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!