Friday, March 21, 2008

75th Anniversary of Prohibition's REPEAL !

Saturday 3/22/08 is the Septuagesiquintennial (75th) anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition!

And I'll bump my post from 2005's anniversary for the occasion:
"Don't let this happen to you!"

Every year I take a few moments to reflect on where we are now, thanks to all the hard work and sacrifice of those Americans who had to weather the crappy social experiment that was prohibition...
After all the corruption which took hold of the country, and drove people to all sorts of bad behavior to get what they wanted, we must remember that the "noble experiment" was foisted upon the nation by various Social Conservatives who had worked hard to bend public perception to their own end. They created and reinforced existing stereotypes to work their evil on our society. Luckily, not too many other societies have been so naive to follow our 20th Century experiment.

Yes, the "teetotalers" of the various Temperance Unions and movements were the architects of almost 14 years of HELL for this country...despite the fact that many of them no doubt believed they were doing "God's work" in getting alcohol outlawed.
Little did they think how strong the desire for drink by people who were moderate consumers when they decided that it was the only way to save families and individuals from "drink". Thank God we've learned from the past, and won't be going back in that direction again.

At least we won't if ALL of US pay attention, and continue to call the Neo-prohibitionists on their false claims as them make them.

Now all we have to do to truly be free of the legacy of prohibition is to put the
final nails in the coffin of the three-tier system, and free up interstate shipping. But before we do that, sit back tomorrow evening with a good glass of your favorite wine or beer, and enjoy the freedom to consume!


Anonymous Morton Leslie said...

Seven and a half decades and I wonder how much we have learned? We celebrate the fact that we gave up on one drug, but didn't learn anything as a result. Prohibition still exists. For example, the total number of marijuana arrests far exceeds the total number of arrests for all violent crimes combined, including murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. About a quarter of the prison population is drug related. At some point in time, Americans will learn that intoxication...whether from alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, or banned drugs is a natural human urge. Someday we will shake the Calvinistic attitude against pleasure or altered mental states. How long will it take for us to realize and to admit, that what humans really need and what they really want are better legal drugs? Until then we will create more problems by continued prohibition than by directly treating and controlling side effects, social and medical issues. We will give our money to gangs, Taliban, RAF Colombians, and others who despise us.

March 24, 2008 8:42 AM  

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