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    Almost everyone has always agreed that alcohol is a 10th amendment issue - it's why they had to pass an amendment to ban it at the federal level.
    Anyone who's ever 'agreed' to that hasn't known what the hell they were talking about:  if everyone agreed that it was "a 10th amendment issue, that would mean that it MUST BE HANDLED BY THE STATES SEVERALLY, and NOT by amendment to the US Constitution.

    The reason for the Prohibition amendment (the Volstead Act?) was special-interest bullying - and it should never have happened:  its corrupting influence has infected our entire process (viz. 'Citizens United').

    "Reagan proved deficits don't matter" - Dick Cheney

    by chmood on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 07:37:35 AM PST

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      That's why we passed the 18th amendment.

      Virtually everyone at the time believed Congress did not have the power to prohibit liquor without a new amendment specifically giving them that power.

      That's why it was passed.  

      THEN Congress passed the Volstead Act, which was the law * exercising* what was seen as a new power.

      How does that not make sense to you?  Prior to the 18th, it WAS handled by the states severally. Kansas went so far as to ban alcohol in its constitution in 1881.  More than a dozen states were completely dry already when the 18th passed.

      "the Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared material at these facilities and LOFs."

      by JesseCW on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 01:53:15 PM PST

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