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

By W. Durant C. | Go to book overview

AN ENFORCEMENT COMMISSION APPOINTED BY THE JUDICIARY

W. L. Curtis Assistant District Attorney Dallas, Texas

THE purpose of these amendments being to correct evils in administering the law rather than a change of the entire law, a statement of the purposes to be accomplished will precede the proposed changes.

The most important step is to take the enforcement of the law out of the hands of the politician and drive the issue out of politics so that the lawless element can not trade, traffic and connive with the politicians and the politicians shall have no patronage or influence to offer in exchange for votes.

The danger of this issue in politics is seen in our recent national campaign where the repeal of the Amendment and modification of the prohibition law were the principal issues and prohibition was referred to as "the pork barrel for political grafters" and the charges made that three-fourths of the dry agents were "political ward heelers named by politicians without regard to civil service laws." Leaders in politics and Congressmen and Senators who formerly led the fight for the adoption of the Amendment were most active in support of the candidate who denounced the law as a failure and proposed a modification of it, thus placing party allegiance and selfish interest above the welfare of the country.

Through political channels the Amendment was adopted and it can be repealed only through these same political channels, but if the politicians with insincere and corrupt motives are allowed to fan the burning embers, they will soon break out into flames and consume to ashes the good already done.

It is agreed by authorities on civil government that the

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