A scary time in America

Gather ‘round ye children! It is time for a very scary story:

The year was 1919 and the temperance movement (which sought to ban the consumption of alcoholic beverages) was growing strong. It should come as no surprise that all members of the staff here at Real Facts and Beer are not in favor of these movements (although we shall try to write about the topic with a minimum of snide comments — it isn’t easy).

How did we get to this point? Why must we have degraded the awesome Constitution with this travesty of an amendment? Did the amendment really do any damage?

The temperance movement had been around for over one hundred years at this point but there was a growing number of Americans who believed that constitutional amendments could change human behavior.

Women played a major role in getting this amendment passed. (Quick editorializing: seriously? What the fuck? You guys were more focused on prohibiting booze than getting the right to vote? This is one reason why I could never support the Women’s Christian Temperance Union [WCTU] — on another really interesting note: it’s STILL AROUND (seriously, here is the website)! Now I’m pretty sure that this blog will never appear on their “Friends of WCTU” page but that is just the kind of sadness I will have to live with for the rest of my life — fortunately I recently got bought six friends at my local grocery store [yes, these friends were of the alcoholic nature] and we are having a grand old time).

This amendment had been first introduced in Congress in 1876 and had been batted around the Congress for a while. It was only in 1917 when those assholes the temperance movement got two-thirds majority in both houses of Congress.

Billy Sunday (who might be my least favorite professional baseball player) said, “The saloon is the sum of all villainies. It is worse than war or pestilence. It is the parent of all crimes and the mother of all sins.”

Next time I’m considering going to a bar, I’ll reconsider and decide to start a war instead. Get your head out of your ass.

Winston Churchill once said that Prohibition was “an affront to the whole history of mankind” and he was right. With Prohibition came the rise of organized crime, major divisions between the rich and poor (since the rich could get booze and the poor couldn’t) and introduced the country to horrible tasting alcohol like bathtub gin.

I have also spoken to many history teachers who say that this was the start of American citizens being mistrustful of laws. I have found no proof of that but since we are blaming Prohibition can we also blame it for the Great Depression?

Fortunately, the 21st amendment was ratified in 1933 and the 18th amendment fell into obscurity.

The anniversary of the ratification of the 21st amendment is December 5 (it will be the 79th anniversary). I recommend celebrating with beer from the 21st amendment brewery and not with bathtub gin or moonshine.

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~ by realfactsandbeer on November 15, 2012.

One Response to “A scary time in America”

  1. Just had a shot of moonshine w/ my bro for this

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