Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Enjoy a Good Beer Today

Need motivation for that? On this day (December 5th) back in 1933, the 21st Amendment was ratified by congress, paving the way for Americans to legally enjoy a cold one. While enjoying your beer, consider this quote by John D Rockefeller, Jr, who was once an avid supporter of Prohibition in the US - clearly he understood the flaw in his hopes.
When Prohibition was introduced, I hoped that it would be widely supported by public opinion and the day would soon come when the evil effects of alcohol would be recognised. I have slowly and reluctantly come to believe that this has not been the result. Instead, drinking has generally increased; the speakeasy has replaced the saloon; a vast army of lawbreakers has appeared; many of our best citizens have openly ignored Prohibition; respect for the law has been greatly lessened; and crime has increased to a level never seen before.