But Rockefeller was determined to be President. After his third try failed in 1968, he realized that he was too liberal for any Republican Convention ever to nominate him for President, so he planned an alternate route to the White House that would bypass the grassroots. He got his friends to write an amendment to the U.S. Constitution providing that if there were a vacancy in the office of Vice President, the President could name a new Vice President. It’s not easy to amend the U.S. Constitution, so Rockefeller called on his cleverest lawyers to write the Amendment, develop the talking points, and then lobby three-fourths of state legislatures to pass it quickly, without publicity. They made the new Amendment sound so reasonable and non-controversial.
This 25th Amendment is one of our longest constitutional amendments, and few people read it before or after it was passed. Its real purpose was to give us a vice president and then a president who was never chosen or elected by the American people. The 25th Amendment succeeded in making Nelson Rockefeller Vice President, but it did not made him President. You can read the rest of the story, and how another man used the 25th Amendment and became President without ever being elected by the American people. You can read about who that man was in my new edition of A Choice Not An Echo.
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