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DIRECT LEGISLATION MEANS
The veto power in the hands of the people.
The adopting power in the people's laws.
The proposing and enacting power in the hands of the sovereign people.
The end of corrupt legislation.
The death of the lobby.
The development of good citizenship.
The effectuation of popular sovereignty, or making popular sovereignty a fact instead of a name and a theory.
Government by and for the people.
THE VETO POWER IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE
PROF. FRANK PARSONS
LECTURER IN BOSTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL; MEMBER AMERICAN SOCIAL SCIENCE
WOULD COME TO PASS IF THE PEOPLE HAD THE POWER
TO CALL FOR A DIRECT VOTE AT THE POLLS
ON SUCH MEASURES AS THEY
DEEMED BEST TO HAVE SUBMITTED
FOR THEIR APPROVAL OR
This book is designed to aid (1) those who desire to understand the nature and meaning of direct legislation in the shortest possible time, and (2) those who wish a full discussion of the subject from which they may secure abundant materials for articles and addresses.
The first chapter contains a short treatment of direct legislation in its broadest relations, including its effects upon war, trusts, finance, and other national questions, and the method of its use in federal elections. This chapter is of special interest in connection with the direct legislation planks in the Kansas City and Sioux Falls platforms.
Chapter II summarizes twenty of the chief reasons for the extension of the use of the referendum in city, state, and national affairs.
Chapter III affords an exhaustive statement of the history, operation, and results of direct legislation in this country and in Switzerland, together with all the arguments for the extension of Direct Legislation, and a thoro discussion of the objections that have been raised against it.
The historical portions and part of the facts and arguments are restatements and condensations of matter printed in previous works, but many of the most effective arguments and modes of presentaton are wholly original and will not be found in the work of any preceding writer.
ARE ASKED TO VOTE
ON STATE AND NATIONAL PLATFORMS
THAT IS, THEY ARE ASKED TO VOTE ON FOUR OR FIVE OR A DOZEN QUESTIONS
ALL IN A HEAP.
WHY NOT ASK THEM
TO SAY YES OR NO
ON EACH ISSUE SEPARATELY,
AND MAKE THEIR DECISION BINDING.
THEN YOU HAVE
DIRECT LEGISLATION, OR REAL AND EFFECTIVE
GOVERNMENT BY THE PEOPLE.