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Bootlegger Version 20 Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a mans appetite by legislation and make a crime out of things that are not a crime A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principle upon which our government was founded Abraham Lincoln On January 16 1920 the Eighteenth Amendment was ratified by thirty-six states and became part of the Constitution The intention of this new amendment was to lower alcohol consumption by Americans At the time each American consumed on average thirty gallons of alcohol a year1 This new amendment took away the license to do business from the brewers distillers and the wholesale and retail sellers of alcoholic beverages Alcohol consumption did taper off somewhat at the beginning of prohibition only to slowly rise back to pre-prohibition levels shortly before the end of the movement which took place on December 51933 Not only was the goal of prohibition never achieved but it raised organized crime to levels of power unimaginable before and seriously disrupted both the legitimacy and revenue of the government Just as Prohibition incited many unsavory activities so has the War on Drugs The easiest way to show the connection between these to movements is an excerpt from an article pertaining to Prohibition in America during the 1920s Bootleggers ran wild Professional robberies began as soon as Prohibition did Territories were divided by groups of organized crime that became the scum known as the Mafia The territories were decided by violence and death both against each other as well as those in the public who maymay not have been innocent2 Extract a few words from the excerpt and replace them with the words drug dealers War on Drugs and gangs and there is a description of Americas current situation The War on Drugs intends to rid America of drugs hard and
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