The liberals/left just love to preach against, dictate, and then move-in on things THEY believe we shouldn’t have. This is ironically hilarious, given today’s pushy preachy “progressive” libs/left are yesterday’s 1960s “if it feels good do it … anything goes” open drug and sex culture. But our history shows “prohibition” is a miserable failure with the exact opposite result of it’s intention. Heck, libertarians argue our country has such a drug and crime problem because drugs are illegal … although I don’t agree with legalizing them as a solution. Countries where they are legal have just as many crime problems and drug addiction. Kyle Smith at the New York Post outlines some very interesting highlights from a new PBS mini-series, “Prohibition”, that have a lot of parallels with the prohibition and regulatory attempts by the left and the feds on our lives today. I will bet you thought, as I did, that the alcohol prohibition movement in this country in the early 20th Century was conservative-driven. Nope…
“People think of Prohibition as a conservative movement, but not at all. It was a movement that was embraced by progressives,” says historian Wiliiam Leuchtenburg in Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s riveting, rollicking, infuriating and very contemporary documentary “Prohibition.”
“Prohibition,” a three-part miniseries that airs starting tonight on PBS and comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week, has many lessons to teach us about such antiquated, 1920s-era ideas as federal overreach, unfunded mandates to states, runaway taxation, a belief that great political leaders can accelerate human progress, crony capitalism, and of course the dire need of Washington to take steps to improve the lot of the poor and the children.
In other words, “Prohibition” is, to an almost mischievous extent, an investigative report about 2011.
Historian Catherine Gilbert Murdock, who provides a feminist voice to Burns and Novick’s film, says, of the times that gave rise to the dry movement, “There is a belief in human perfectibility — that humans can be perfect and alcohol is the fly in the ointment. You could have a perfect marriage if it weren’t for alcohol. You could you have a perfect husband if it weren’t for alcohol. You could have a perfect community if it weren’t for alcohol.”
And if you want perfection, who better to supply it than the federal government?
The many flaws in progressivism — the top-down, big-government, high-taxation model that seeks controls for benevolent reasons yet invariably falls prey to corruption — are as blatant today as they are in Burns and Novick’s film.
“Prohibition” is a virtual checklist of everything people dislike about DC today…
Meat. Smoking. Salt. Trans fats. French Fries (the potato in general). Happy Meal Toys. School bake sales. Public prayer. Christmas. “Bless you”. Incandescent light bulbs. Gas-fueld cars. Coal-fired power plants. Phosphates in our detergents. CO2. Free speech. The rich. Just to name a few…