Political Tactics

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these modifications may be considered as amendments--that is to say, ameliorations or corrections.The second class will include all those which directly or indirectly tend to cause the original motion to be rejected; as by demanding priority in favour of some other motion, or by proposing an adjournment of the question for an indefinite time, &c.In order to produce a decree, only three acts are absolutely necessary:--1.To make a motion; 2. To vote; 3. To declare the result of the votes.But before arriving at the conclusion, there are, in the ordinary course of things, many steps or intermediate acts proper to be taken.We shall here set them down in chronological order:--
1. Previous promulgation of motions, projects of laws, and amendments.
2. Making the motion which exhibits the project.
3. Occasionally ordering it to be printed and published.
4. Seconding the motion.
5. Deliberating upon it.
6. Putting the question.
7. Voting summarily.
8. Declaring the result of the summary voting.
9. Dividing the assembly--that is, demanding distinct voting.
10. Collecting the votes regularly.
11. Declaring the result.
12. Registering all the proceedings.+


IT is proper that the assembly should previously have before its eyes a statement of the business with which it is to be engaged, that nothing may be left to chance, and that it may not be exposed to surprises. It ought to impose on all who wish to present any motions to it, the obligation of duly preparing them, and making them known. A discussion, the object of which has been previously made known, will be the result of more deliberation, and consequently shorter: the reasons for and against, having been the subjects of meditation, the debaters will have ascertained their strength, and taken up their positions accordingly.

This object may be accomplished by a single regulation. Let the secretary open three distinct registers--for Motions, Bills or projects of laws,+ and Amendments; every member being allowed to present to him a motion to be registered; and all motions, after having been printed in a


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