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

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RE-EXAMINE ALL THE FACTS
H. A. McMullen Formerly with United States Internal Revenue Service Billings, Oklahoma
The Most Apparent Evils
1. The "It's no business of mine" attitude of many of the opponents to the Amendment toward its violations.
2. Emboldened evil so widespread as to have made the prohibition question, in some states, a political issue during the recent national political campaign.
3. Weak or perhaps misplaced policing power.
4. Lack of severity in the prosecution and punishment of the violators of the amendment.
5. Local inactivity in co-operating with the national enforce ment officers.
6. The strong incentive offered, by apparently good citizens, in the illicit trafficking in liquor.
7. The ease with which youths may obtain intoxicants.
8. The growing disregard for all law.
9. Failure to keep faith with our duty to posterity.

The Diagnosis

Thorough-going investigation of the facts is needed by a body of competent citizens, best fitted for the undertaking by virtue of past achievements and their knowledge of affairs of state.

If available for a commission of this nature, select such men as the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court for his judicial mind of unbiased turn; the Secretary of the United States Treasury and the chief of the enforcement division for their knowledge of the matter to be considered; the Secretary of War for his intimate contact with the greatest policing power in the world; and Charles E. Hughes for his distinguished service in administering public office.

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