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Calvinism - pagina 7

the origin and safeguard of our constitutional liberties

2 minuten leestijd

1

Constitutional Liberties.

895-]

649

Then, after taking an oath, they elect from their own number, by a popular vote, a ma}'or and a council of one hundred members. The choice is made lowing statutes shall be kept.

from the people and the nobility, without preference of either

The one hundred

class.

councillors divide themselves into

two chambers, one of which consists of the mayor and twentyand the other of the remaining seventy-five. No decree of the mayor is valid without the approval of the five councillors

The approval

first.

of the seventy-five

needed

is

every

for

matter of importance, such as the introduction of new laws,

The mayor

raising taxes, military operations, coinage, etc.

abdicates each year, and

is

Like-

not eligible for re-election.

wise the two councils resign from office each year on January one, but first

may be

chamber

in the

vested

is

A

first.

mayors and

elected again.

jury

is

made by the people; of the time, is

right of election of the

the second, and that of the second

added

From

to the tribunal.

councils, a state

first

general are appointed.

power

in

The

These appointments also are to be embarrassments

but, on account of the

Their

rested temporarily with the councils.

it

these

governor and a captain-

by no means unlimited, and, mark you,

at the close

of the war, they lose their rank, and return to private

This

is

exactly what was witnessed in England after

well's death,

deed, there

and

may be

in

America

life.

Crom-

after the late civil war.

In-

noted but one point of difference between

the basal thought of this Reglement and that of the American

Reglement the appointing power is exercised in America even minor elections are decided by the popular vote. It must be Constitution.

for the

In the

people by their appointees;

granted that the CaKinists the government of the king. states this in so

in

France were ready to return to Article IV. of their constitution

many words: "in

waiting

till it

please

God

and to re-establish the ancient libBut so much is certain: the fundamental

to soften the king's heart, erties of

France."

outlines of the liberties realized in

America

b\'

the Puritans

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1895

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 34 Pagina's

Calvinism - pagina 7

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 34 Pagina's

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