Charles L. Cass Formerly Prohibition Agent, Southern California
FOR nine years the federal government has been charged with the duty of making the 18th Amendment a reality by enforcing the National Prohibition Act. That enforcement has not brought the hoped-for destruction of the liquor traffic. Intoxicating beverages still devastate American manhood, womanhood and youth. National prohibition has not produced national temperance, and everywhere Americans are asking how greater efficiency can be secured in the enforcement of the 18th Amendment.
Seven years experience as a federal prohibition agent, in charge of a large district with diversified population, populous cities, a large frontage on the Mexican border and on the sea, gave me the strong conviction that the 18th Amendment has failed to accomplish its object because of the lack of aggressive leadership, the inadequacy of the National Prohibition Act and widespread political corruption.
That experience has convinced them that the predominant force necessary for the realization of the 18th Amendment is aggressive leadership in its behalf by the one charged with the supreme responsibility of enforcing the Republic's laws, the President. Thus far that has not occurred. Today millions hope and expect that Herbert Hoover will give the desired leadership. If he does not, then it is for that majority of Americans, north and south, who hope for, long for and pray for the destruction of the liquor traffic, to secure such leadership by elevating to the presidency four