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Thank goodness we ended Prohibition
Washington Examiner, by Quin Hillyer

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Posted By:JoniTx, 12/5/2018 2:36:48 PM

As Tiana Lowe noted in her excellent piece earlier today on the 85th anniversary of the end of Prohibition, the nanny-state Prohibition experiment surely would have left America’s Founding Fathers “horrified.”Thomas Jefferson’s Treasury secretary, Albert Gallatin, once gave Jefferson this warning: “Governmental prohibitions do always more mischief than had been calculated, and it is not without much hesitation that a statesman should try to regulate the concerns of individuals, as if he could do it better than themselves.” Decades later, Abraham Lincoln, this time directly referring to nascent efforts to ban alcohol, wrote — despite his own personal temperance —

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: columba, 12/5/2018 2:50:04 PM     (No. 11853691)

Truthfully, prohibition did decrease deaths and accidents related to alcohol use.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mc squared, 12/5/2018 4:10:07 PM     (No. 11853790)

Bravo.
#1; references please. Not by my accounting.



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Reply 3 - Posted by: shamrock, 12/5/2018 4:18:02 PM     (No. 11853806)

Not with the mob #1.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: zoidberg, 12/5/2018 5:07:04 PM     (No. 11853857)

I´ll drink to that!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lakerman1, 12/5/2018 5:54:21 PM     (No. 11853892)

My maternal grandmother, Julia,spent 6 months in jail and paid a 500 dollar fine for moonshining, back during prohibition.
I consider that a family mark of honor, in a way.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 12/5/2018 6:15:30 PM     (No. 11853905)

Filling up the prisons with drug users is prohibition.

Liberty is risky but it is not dispensed by the state.

What happened to our "God Given" liberties ?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 12/5/2018 6:35:26 PM     (No. 11853915)

At the time, my Grandfather was a County Sheriff in a Missouri farming community. almost before Prohibition started he was involved in setting out protections for the various farmers- all who had already been making their own whisky for decades. He met with them, organized effective warnings as to what it now meant that they were in violation of the Federal law, reminded them that that law was not "county" law and that he would NOT be enforcing federal laws. Although many of the farmers, continued to make and sell moonshine, not one of them was ever bothered by the Federal Prohibition Officers throughout the era. Some people just used common sense. Needless to say, my Grandfather retired in office many years later. He was dearly loved by everyone in the county- Actually, he was a sort of real-life Andy Griffith Mayberry type of Sheriff.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 12/5/2018 7:57:11 PM     (No. 11854002)

At the turn of the century (19 to 20th century) the two greatest killers in the US were infection and accidents. Though I sisn´t include the reference, the West wasn´t won by bold men with guns, but by women and children abandoned by drunken men. Some breif facts about Prohibition. One, it was popular. It took 2/3 of Congress and States to pass the Amendment. In addition, a brief discription of the reults of prohibition in the included link. Did it work? Yes. Was it a market failure? No doubt.. https://www.nytimes.com/1989/10/16/opinion/actually-prohibition-was-a-success.html

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Ribald1, 12/5/2018 9:16:45 PM     (No. 11854051)

The amendment called ´prohibition´ DID NOT ban alcohol.
Go read it sometime. The idea that it did came from a few movies made about the time that were not particularly historically accurate.
Dry states, as well as wet states, existed before, during and after, the amendment.
In fact most of the laws made restricting alcohol that occurred under the amendment are still in place today, and there are still large parts of the USA that are dry (alcohol is illegal).
The dope pushers have further muddied the waters on this part of history with their own fanciful tales.
Go read the amendment. Then go slap the people spreading lies.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Jennie C., 12/5/2018 9:47:39 PM     (No. 11854076)

Up front, I like beer. I like wine too (I don´t care for "spirits"), but mostly, I like beer.

Quite a number of years ago, my husband bought a book for me called, Beer USA. It was kind-of a joke, but the book itself was very interesting.

It was a history of brewing in America, even going back to when someone on the Mayflower remarked in their diary that their supplies were "much reduced, particularly our beer."

Regarding Prohibition, it was quite interesting, talking about the celebrations when it was over, and things like that.

If you can find it, and you´re interested at all about that time in history, I recommend it.

We also got a good insight on Prohibition when we toured the Christian Brothers´ winery in Napa valley. Look them up as well.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Jennie C., 12/5/2018 9:51:38 PM     (No. 11854079)

#9, It banned "intoxicating substances." You think they meant something other than alcohol, or what. I mean, maybe opium too, but just what are you saying they were or were not banning?

You told us to read it, so I went and read it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: zoidberg, 12/6/2018 1:54:28 PM     (No. 11854845)

Here´s the text of the Eighteenth Amendment.

Section 1. After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all the territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.

Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.

Notice that it was silent on the possession of alcoholic beverages, or their associated paraphernalia.

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