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  •  Repeal of Prohibition in the 30's (6+ / 0-)

    Was hardly an example of "the exercise of raw political power". It was driven by popular opinion, and the recognition that it wasn't working, made criminals of otherwise law-abiding citizens, and was providing a funding source for organised crime.

    Hmm, that sounds familiar, somehow.

    Note that the repeal of prohibition was the only constitutional amendment passed by state ratification conventions. From Wikipedia:

    To some extent, the convention method of ratification loosely approximates a one-state, one-vote national referendum on a specific proposed Federal constitutional amendment, thus allowing the sentiments of registered voters to be somewhat more directly heard on highly sensitive issues.
     

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