous positions have included Parliamentarian for the Illinois House of Representatives, General Counsel to the Illinois Housing Development Authority, Special Counsel to the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, and outside General Counsel to various state agencies in Illinois. In addition, he’s served as campaign manager for three campaigns for candidates seeking election to the Illinois House and consulted on many other campaigns. Also on Nemerovski’s resume: he’s currently an adjunct professor with the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York City.
“I’m intimately acquainted with the inner workings of politics and the legislative process,” said Nemerovski. “Incumbency protection is the main cancer we’re fighting. It’s destroying our political system.”
Via his website, books, and “None of the Above” television show on Grassroots TV in Aspen, Colorado, Nemerovski outlines the steps necessary for changing the incumbency protection built into and perpetuated through the legislative process: campaign finance, ballot access, redistricting and voting rights. He asserts incumbent legislators from both parties pass legislation designed to virtually guarantee re-election by making it extremely difficult for a third party challenger to mount a serious campaign.
Nemerovski is the author of “Third Party,” a series of political novels. “Third Party Volume I: Starting in The Middle” (originally published in 2010 as “E Party”) and “Third Party Volume II: Strange Bedfellows” were released in 2016. The third and final volume in the series is in the works.
For more information, visit www.noneoftheabove.us.
The mission of None of the Above (NOTA) is to identify, discuss and provide solutions for dysfunction and polarization in the American political system. NOTA, led by Professor Steven Nemerovski, believes the underlying causes of dysfunction and polarization are primarily tied to the elements of incumbency protection built into and perpetuated through the legislative process. As a nonpartisan organization, NOTA doesn’t advocate on behalf of any party, causes or ideologies; rather the notion that our democratic process will be better served at all levels of government when there is enhanced dialog regarding the critical issues of the day, when this dialog occurs with a heightened sense of civility and respect, and when the system is brought back toward the center. Ultimately, NOTA is dedicated to the proposition that the ever-increasing dysfunction and polarity within our great American experiment in Democracy can be ameliorated with effective, competitive third party politics. NOTA is headquartered in Snowmass, Colorado. For more information, visit: www.noneoftheabove.us
Jeff Pizzino, APR