Law Observance: Shall the People of the United States Uphold the Constitution?

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DEPRIVE OFFENDERS OF CITIZENSHIP

Thomas J. Doyle, United States Revenue Office Little Rock, Arkansas

PUBLIC opinion may not be behind the 18th Amendment but I think it is. However, whether it is or not is immaterial. It is the law of the land, and such being the case it must be enforced, and the lash of the law applied to those who wilfully violate its precepts, so that they will respect it, if not in heart, at least by action. To enforce it, I suggest:

Let each voter--man or woman--who believes in law enforcement, cast his or her vote for men who will administer this law, as well as all others, equitably, and like Justice "be blind" to all entreaties to do otherwise. Not as now, when the "higher ups" violate this law with impunity daily, even hourly, yet on account of position, wealth or influence, are never called to account for their actions in a court of justice, though their dupes are.

The higher ups are really responsible for the increased violation of the 18th Amendment, as they are the brains, and furnish the capital and transportation facilities for the unlawful dealing therein.

In some places these higher ups are hand and glove with the very judge who presides over trials, as in some instances judges are practically elected to office by dealers in the nefarious liquor traffic. Thus these higher ups not only escape justice themselves, but also see to it that their "runners" or agents are not sentenced, even arrested--or if arrested, are let loose. They rush to their particular judge, and lo, the matter is at an end.

Every judge, both federal and state, should instruct and require his clerk of court to draw juries from the business element of men who will do their duty. Juries composed of business men, or men who have business to attend to, gen

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