In 1938, only five years after the repeal of Prohibition, Congressman Gomer Griffith Smith of Oklahoma introduced H. J. Res. 661, proposing a constitutional amendment that would prohibit drunkenness. An unidentified person handwrote a tongue-in-cheek note on this copy of the bill, suggesting that Smith add:
Congressman Smith’s earnest floor remarks while introducing the bill make it unlikely the handwritten instructions were his: “Every thinking man and woman must agree that buying liquor to get drunk is a basic crime upon which the liquor traffic thrives by destroying its own patrons,” he told his colleagues on April 21, 1938. “To permit its continuance is nothing less than governmental barbarism.” The bill never made it out of the Judiciary Committee.