The 21st Amendment to the Constitution went into effect on December 5, 1933, which means that today is the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. What struck me about Prohibition when I looked over the history is how long it lasted: from January 1920 until December 1933, almost 14 years. That’s a long time to go without a beer!
Of course, lots of Americans didn’t abstain.
Prohibition is often called a “noble experiment,” but I am not sure how noble it was. The will to power lives on, and we see the same impulse in initiatives like Obamacare. Let’s hope it doesn’t take 14 years to get rid of that infringement on our freedom!