Message of Governor O. B. Colquitt to the thirty-second legislature of Texas. Page: 22 of 24
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1. We believe that a representative Democracy is the most perfect
form of government ever devised by the wisdom of men, and we
are unalterably opposed to every attempt to destroy or impair the
excellent system established by our wise and patriotic fathers. We
hold it to be the first and highest duty of every Representative to
faithfully execute the will of his constituency fairly ascertained.
2. We hold the Constitution to be a solemn compact between the
government and the people, adopted for the protection of individuals
and minorities, and we insist upon a strict construction of its
letter as well as a faithful observance of its spirit.
3. We believe in the Federal Government in its full constitutional
vigor in preserving the rights of the States of the Union, in the timehonored
doctrine of local self-government and in simple, economical
and honest administration of the government in all its departments.
4. We reaffirm the tariff declarations of the Democratic State
and national platforms of 1896, and we expressly condemn the proposition
to remove all duties from the manufacturer's raw material
so long as such duties remain on the manufacturers finished product.
5. Whereas, Section 8 of Article IV of the Constitution of the
State of Texas limits the power of the Executive to convene the
Legislature in special session to "extraordinary occasions," we declare
the calling of extra sessions of that body on other than "extraordinary
occasions" unjust to the taxpayers of the State and unauthorized
by the letter or the spirit of that instrument.
6. In obedience to the instructions given in the Democratic primary
of July 23, 1910, we call upon the Thirty-second Legislature
of Texas to submit to the people for their rejection or approval a
constitutional amendment prohibiting the manfuacture and sale of
intoxicating liquors in this State, but we declare that a vote upon
such amendment shall not be a test of Democracy.
7. Believing that an educated citizenship is the best assurance of
good government and good conduct, and recalling the wise and generous
provision made by the fathers of the Republic of Texas for
the establishment of a complete system of public education, from
the primary school to the university, we remind the Legislature that
our school system has not kept pace with the educational progress
of the times, but has suffered in organization and in maintenance.
We demand, therefore, perfection of the common school system of
this State, and the adequate provision for the upbuilding of the
University, the A. and M. College, the normal schools and the other
educational institutions controlled by the State. Provision should
be made for efficient county organizations and rural high schools,
encouragement of manual training for district or county agricultural
training schools and the separation of the A.
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Colquitt, O. B. Message of Governor O. B. Colquitt to the thirty-second legislature of Texas., book, 1911; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5834/m1/22/: accessed April 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .