Contributions Volume 6

Contributions Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... inviting at its birth, it was welcomed by the people as the best plan then devised for collecting and formulating their opinions and wishes. Instead of representing and reflecting the opinions and will of the people, it early became their political master. It promptly relegated recognized statesmen and men of ability to the rear, and in their places thrust men of small caliber and unsavory records. It craftily persuaded the people to accept the political yoke, known as the caucus and convention, and then compelled them to bow down before the political "Idol" which had been invented and ingeniously fashioned for them. The political boss, by an adroit and unscrupulous use of this party machine, has developed into a full grown political dictator, and to-day this "convention machine" absolutely rules the people, and the party bossdictates all nominations. Practically, the people are power less in the presence of this political machine. As a consequence, not ten per cent, of the voters in either of the great parties in any State attend the primary caucuses, and if they sometimes do, when there is an unusual excitement, they are promptly voted down, unless the bosses determine that it would be better policy to make a few well-known "antimachine men" delegates, in which event they are each deliberately sandwiched between a half dozen or more "reliable" machine statesmen, so as to render them powerless in any convention, and thus compel them (if they attend the convention), to accept the platform adopted and support the candidate nominated. This sleight-of-hand performance has been repeated over and over again. Solomon, in his book of "Proverbs," says, "Surely, in vain the net is spread in the sight...show more

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  • Paperback | 150 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 281g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236605659
  • 9781236605658