IN THIS small volume, with penetrating insight and unusual clarity of expression, Mr. Pusey has succeeded in laying bare every material consideration involved in President Roosevelt's startling proposal that Congress authorize him to add six members to the Supreme Court, unless that number of present judges can be coerced into leaving the bench. By making available to all thoughtful citizens, at the very time when the controversy is at white heat, a simple, concise, yet complete summary of the issues which are being debated in every corner of the land, the author has rendered a service of commanding value.
It cannot too often be emphasized that this is not a battle between the President and the Court. Rather it is the President against the people. The Court is brought into the struggle only because the people have charged it with the responsibility of protecting them from the danger of having the executive and the legislative departments attempt to exercise powers beyond those which the people have thus far been willing to trust those governing bodies to have.
One reading of these eleven short chapters will suffice to show that the issue to be decided is whether the people shall continue to have the pro