The Facts of Reconstruction eBook

John R. Lynch
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Under this plan or system, no State, section or locality can gain or lose representation in any party convention through the application of extraneous or questionable methods, either by the action of the government or of a political party.  The representation in Congress and in the different State Legislatures, which is based upon population, fixes the representation from each State in the different National Conventions and in many of the State Conventions.  Any other plan or system,—­especially that which is based upon the number of votes cast for the candidates of the party as officially ascertained and declared,—­would have a tendency to work serious injustice to certain States and sections.  In fact, it would have a tendency to sectionalize the party by which the change is made.

Under the present system, for instance, Pennsylvania and Texas have the same representation in a National Democratic Convention that they have in a National Republican Convention, although one is usually Republican in National elections and the other Democratic.  And why should not the representation from those States be the same in both conventions?  Why should Texas, because it is believed to be safely Democratic, have more power and influence in a Democratic Convention on that account than the Republican State of Pennsylvania?  The answer may be because one is a Democratic and the other a Republican State—­because one can be relied upon to give its electoral votes to the candidates of the Democratic party while the other cannot.  But this is not in harmony with our governmental system.  Representation in Congress being based upon population, every State, section and locality has its relative weight and influence in the government in accordance with the number of its inhabitants.

That this is the correct principle will not be seriously questioned when it is carefully considered.  What is true of Pennsylvania and Texas in a National Democratic Convention is equally true of the same States in a National Republican Convention, and for the same reasons.  The argument that Pennsylvania should have relatively a larger representation in a National Republican Convention than Texas, because the former is reliably Republican while the latter is hopelessly Democratic, is just as fallacious in this case as in the other.  But it is said that delegates from States that cannot contribute to the success of the ticket should not have a potential voice in nominating a ticket that other States must be depended upon to elect.  Then why not exclude them altogether, and also those from the territories and the District of Columbia?

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