by Mario Rizzo
On December 5, 1933 the national prohibition of alcohol was repealed. This is a date that should remind us of the spirit of liberty. Unfortunately, the lessons learned from alcohol prohibition have not been applied to the drug prohibition of our time. Furthermore, the gathering support for penalizing, in some form or other – subtle or not-so-subtle – activities that may harm the individual himself is evidence that the moral and political climate in America has changed. But everyone should toast with whatever they care to drink that spirit of liberty. In the meantime I found a website that gives interesting facts about the repeal of prohibition. This is an excerpt from it:
John D. Rockefeller, Jr., a lifelong abstainer who had contributed at least $350,000 and perhaps as much as $700,000 to the Anti-Saloon League, announced his support for repeal because of the widespread problems caused by prohibition. He explained his change of belief in a letter published in The New York Times:
“When the Eighteenth Amendment was passed I earnestly hoped- with a host of advocates of temperance-that it would be generally supported by public opinion and thus the day be hastened when the value to society of men with minds and bodies free from the undermining effects of alcohol would be generally realized. That this has not been the result, but rather that drinking has generally increased; that the speakeasy has replaced the saloon, not only unit for unit, but probably two-fold if not three-fold; that a vast array of lawbreakers has been recruited and financed on a colossal scale; that many of our best citizens, piqued at what they regarded as an infringement of their private rights, have openly and unabashedly disregarded the Eighteenth Amendment; that as an inevitable result respect for all law has been greatly lessened; that crime has increased to an unprecedented degree-I have slowly and reluctantly come to believe.”
UPDATE: See the interesting article at Rasmussen Reports.