Outline Thoughts On Prohibition; People Or Party--which?

Paperback | July 5, 2012

byStephen Mason Merrill

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ... the purpose of restraining or prohibiting this or any other traffic which is offensive to the moral sense of men, or injurious to the health or morals of the community. Without this right, the idea of self-government is a deception. If the people can not put away from their communities the corrupting influences of the saloon, and do it for the safety of their families, their right to repel invasions, or to abate nuisances, or to enforce sanitation, is a sham and cheat. All concede the right and duty of the government to restrain the traffic, to "regulate" it, to legislate against the evils resulting from it; but if it is a business standing on a level with occupations which are unquestionably legitimate, why all this concession? Why ask or expect legal authorization or special legislation? The business is condemned by universal concession, and by its own pleas for favors and indulgences which other callings do not desire. It bears on its face the brand of infamy. Its cries for the right to live are proofs of its duty to die. When it howls against the fanaticism of prohibition, it proclaims its distrust of its ability to endure the indignation of an awakened public opinion. The friends of prohibition rest the question of right on the nature of the traffic. They claim for the government no prerogative in the direction of controlling private business, or dictating the employment of individuals. Yet, every one knows that business must be harmless to be justified. This limitation prevails in every thing else; and this dreadful traffic, with its unspeakable abominations, must be forced within the common rule of civilized life. Hitherto, its arrogance has borne it above the regulations of innocent pursuits, and its indulgence by the longsuffering...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ... the purpose of restraining or prohibiting this or any other traffic which is offensive to the moral sense of men, or i...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:18 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.04 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021752754X

ISBN - 13:9780217527545

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