Tom Fair 
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Re: “America's senseless War on Drugs is a war on black and Latino men

You cannot legislate morality. You can make an activity illegal, but that won't stop people from engaging in it if they really want to. All you will do is legislate an entire population of criminals.

H.L. Mencken, on Prohibition in 1925:
"Five years of Prohibition have had, at least, this one benign effect: they have completely disposed of all the favorite arguments of the Prohibitionists. None of the great boons and usufructs that were to follow the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment has come to pass. There is not less drunkenness in the Republic, but more. There is not less crime, but more. There is not less insanity, but more. The cost of government is not smaller, but vastly greater. Respect for law has not increased, but diminished."

At least the Congress and people of 1933 had the intelligence to repeal Prohibition. Can't say that in 2012...

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Posted by Tom Fair on June 21, 2012 at 6:25 PM
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