Official report of the proceedings and debates in the Convention assembled at Frankfort, on the eighth day of September, 1890, to adapt, amend, or ... of the state of Kentucky Volume 1

 
9781235933820: Official report of the proceedings and debates in the Convention assembled at Frankfort, on the eighth day of September, 1890, to adapt, amend, or ... of the state of Kentucky Volume 1
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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. 1890 Excerpt: ...propriety. With these two provisions, sir, we will have a perfect guaranty of equality among our people. Special legislation for private persons or favored classes--the bane of our government for years, the fruitful source of corruption, extravagance and inequality--will be an impossibility. Without them, or something equivalent, the people and their treasury are at the merciful discretion of the Legislature. They will not hamper the Legislature in any of the powers that should legitimately belong to it. They would not retard the growth or prosperity of the Commonwealth a single moment. They would insure equality in rights, equality in privileges, and equality in responsibilities among all under similar circumstances. But as I have said, sir, this is no matter of personal pride with me. Let us, if we can, protect the people who have honored us. If the proposition I have offered will not answer the end, will not some of you gentlemen propose something that will? If we cannot, let us with bowed heads go back to those who sent us here, and as we look into their honest faces and kind, confiding eyes. let us tell them: "We found you crushed by an incubus we could not destroy; we had not the wisdom to relieve you. Make up your minds to bear it with uncomplaining patience. The golded legend 'equal and exact justice to all men, and exclusive privileges to none,' which we proudly proclaimed to you from the hustings, is a delusion and a snare. It is a " flaunting lie." Your lot is one of unending inequality and servitude." Mr. Chairman, I must thank the Committee for the extraordinary courtes and attention with which the honorable Delegates have listened to the imperfect and disjointed remarks I have had the honor to submit. I am done. (Applause.)...

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