"Prohibition goes beyond
the bounds of reason
in that it attempts to control
a man's appetite by legislation,
and makes a crime out of things
that are not crimes."
by:
Abraham Lincoln
(1809-1865) 16th US President
Source:
Questionable. Supposedly from a speech, 18 Dec. 1840, to Illinois House of Representatives . No source has been confirmed. Believed to have been written by former Mayor of Atlanta, Anti-Prohibition campaign manager, Col. John B. Goodwin, 1887
see: http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/lincoln.htm
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An example of clear thinking.
 -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
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     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
    Prohibition does not address the root cause of a problem, only the consequences. As alcoholics may drink and drive, legislation lowers blood alcohol content, yet few citizens are alcoholics. As addicts may synthesize Meth, legislation registers over-the-counter antihistamines, yet few citizens are addicts. As violent criminals may assault you, legislation removes your “right to keep and bear arms”, yet few citizens are violent criminals. Prohibition is unreasonable.
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI     
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    Millions are addicted to illicit drugs. Many more millions are addicted to legal drugs. Prohibition is a great idea that does not work. But drug abuse should certainly be a crime, as it has a direct damaging effect on much of society in various aspects. When Lincoln expressed this quote, the United States was not under concentrated attack by drug traffickers, as it is today. Drug traffickers should be shot on sight, even if they are members of Congress.
     -- David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood     
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    Human have been using substances to alter their consciousness in one way or another for thousands of years. Making these substances illegal does not stop their use, it only creates a black market and makes the addicts that much more dangerous.
     -- Liz, Atlanta, GA     
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    I agree David. Let's just break the law to enforce it. And, while we're at it, why don't we just eliminate the right to a fair trial by a jury of one's peers and the right to face one's accuser(s). Let's eliminate the Bill of Rights altogether while we're at it - it's such an annoying impediment to the fun of summary executions in the town square. HEADSLAP! How COULD we have ever been so shortsighted as to think this 'Constitution' thing actually made any sense? Now that I've been alerted to the errors of my thinking, it's becoming amply clear that Saddam was on to a much better way after all. - LMFAO
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
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    Is it possible to find the source for this quote? That would be very helpful...Thanks.
     -- Brenda, Miami     
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    Brenda; "Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded." - Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), U.S. President. - Speech, 18 Dec. 1840, to Illinois House of Representatives
     -- Terry Berg, Occidental, CA     
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    Thank you, Terry! :)
     -- Brenda, Miami     
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     -- Anonymous      
    Now that's a hot quote. "........and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes". That's a huge statement. Brings to mind the "hate crimes" bill. All crime is criminal. Period. And now you may be charged if you "think" homosexuality is aberrant? Or if your particular religion believes it's sin? Reminds of another quote about the abuses of liberty.
     -- Keith, Marysville, OH     
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     -- ff, minneapolis      
     -- mark treell      
    i completly agree
     -- scotty bales, roanoke, kentucky     
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    GREAT quote... but probably never said by Lincoln. Background references: http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/lincoln.htm
     -- Denis, Concord, NH     
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    Thank you, Denis. It does appear that this popular quote may be false. We have updated the source info and will continue to research the history of this quote.
     -- Editor, Liberty Quotes     
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     -- Anonymous      
    Phhft, drugs are banned for a reason. They mess with your mind!
     -- Boopie, NYC     
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    Sure they say that it appears this quote is false. But let's not forget Lincoln was president centuries ago and was also the victim of a homicide. They also try to hide the fact that Lincoln was a Hemp smoker and farmer. As Cannabis was not made illegal until nearly 100 years after he died. I believe the quote is real and anyone who believes otherwise is trying to hide the truth about a man who spoke the truth and was killed for it! just like JFK!
     -- Honest Abe, Anonymous     
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    'Honest Abe' turned it into a conspiracy....it's probably fake, just like the Jefferson quote on corporations.
     -- Skywalker, Los Angeles     
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     -- Mary - MI      
    The statement on its face, very accurate.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    If ole Abe actually said this then I can agree with him, only those that do these things must suffer for their own actions.
     -- cal, lewisville, tx     
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