December 5, 2008

Hoist a drink at 8:32 p.m. EST to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the 21st Amendment

Anyone looking for a story idea?
How about campus drinking? Tie that into the 18th and 21st Amendments?
Maybe not, but at least we should all celebrate the repeal of the 18th.


Dec. 5, 1933
8:32 p.m.
The Utah legislature ratified the proposed 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Its action repealed the 18th Amendment and ended Prohibition.

Thanks to the people who wanted to save the world from the "evils of drink" and pushed through Prohibition in 1919 with the 18th Amendment we got positive results such as organized crime figures Al Capone. Besides laying the groundwork fro organized crime, Prohibition led to increased corruption among law enforcement officials and a weakening of respect for the legal process.

So let us all raise a glass of our favorite alcoholic beverage -- in moderation of course -- to praise those who finally woke up to the fact that legislating morality doesn't work.

History Channel Story.

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