Dec 5, 2007

A great day in history.

The lessons of history are often ignored by generations to follow. The realities of war, political process, and social norms often repeat themselves as you very well know.

There was a dark time in our history when liquor was banned due to mad people believing that a reasonable adult could not make an educated decision to consume a product that's existed for hundreds if not thousands of years. Overwhelming zealotry went masquerading as parenting and as a result the so called moral brigade raised their spears high attacking what they felt was necessary to bring more laws to protect Americans from themselves.

As a result prohibition came into place and the United States became a good idealized utopia. Crime ended, families stopped being dysfunctional, and children had whiter teeth. People suddenly listened to their elected leaders and decided any notion of consuming alcohol was a bad idea.

Of course the opposite is true. After a huge wave of mob violence swept urban America for years taxpayers were fed up with such high and mighty nonsense. On this day back in 1933 an Amendment to the Constitution was passed repealing Prohibition and there was much rejoice. Remember the lessons my friends as many of our civil liberties are under fire in the name of safety.

"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer." - Frank Zappa

12 comments:

Mattbear said...

Amen, and pass the booze, brother. Think I'll be having a drink tonight to celebrate the fact that they haven't tried to take that away (again).

CitySoul said...

great post! thanks for reminding me of one more thing to be thankful for.

rawbean said...

hi

PaBLo G said...

Salud!!! and I still agree with Peter Tosh....

Miss Ash said...

It's so silly anyway, people can make their own booze out of bread, fruit....crap what's the name of it....bah it's escaped me. Anyway, people who are incarcerated sometimes will make their own. Anyone, anyone?

Mattbear said...

@miss ash:

There are any number of terms for homemade booze. "Bathtub gin", "Moonshine". In prison, "prison hooch" or "prison wine". Any of those the term you were looking for?

Jessica Foster said...

Cheers to that!!
There is nothing quite like an ice cold beer.

Big Ben said...

Air Canada and Labatt Blue - I'm in.

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I think you should be able to pass a certain IQ test to buy alcohol.

Miss Ash said...

Mattbear, it wasn't hooch I was thinking of...it starts with an M I do believe. I asked my coworker who works in the prisons and she has no idea what i'm talking about LOL. I will think of it one day.

whatigotsofar said...

Miss Ash - its called pruno, if you don't read this, I'll facebook ya. I would hate for you not to know what prison inmates use to get pissed.

Miss Ash said...

A ha, that's it Pruno. It doesn't start with an M but that's the one I was thinking of.

Grace said...

Yay for alcohol. I sometimes am unable of controlling myself when I'm out drinking, although I'm usually able to make myself stop when I think I've had enough. That's right, I'm a responsible person... most of the time.

P.S. You are the absolute greatest for moving me . Such a sweetheart :D