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On the Senate

1927

The attitude of the Senate is one of cowardice on the question of prohibition, among the drys at least. The President refuses to assume the lead and the Eighteenth Amendment is used as a political football.

The amendment is here to stay, for the simple reason that it is an economic question, and there is not the slightest chance of modifying the Volstead Act.

The battle is not over, and we must keep everlastingly at it. We used to teach temperance and this work must be resumed. Enforcement should be in the hands of friends of prohibition.

Practically, this is Andrew Mellon's administration. We are returning to rule by vested interests. There is no courage in either political party to champion the cause of humanity rather than business. The Senate is neither Democratic nor Republican and will not be for many years, because we have the bloc system of government. I hope that we may return to the party system. Neither party has any principles now.

The conduct of the Senate does not tend toward advancement of good government in this country. I do not see how a body of men can descend so low. I enjoyed being Governor of Michigan much more than I have the Senatorship.


Source: Newton, Roy, editor. Life and Works of Woodbridge N. Ferris. (Big Rapids, Michigan: n.p., 1960), 290.


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