William B. Lymer Judge, United States District Court Honolulu, Hawaii
THERE is only one remedy for the existing wide-spread non-enforcement, or half-enforcement, of the 18th Amendment. That is: for the President of the United States to be vested with, and actually to assume, direct supervision of the enforcement of the National Prohibition Act.
This remedy could not heretofore succeed due to lack of public support. Now it is entirely feasible. The result of the recent election is in effect a mandate to the newly-elected President to direct the powers of his great office, so far as he lawfully may, toward securing enforcement of the prohibition laws.
The remedy for lax enforcement of these laws is centralization of responsibility therefor under the direct supervision of the President.
I shall present my proposal under two heads: I, what Congress should do: II, What the President should do.
1. The act of Congress of March 3, 1927 (Pub. No. 751, 69th Congress), which created the Bureau of Prohibition under the Treasury Department, should be amended by Congress to remove, entirely, the civil service requirements created by that act.
Instead of requiring that all prohibition administrators and their enforcement personnel operating in the field (created under said act and regulations adopted pursuant