Judge A. Monroe Thompson Wisconsin Supreme Court, Milwaukee
SINCE the advent of prohibition I have presided over hundreds of cases covering every conceivable violation of the 18th Amendment. From the beginning I have studied, analyzed and worked over the mass of material at hand, seeking a cause for the evident disregard of this law. I have supplemented my personal files with data from countries in which prohibition has been tried and failed. I have interviewed the leading drys and wets alike to get an impartial view. I have scanned the daily papers and magazines and attended lectures both wet and dry.
Ten years of concentrated study have convinced me that the 18th Amendment IS practical and CAN be enforced successfully if a radical change in methods of enforcement is instituted.
Omitting pet theories, freak suggestions, etc., and getting down to rock bottom we all know we can make prohibition 100% successful if we (1) sway public opinion (the greatest governing force on earth) so that it will be unanimous for prohibition, or (2) induce each drinker citizen to overcome his craving for liquor to such an extent he will stop buying and making it.
There you have the mark prohibition enforcement must aim for to meet with success. One hundred per cent enforcement of prohibition is just as impossible as we have found 100 per cent enforcement of the narcotic laws, or other criminal laws to be.
Any plan not taking the aforementioned basic principles of successful prohibition enforcement into consideration is doomed to failure.
Before offering a remedy it is necessary to know just what condition we are to remedy.