Current Opinion Volume 52

Current Opinion Volume 52

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: sound." Dr. William Draper Lewis, dean of the law school of the University of Pennsylvania, considers that Mr. Roosevelt's method "should be a most effective instrument for carrying on genuine popular government." It has long been the practice to amend State Constitutions by popular vote. If the entire Constitution can be thus amended, it is not a very radical change to permit the people in the same way to decide whether a particular statute shall stand. "We would not assume that the court was wrong in interpreting the Constitution. We would assume that it was right. But we would assume that the people have the right to say whether or not they wanted that particular enactment as part of their law." A similar view is advanced by ' main in our legislatures." The Outlook editorially. It is not in favor of the recall of judges but is in favor of the recall of judicial decisions. "This is not a recall of judges," it says; _"it is an appeal from the judges." The people practically possess this power now to overcome the veto of the court. Mr. Roosevelt's plan "simply provides a simpler and more expeditious method of exercizing that power." All the European nations, says The Outlook, except. Great Britain, have written constitutions limiting the power of the legislatures; but the legislatures are the final judges as to these limits and therefore as to their powers. Governor Osborne, of Michigan, "agrees exactly" with Mr. Roosevelt. The newspapers that unequivocally support the proposition are nearly as scarce as hen's teeth. Even those which, like the Los Angeles Tribune and Kansas City Times and the Youngstown Telegram, support it, do so in a rather...
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  • Paperback | 442 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 785g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236882369
  • 9781236882363