This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...a senator misrepresents the will of the State upon great questions of national policy or in time of public emergency, also that Willie P. Mangum, one of the senators from this State ...
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of the United States, be instructed to vote for expungiug from the records of the senate of the United States the resolution declaring that the President, in his late executive proceedings in relation to the public revenues, had assumed upon himself authority and power not conferred by the constitution and laws, but in derogation of both." As this debate was waged chiefly upon constitutional principles, we will give the chief points set forth by the two parties in support of their contentions. The chief speakers against the resolutions were Messrs. Flemming, Graham, Outlaw, Branch, and Norcum; those in favor were Messrs. Potts, Green, Edwards and others. A very good summary of the argument against the rsolutions is seen in the speech of Mr. Norcum, of Edenton. He said that the senate is a creature of the federal constitution, which was not adopted until eleven years after our State constitution. Our constitution does not recognize such an office. Therefore the power to elect which we have is conferred upon us by the federal constitution. We are the mere instruments to elect, but the senators represent the people as truly as the State legislature represents them. For us to instruct, is one agent instructing another agent; both are agents of the people. He further says it resolves itself into this: "Is this legislature the supreme or sovereign power of the State? If this is so, we can instruct or command, if not, we have no such authority." He continues that the senator is a representative of the sovereign power, but the legislature is not...