Session 22: Prohibition is Repealed!

Posted on 12.05.08 12:30PM under The Session

As a fairly young man, I have never felt the restrictive shackles of prohibition. Unless you count the 21-year prohibition that everyone in this country is subjected to. I suppose that alcohol is a bit easier to come by in your pre-drinking-age temporary prohibition than it was during the thirteen-year dry spell. On the other hand, if we’re to believe the movies, perhaps the bar scene was as vibrant in the 20’s as it is today. Homebrewing would have been more than just a cool hobby. It would have been illicit pursuit of forbidden fermentation.

Normally I am not a big fan of holidays or national anniversaries. But then there’s something like this that goes totally under the radar of most people. So many people who enjoy the freedom afforded us by the 21st Amendment are simultaneously clueless about said legislation’s significance to their daily helping of liquid bread. Even as recently as last year, I myself was barely aware of the passing of this day. Though it’s likely I made full utilization of my right to drink beer on that day, it was not a conscious awareness.

Now I’m not going to go starting a campaign to make December 5th a National Holiday. But I did spend a little extra time talking about the repeal of prohibition this past week at work. I suspect a few people I know may give a brief moment of silence at the gentle hiss of the opening of their beer tonight. I know I will, and I hope that you may.

I think that without experiencing national prohibition brought on us by the 18th Amendment, it’s hard to comment on the significance of the repealing 21st Amendment. But at the same time, I can say with great certainty that I am glad that those guys in 1933 decided to give us back the right to drink alcohol.

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  1. Posted by BobbyO on 12.06.08 10:38 AM

    Well, let’s not forget the other great prohibition that our society is still saddled with.