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, December 18, 1840 before the Illinois House of Representatives.
Wow. Just wow. Leave it to Abraham Lincoln to have stated what is wrong with prohibition probably more eloquently than anyone else before or since. Wow. This quote really does pretty much just say it all.