Comment of the Day: An Impassioned Defense of Drinking
We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them.
So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even.
This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.
We wrote a Houston 101 item on the day anti-saloon crusader Carrie Nation came to town and demolished the interior of a bar that's still standing today.
One reader let fly with some apparently long pent-up feelings.
Carrie Nation was the great great grandmother of all the stupid, foolish and counter productive alcohol laws the United States has today. Within a generation of her crusade and death, Nations' Temperance Movement spawned the 19th Amendment and the Volsted Act which was a utter failure, which forced drinkers behind closed doors and enriched the Mafia.
After Prohibition was done away with in 1933, the states themselves were allowed to make their own laws, and because of this, a lot of the USA was still "dry", which again, enriched organized crimes such as bootlegging.
Even today, over 100 years after Nations' death, her reach is still felt. There are still dry counties in 2012. America has a patchwork of laws varying from state to state, even city to city. Nations' evil decendants, the Mothers Against Drunk Driving made 21 the legal drinking age, denying otherwise legal adults to drink alcohol for the first three years of their adulthood under penalty of arrest. In most of the World, teenagers and even children are allowed to drink alcohol. Why is America so different?
America, outside of Muslim nations have the dumbest, and most restrictive alcohol laws in the World. Instead of teaching youth about alcohol as a way of life and something that can be enjoyed, the USA holds these hypocritical standards.
I would like to travel back to the 1890's and shoot Carrie Nation in the kneecaps.