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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 70



Electors should remember that they are trustees, holding in trust for the nation the only power which can secure the return to Parliament of the best men available. If they do not use their powers to do that good work, they' are morally guilty of the ills the colony suffers at the hands of inferior men. The old proverb says, "Doing nothing is doing ill." Wilful neglect to thwart the murderer's thrust at his victim, or to lead the blind child off page 18 the line out of the way of the approaching train, would involve condemnation by political and moral laws, and it is equally bad to neglect to register and to vote for the best representatives available. Legislators entail weal or woe on nations. Those electors who shirk their political duties are disloyal to the constitution, unfair to other electors, and unworthy of the rights and privileges of citizenship. Registration and voting are not matters of choice but are moral obligations. Men ought to do those things, and it is now doubly necessary that all who have families and property should do so because the one-man-one-vote system gives the street-corner lounger and men with criminal instincts as much voting power as the large manufacturer, farmer, capitalist, or thrifty artisan.