“Old Bill” Suggests—
A disease of the public mind in every new democracy in history (and for the bulk of its urban population America is a democratic experience of less than half a century) has been the illusion that high-flown words and systems by themselves will preserve liberty.
If an elected official is found to be corrupt, we try to cure that by making the job appointive. Appointive by whom? Why, by another higher elective official, who makes a secret arrangement about the job to obtain election support.
The foundation of liberty is the independent ward and precinct. A river seldom rises higher than its source, although at times in can fall a blame sight lower.
ROYAL F. MUNGER.