It is almost so long ago to be meaningless in our world today, but it deserves remembering that there once was a time in our country’s history when drinking a beer or a whiskey was a crime! No other legislation in our nation’s history (with the possible exception of the 55 MPH speed limit) has created more lawlessness than Prohibition did.
At the time politics were dominated by puritanical nincompoops, much like the far right is today. Thankfully they aren’t in the majority like they were in the 20s when Prohibition was enacted. Although today there is such an infrastructure built around alcohol in the country, and it seems to be the ONLY industry that it both home grown and profitable in today’s economy, it has assured its continuation as an integral part of our culture, and most likely as an instrument of recovery for the down economy.
It is interesting to me, just from a sociological perspective that 90 years ago we were willing to throw away 150 years of culture and tradition for the sake of “morality”, and today we look to that industry to fuel success. My how times have changed.
I for one am glad that politicians finally realized that all Prohibition really did was to create a nation of law breakers and an infrastructure for organized crime to thrive. It would have been interesting to find out just how much influence Organized crime had in passing Prohibition in the first place. It made men millions literally overnight. It is estimated that Al Capone was able to amass $60 million in his lifetime, a large portion due to Prohibition. Capone was probably one of the largest beneficiaries of Prohibition, but there were others out there that if you had resources and the will to break an unpopular law, you could amass a fortune in a short time.
I for one am very glad I never lived through something like Prohibition, and will drink to its demise tonight with a whiskey, a beer, and a cigar! Hopefully I can keep the cigar Nazis at bay in this year’s legislative session.
What are your thoughts about this part of our history? What will you be drinking tonight to celebrate the END OF PROHIBITION?