05 December 2007

Happy Repeal Day!

Let us all raise a glass - rocks, pint, martini or otherwise - and drink a toast to the Twenty First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.

For it's a jolly Amendment!

For it's a jolly Amendment!

For it's a jolly A-meeend-mennnnt!

Whiii-iich leaves nobody dry!

On this date in 1933 the US Congress passed - after the States, EVEN Alabama, ratified - this most important Amendment to the Consitution. It repealed the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution which mandated a National Prohibition against Apple-tini consumption.

This is also referred to by historical scholars of mixology as "The American Dark Ages."

WHY the 18th Amedment in the first place? A govermental attempt at legislating morality, naturellement.

The amendment was the crowning glory of the Temperance Movement, which was led by a posse of ugly dudes and dried up old widow women who decided that if THEY weren't going to have any fun, neither was anyone else. At least that's the way it was explained to me by my high school American History teacher, Coach Schuler.

Enlightened individuals back in 1919 used to call the 18th the "Anti-Freedom Amendment."

Boy, now that sounds familiar....

1 comment:

Country Girl said...

Oooh!Oooh! It showed up on my calendar as Repeal Day. You know: Valentine's Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day...Repeal Day. The Church of Christ don't know about this yet, I assure you.