TWO BIG PROGRESSIVE FAILURES : PAST AND PRESENT

(OR: Liberal failure in Alcohol and Drugs is amazing.)

Rooster does not want to repeat the socialist failures such as the Mayflower compact, Russia, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, and so on. He wants to point his talon to a dramatic U.S. socialist plan which failed, and one that is failing before our eyes. No he is not talking about the chaotic failure in the ghettos of their welfare state, or the present collapse of Obama Care. What he wants to discuss with you is much more certain. These two were caused by the same socialist zeal. The first failure was the Progressive’s laws to make every citizen stop drinking alcohol. It was started by the eternal progressives of Maine.. By Jan. 1855 there were 13 States which forbid liquor. This culminated in the passage of the 18th amendment. (See comparison time table). Its passage was assisted by the first real progressive president, Woodrow Wilson. At first he vetoed the act to implement the amendment (Volstead Act). This was to make him look good to the troops in WW 1. He knew it would pass over his veto.

It did, in both houses primarily because it was the peoples will. The legislatures really had no choice. They had to implement the amendment. The Amendment became effective in Wilson’s last year 1920. The only people who pushed this amendment were socialist type liberals. They came in many disguises, such as the Anti saloon League, the National Prohibition Party, etc. Their primary argument was it will be better for everyone, (unless you worked in a brewery or really enjoyed a brew or cold glass of wine after work.) Now let’s analyze what happened from a common sense stand point. That is the issue. The number who voted for this amendment listened to all the good things it would cause and did not use their common sense. This is typical liberal Promise good times and health, and lie through your teeth. If not lying then its plain stupid. Just using common sense, we know the world, has had booze since we learned how. In fact some say cities only grew to protect the beer and wine from others. History tells us the human likes this stuff. The “Like” is so large and so persuasive common sense says you cannot get rid of it. You can treat it, but you cannot erase it off the face of the earth. Common sense also tells you that no one country could do it alone. Think of all the other country producers, and their helpers like the Kennedy Family, who would rum-run so to speak. They did in huge numbers. A “Still” is easy to make and so they sprung up all over the country. The crime it all created is mind boggling. The cost to try to make it effective was horrible, especially after we had already lost so much in WW 1. It was a losing battle and many people helped prove it. If you cannot see the logic and the future with common sense, then you are a liberal. All of the pain and suffering and financial loss incurred by this stupid amendment finally came to an end with the 21st amendment in 1933. 13 years of torment and damage. The Second clear example of liberal’s failure to use common sense was the simultaneous development of our current drug system. It did not come as a command of the people (amendment). It came in Federal Legislation. It was, driven by the same supporters of the 18th. A common time table is helpful. 18th Amendment Drug enforcement law.
Jan 1855: 13 states go dry. Maine first
1869 & 1893: Prohibition Party, Anti Saloon League.
1914: Fed Narcotics Control Board created, outlawing Opiates, cocaine
1917: Amendment proposed to States. .
1919: Amendment is certified: Volstead Act
1920: 18th Amendment is law. 1933 undone by 21st.
1930: Name changed to Fed. Bu. of Narcotics then DEA and then FDA in 1988

The above time line shows that the first try at control was “alcohol”. Embolden by success the progressive’s added narcotics to the battle to regulate all lives in America. The individual liberty of choice, which had existed at least from 1787 to 1914. (Plus the Colonial years.) was to be forbidden, by the do-gooder socialists types. In the South the favorite exit drink was Laudanum, which had its origins in Greece. It is a combination of Opium and alcohol with various flavors such as sugar, cinnamon, anisettes and others. When it was in its weakest form it was codeine and a variation of that was used in the early Coca Cola. Even alcohol in its strongest form is lethal. Please understand, the world was not killing itself with drugs. It was not an epidemic. In fact the primary reason Congress gave its consent was for new taxes. Progressive ideas to control you and the desire by legislatures for money is a lethal mix. Not all the failures of common sense are easily apparent. With the advent of beer and wine and all its variants, which probably started at the dawn of civilization the world population has increased, not decreased. We have become over populated. Man also found narcotics in plants early on, yet it has only affected a few. Common sense sees the future and knows. If you attempt to deregulate sex you will fail, if you try to stop prostitution you will fail, if you try to stop alcohol you will fail, and if government tries to stop drugs it will fail. The human being will not be stopped from doing what may or may not be harmful. Helping the fallen makes common sense. If progressives had not outlawed narcotics, but only attempted to regulate them what would have happened? Well the failure of the 18th, to stop Alcohol, gives us a clue. Nothing worse happened. Addiction and overuse were limited. Has DUI legislation stopped drunken drivers accidents? Of course not. Common sense tells you intense education would do better. Compare the cost of trying to stop these things to the cost of a soft bed for those who fail. We are talking trillions of dollars vs. millions. Hospitals, rehabs, and ½ way houses are so much cheaper and peaceful. Homicides have been much more prevalent now than before regulation. How many lives are lost each year because gangs continue to sell to those who want. Yes regulate drugs for purity, but make them available. Without prescription. If you do the jails will be empty, drug lords in your neighborhood and all around the world will have to find legitimate jobs. Most important the allure of the forbidden will vanish. In a free to choose world common sense tells us warnings on labels will have a much better effect. Teaching in our schools could be tailored to assist and life will be better. Not so in the progressive world of control. Mistakes abound, blinders continue to obscure vision. Blind Faith in Government is the worst of all.

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