Messages to the Legislature

Messages to the Legislature

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...of his arty in the campaigns, that he has to defend his country in the field when the sterner duties of war summoned him in its defense. A close study of the history of caucuses and conventions will convince any unbiased mind, in search for truth, that the voter has been gradually eliminated as a factor, after long, patient trial, because the delegate system has utterly failed to represent him or to reflect his opinion in its results. Through the succession of generations human nature is the same, and when De Tocqueville declared that "the most powerful, and perhaps the only, means of interesting men in the welfare of the country is to make them partakers in the govern" ment," he uttered a truth which applies quite as forcibly to the primary step in suffrage, as to the secondary step in suffrage, --to the nomination of candidates as to their election after nomination. And the interest and influence of the voter can be as well and as certainly secured in the one as in the other, if the same means are taken to guarantee to him the same certainty of result respecting the one as the other. No man enjoys being made a puppet of, and to rally to the caucus only to have his effort defeated by a well organized and well disciplined minority, or, if delegates are chosen who seem to reflect the will of the majority in the caucus, to discover later that through the complicated system of delegating and redelegating their authority, the nominations finally made are the result of the dickers and deals and combinations and commercial transactions which rule modern conventions. It would be strange, indeed, if the citizen should continue to be interested in the proceedings of a system productive of such results. Abolish the laws which more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236890582
  • 9781236890580