December is a month filled with company holiday parties and the all important Christmas and Hanukkah. However, a much more jollier holiday is actually today – Repeal Day. That’s right, on this day, a mere 78 years ago, the greatest country in the world apologized for its lack of good judgement and repealed Prohibition. I don’t know if any of you saw Ken Burns’ documentary “Prohibition” but it was an amazing glance at the past, reminding us that not too long ago in this country, you could get thrown in the slammer for drinking a simple glass of wine, pint of beer, or glass of bourbon. It was against the 18th Amendment. You were breaking the law.
During prohibition (January 1920 to December 5, 1933), people were forced to get their fix from bootleggers, speakeasies, and any other sort of black market trades. These sorts of things have gotten popular again today (cough, cough – Patterson House, Boardwalk Empire, etc.) The only good things that came out of prohibition were the drinks and sweet bar vibes that prohibition created. I now have a show to watch on Sunday nights reminiscing of the old days when I wasn’t around.
Let’s toast to John D. Rockefeller, Jr., a lifelong non-drinker, who contributed tons of dough to the Prohibitionist Anti-Saloon League and was a outspoken supporter for repeal. Let’s also flip the bird to the Women’s Christian Temperance Union who caused the damn problem in the first place.
Happy Repeal Day,