If only once in a dozen years the conditions of eligibility exclude a fit person, there is a real loss, while the exclusion of thousands of unfit persons is no gain; for if the constitution of the electoral body disposes them to choose unfit persons, there

It is thus they provide an excuse beforehand, and a right to be feeble when they think it expedient." I have quoted this passage lest my readers should suspect that I warped the author's reasoning to support my own arguments.

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