THE PRESIDENCY: Roosevelt Week: Jan. 17, 1938

"I must frankly state that I consider that the proposed amendment would be impracticable in its application and incompatible with our representative form of government.

"Our Government is conducted by the people through representatives of their own choosing. It was with singular unanimity that the founders of the Republic agreed upon such free and representative form of government as the only practical means of government by the people.

"Such an amendment to the Constitution as that proposed would cripple any President in his conduct of our foreign relations, and it would encourage other...

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