Inaugural Address of Herbert Hoover

March 4, 1929

Report Outline
Enforcement of the Eighteenth Amendment
A National Investigation
The Relation of Government to Business
Party Responsibilities
Special Session of the Congress
Other Mandates from the Election
Conclusion

any decay in the moral fiber of the American people. I am not prepared to believe that it indicates an impotence of the Federal Government to enforce its laws.

It is only in part due to the additional burdens imposed upon our judicial system by the eighteenth amendment. The problem is much wider than that. Many influences had increasingly complicated and weakened our law enforcement organization long before the adoption of the eighteenth amendment.

To reestablish the vigor and effectiveness of law enforcement we must critically consider the entire Federal machinery of justice, the redistribution of its functions, the simplification of its procedure, the provision of additional special tribunals, the better selection of juries, and the more effective organization of our agencies of investigation and prosecution that justice may be sure and that it may be swift. While the authority of the Federal Government extends to but part of our vast system of national, State, and local justice, yet the standards, which the Federal Government establishes, have the most profound influence, upon the whole structure.

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