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PROHIBITION PROPER OR IMPROPER?
S the prohibition law a proper or an improper law? That question might easily and quickly be answered by both ardent advocates and aggressive opponents, the one being sure that the law is proper, the other confidently and em phatically declaring that the law is improper. There are other sources from which decisive answers to this important question have come, which answers are pos sibly not so susceptible to the charge of prejudice or bias as the an swers from the enthusiastic wets or the persistent drys. In the first place, a majority of the constituents of Congressmen and Senators in a large majority of Congressional districts and states have persistently and consistently registered their convictions on this question along with other important matters, in the official election and reelection of representatives in the national legislative body, each of whose record and attitude stands for the law and against its repeal in spite of the most unprecedented organized opposition. In the second place, a majority of the constituents of a large ma jority of state legislative and senatorial representatives throughout the nation, in the face of the most heavily financed and insidious wet propaganda of record, have persistently voted for and kept in office dry representatives in the state legislatures, the overwhelming ma jority of which have maintained their state prohibition codes in har mony with the Eighteenth Amendment. In the third place, every President of the United States who has been elected by the people since the national prohibition policy was adopted, has stood for the maintenance of this law, the present Chief Executive in a special message to Congress having emphatically de clared himself as against the repeal and for the enforcement of the law’s provisions. In the fourth place, the Supreme Court of the United States, in spite of the most ably defended cases against the law’s various pro visions, in more than a hundred decisions in the last thirteen years, without a single exception, has upheld this prohibition law. In other words, the technical, legal, official opinion expressed in the record and attitude on this highly controversial subject, of an un precedented majority of state governors, state legislators, state courts, Congressmen, Presidents, and the United States courts, proclaims the prohibition law to be proper and right. Does such evidence indicate that the prohibition law probably is or is not a proper law for a government in which public opinion is king, and in which the people’s constitution is supreme? Ernest H. Cherrington. I. I-The American Issue Art Advocate of Christ ian Patriotism Published monthly except August, by The American Issue Publishing Company 110 S. STATE ST., WESTERVILLE, OHIO Entered as second-class matter at the postoffice at Westerville, Ohio, under Act of March 3, 1879 SUBSCRIPTION PRICE—$1.00 PER YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES Notick to Postmasters—All Form Notices for change cf address or discontinuance and all undeliverable papers per taining to the Illinois Edition of The American Issue should be addressed to the Illinois Editors, Rooms 510-512, 510 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois.