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Anniversary of a Sad Day for Beer Lovers
#273495 01/16/08 04:38 PM
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Yes, on January 16th, 1920, the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution went into effect. According to Wikipedia:

Although it was highly controversial, Prohibition was widely supported by diverse groups. Progressives believed that it would improve society and the Ku Klux Klan strongly supported its strict enforcement as generally did women, southerners, those living in rural areas, and African-Americans. There were a few exceptions such as the Woman’s Organization for Prohibition Reform who fought against it. Will Rogers often joked about the southern pro-prohibitionists: “The South is dry and will vote dry. That is, everybody sober enough to stagger to the polls.” Supporters of the Amendment soon became quite confident that it would not be repealed, to the point that one of its creators, Senator Morris Sheppard, joked that “there is as much chance of repealing the Eighteenth Amendment as there is for a humming-bird to fly to the planet Mars with the Washington Monument tied to its tail.”



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Nathan #273544 01/16/08 11:03 PM
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I'll raise a glass in defiance to an unconstitutional law later tonight.

Im September of 1923, two young bootleggers were riddled to death by a rival gang in my old neighborhood. They were two of the last gangsters to receive Catholic funeral masses before Cardinal Mundelein began cracking down. At the mass for one of the two, George Bucher, Father John Schuette of St Raphael's church, squarely put the blame for the youngmen's deaths upon the government for forcing Prohibition on the nation.

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The lesson of Prohibition was lost by those who invented the War on Drugs.

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Sophia Wannabe #273668 01/17/08 02:13 PM
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Sophia

Amen to that !

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Sophia Wannabe #273675 01/17/08 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Sophia Wannabe
The lesson of Prohibition was lost by those who invented the War on Drugs.


Yep yep yep. I have never seen statistics...but I am positive that the rate of drug addiction was much much lower when heroine, cocaine and marijuana could be purchased over the counter in 1900.

IMO, when these things were freely available...the general public knew the risk and exercised self control. Now that the government has taking the responsibility of policing these things...they have removed the responsibility for self control from the public. Thus the proliferation of rehab centers...govt sponsored drug awareness programs...etc...

Jason

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RomanRedneck #273682 01/17/08 03:28 PM
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I just read an article in the BBC about all the horrible kidnappings done by the Rebels in Columbia which are driven by the lucrative drug trade.

You make it legal, you take away their funding.

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Ironically some of the biggest supporters of Prohibition were Protestant Americans who could trace their ancestry back to the Revolution, while in many cities (Chicago in particular) German and Czech Catholic newspapers attacked Prohibition as a violation of the 9th Amendment of our Bill Of Rights. The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

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Sophia Wannabe #273815 01/18/08 02:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Sophia Wannabe
The lesson of Prohibition was lost by those who invented the War on Drugs.


Sadly, the lesson (there is money to be made in prohibition) was NOT lost . . . and criminals both in government and out have been making money ever since.

Dave


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