“He that hath no rule over his own spirit
is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.” 25:28
By Riley J. Hood-CPoW State Chairman
During the latest Gun-Control debate, the topics of mental illness and drug-abuse came up. So did the topic of prohibition. When I posted the article “High and Free,” I mentioned that the current response to evil deeds is Obama’s push for gun-control. Obviously, his goal is to disarm his opponents, as I stated in “High and Free.” I also stated that in prior days the call was for prohibition. So, what is the CPoW view on this matter? I will re-quote the Constitution Party Platform, “Our party leaders and public officials must display exemplary qualities of honesty, integrity, reliability, moral uprightness, fidelity, prudence, temperance, justice, fortitude, self-restraint, courage, kindness, and compassion. If they cannot be trusted in private life, neither can they be trusted in public life.”
What are my personal thoughts on this matter? I don’t drink alcohol, not one drop. I don’t smoke pot, or take any drugs at all. I even wrote a booklet, citing over 100 scripture verses against drunkenness, called “Sober Up.” I view my body as follows, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” I Corinthians 6:19 I realize there are people who don’t agree with this, and quite frankly as CPoW Chairman, I have no desire to pry into people’s personal habits. However, don’t call me up if you are busted with a DUI, and act like you are fighting an epic battle for freedom, you are not. Don’t ever expect me to campaign in a tavern, or have CPoW engaged in “Tavern Style Politics,” I will oppose any efforts to do so.
My personal thoughts regarding Prohibition, do I agree people should put that bottle down? Yes, Wisconsin should sober up. But it should come from the inside out. Namely, temperance and sobriety are hallmarks of the Christian life; drunkenness is a hallmark of paganism. Furthermore, the 21st Amendment, repealing the 18th Amendment, in Section 2 still allows for States to regulate and prohibit intoxicants, and that is where the battle should be fought. “Section 2. The transportation or importation into any State, Territory, or procession of the United States for delivery or use of intoxicating liquors, in violation of the laws thereof, is hereby prohibited.”
While organized crime profited under Prohibition, common crime decreased. Organized Crime gets all the attention, because after all when an innocent person is murdered that is neither here nor there with the liberal, but when the guilty die as a result of their evil deeds, then everything is panic and alarm. So, while I’m not a Utopian, I affirm what our founding fathers warned, an immoral people will not remain free, and that is truth, no matter what argument the sophist wants to espouse.
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” John Adams
“The Law given from Sinai [The Ten Commandments] was civil and municipal as well as a moral and religious code.” John Quincy Adams
“While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” Samuel Adams
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” Ben Franklin