Citizens as Sovereigns

Citizens as Sovereigns

Citizens as Sovereigns

Citizens as Sovereigns

Excerpt

This book is an effort to put on paper what seem to me to be the most significant learnings derived from a life now approaching its eighth decade.

Even among characteristically mobile compatriots my life has been curious. Harold Laski in one of his books devoted a paragraph to describing it as an example of the astonishing way in which in the American government persons come to rather high position for no logical reason.

Since most readers who know of my activities will be disposed to think of me only in terms of the national government, there may be some purpose in sketching the whole background.

I attended my first political rally in a small Missouri village at the age of five, in the first campaign between McKinley and Bryan. By the time I was twelve I had begun to concentrate on local affairs; I had attended a number of mass meetings, and as a newspaper carrier had observed how reform campaigns required me on Sundays to carry the paper through the back doors of saloons instead of the front doors used in quieter times in spite of the Sunday-closing law. I eavesdropped unchallenged while the politicians planned a coup which smashed one of these reform efforts.

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