November 10, 1934 - Editorial - Impatient Procedure, by George Lorimer

It has long been the boast of those proud of the American scheme of Government that changes could be made in an orderly manner. The Constitution has been amended many times. Slavery has been abolished, income taxation adopted, suffrage extended to women, alcoholic beverages prohibited, and prohibition itself repealed.

All the states have constitutions, and many changes have been made in them also. But today there is impatience with such procedure. To many it slow and outmoded.

It should be borne in mind that both the Federal and state constitutions prohibit the confiscation of private property and throw about it various safeguards. It is really against these provisions that so many theorists who are demanding swifter means of Government action are railing. But the people are not asked to change their constitutions and remove the provisions which give security to property. There can be no objection to frank avowals in behalf of state Socialism. Anyone has a perfect right to agitate in favor of the removal from all the constitutions of property safeguards. But they should do so openly and urge the calling of constitutional conventions at which the people can pass on these subjects.

This seems to us a time when nothing is so needed as frank avowals and straightforward action. If the rights, liberties and protections which make up such a large part of our Federal and state constitutions are outmoded, why do not those who perceive the truth blaze it forth? Rather they seek their impatient ends by indirection. Their failure to make a frontal attack upon the basic framework of government is in itself an indication that their position is not a strong one. (pg. 22)

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