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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Prohibition in the United States

The Volstead Act prohibited the sale and manufacturing of alcohol in 1919. This act was the eighteenth amendment to the constitution of the United States.

On December 5, 1933, the ratification of the Twenty-first Amendment repealed the Eighteenth Amendment.

People with good intentions (in their minds) tried to regulate people’s lifestyle by using federal law.

While we live with many prohibitions, we should ask ourselves are there no limits to restrictions on our conduct.

Since the sixties there has been an increase in lawsuits aimed at enforcing the will of a few upon the vast majority of Americans.

Leading the charge is the A.L.C.U under the guise of protecting the constitutional rights of citizens while nullifying the rights of the many.

At present in my city of Oroville there is a man who is trying to stop the building a super Wal-Mart store by using environmental laws. This store is needed and could serve 100,000 customers. He has delayed the start of the building for two years so far, and still has the option of filing future lawsuits.

Surprise!! He does not live in Oroville in fact he lives some 60 miles away from here, yet he says that we in Oroville can’t have the store because he doesn’t want us to.

McDonalds is under a similar attack by a woman who wants to control what parents can feed their children.

She has filed a lawsuit to stop the selling of meals for children because she wants to establish the nutritional value of food served to them.

Schools that receive federal monies have to ban certain drinks and food from school cafeterias. The rational for this is trying to put a ban on obese children.  One would suspect that the villain in the case of the obese child, is not getting enough exercise because of television, computers, and telephones.

As these prohibitions are placed upon us and backed up by the law enforcement agencies what is to stop them from banning all groceries not on a list they approve of.

Where and when we can go and what we can wear, what kind and size of car we can drive depending on the number of people who will ride in it and how much they weigh.

We live in an age where the tail wags the dog, where the minority can control the majority and where one person has the power to tell us how we must raise our kids.

Could health care be banned for those who do not obey the rules laid down by these power brokers?

Like Pearl Harbor day, the day the happy meal is turned into a veggie plate it will be a day that will go down in infamy.

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