Unicameral Legislature; Arguments for and Against

Unicameral Legislature; Arguments for and Against

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...of what is law and equity. And any movement in opposition to this well-marked tendency cannot be regarded as other than an attempt to render abortive this rapidly increasing power of the people. 2. The large two-house legislature is a training school for those who govern us. If only aifew could take part in the cgreat business of government, our statesmen must necessarily be few, having but limited opportunity to see the principles of government applied in actual practice and could hardly be expected to acquire the facility in the expression of the popular will which is a prime requisite in real statesmanship. Our legislatures have been the real training schools for distinguished 7 'than of a large number. statesman in the past. There is scarcely a statesman of national reputation since the inauguration of our government more than a century ago who did not gain his experience in this school. Our statesmen, serving their apprenticeship in this school, thoroughly imbued with the ideals and aspirations of the common people, have gone by promotion to the National Congress, there to fight for the rights of the common man. In a republic we need the greatest possible number of men trained in the theory and actual practice of government. 3. In a small, unicameral legislature the representative unit must be larger. In consequence, real, genuine American representation will no longer be possibl'e. In order to preserve our idea of representation each unit must be small. The problem of each unit differs somewhat from that of any other unit, and these problems cannot be understood unless the representative is in daily contact with them. One county is wholly interested in agriculture, another in mining, another in oil. So in order to carry...show more

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  • Paperback | 30 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 73g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236856147
  • 9781236856142