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Was Prohibition the USA's worse legislative mistake?
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jonjax71
Feb 11, 2007
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How we're still paying the price Prohibiition, why it was a huge error


enricofrole
Feb 11, 2007
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"alcohol is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy."

 
jonjax71
Feb 11, 2007
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It is my contention that Prohibition was the worse legislative decision in the history of the US. Nearly 70 years after its repeal we are still paying the price of this most ridiculous law. Prohibition created the rise of organized crime, it made possible the financial power of gangsters allowing them to branch out into other negative aspects of society. The war to gain control of the multi-million$ bootleg industry led to mass political corruption and graft. Murder and mayhem was the norm, all because of a few conservative, religious zealots who wished to impose their extreme views of consuming alcohol on the masses, too much clout for too few.

After the repeal of Prohibition, the mob diversified into other more dangerous industries and many entered politics using their clout to corrupt the forces that were supposed to combat the illicit businesses the former bootleggers were creating.

To this day we are paying the price for Prohibition!
Jon Jackson

 
jonjax71
Feb 11, 2007
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Rebuttal to: enricofrole Show

No doubt, but that was not an action of leglislation although the KKKoongress and Sinate did nothing to overturn it until the Civil War, then they allowed Jim KKKrow to take over thanks to the Dixie KKKrats and Repunglikkkans.

JJ

 
awlasirius
Feb 11, 2007
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never heard of any problems with alchohol before prohibition now it's headline... we ruined the future by trying to control a simple drink.. there was no prohibition in europe thier fine...us we suck gotta be 21 :(

 
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Prohibition was necessary, there are no repercusions, perhaps that is should be re-instated



Feb 11, 2007
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Have you ever heard of the Embargo Act? Thomas Jefferson pushed it through Congress in his second term in response to growing pirating on American shipping lanes.

Get this: the Embargo Act stopped ALL exports from American ports. Basically, the American economy came to a complete standstill during its short time of enforcement.

There is no way that prohibiting a certain drink is dumber than ending exportation.

 
enricofrole
Feb 11, 2007
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prohibition made the mafia great. gotta give it some credit there.

 
enricofrole
Feb 11, 2007
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slavery was a pretty big mistake too....

 
thales
Feb 11, 2007
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Ooh, I'll take internment camps.

 
wellwellwell
Feb 11, 2007
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legislative?
well...........that assumes
that both houses of Congress agreed and passed.
so my answer is:
no.
what was worse?
that's another convinceme.net

 
tggdan3
Feb 13, 2007
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Rebuttal to: jonjax71 Show

I disagree by providing a seperate legislative decision- the Controlled Substances Act.

It IS all the horrible things that prohibition WAS, but they did it WITHOUT the constitutional amendment- which means they basically made prohibition for other things, but they didn't have the power to do so- because the states never ratified an amendment giving them the power!

Thus everything bad with prohibition furthers my argument as well, plus the fact that they acted out of the scope of their power.

 


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