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
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.
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