On this day in 1933 the 21st Amendment was ratified and Prohibition finally ended.
Prohibition, the failed experiment of a national ban on alcoholic beverage production and consumption, cost our nation billions of dollars in business and tax revenue and eliminated thousands of jobs. It also required tons of additional government spending to enforce the new laws and prosecute the law breakers.
Funny thing… Prohibition had little effect on alcohol consumption, except to drive it underground. This meant there was no control over quality of the product which could often make it dangerous and even deadly to drink.
Worst of all, the criminalization of alcohol gave rise to huge, violent, criminal organizations that made millions of dollars illegally by providing alcohol to thirsty Americans.
Fucked up, right?
Thank God we’re past all that.
Of course I’m being sarcastic. We certainly aren’t past prohibition-style laws. Hell, we might very well have more now than we did back then with all of the new drug, gambling and prostitution laws currently in effect.
I’ll save that rant for another post.
Instead I’ll just spend the rest of tonight being happy that we overcame that one big obstacle, and I’ll pour myself another glass of bourbon before I head off to bed.
I’ll leave you with one final thought from one of the greatest philosophers of our time:
“Here’s to alcohol : The cause of … and answer to … all of life’s problems.” – Homer Simpson
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