The Initiative and Referendum


This country is facing today a crisis as serious as any which has occurred in its history, except that of the Civil War. Popular government is being put to the test, and the outcome will determine whether the people of this country are capable of governing themselves. The aim of popular government is, or should be, to give effect to the sober and mature judgment of a majority of the people, due regard being had for the rights and welfare of all. A people not able or willing to accomplish this cannot be said to be qualified for self government.

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