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October 05, 2020

The response to Covid has set the stage for a new Prohibition [Buck Throckmorton]

Alcohol-related deaths will almost certainly exceed Covid-related deaths in 2021. The 70,000+ people who will die “unnecessarily” due to alcohol are – let me find the words – a “public health crisis.” Get ready folks. It may not be in 2021 or even 2022, but when Prohibition II comes barreling at us, it will come fast, and a majority of people will quickly and willingly submit. Remember, we went from zero to Covid-sharia in a matter of weeks.

If epidemiologists and the CDC were to recommend prohibition, who could say no? If Anthony Fauci stated that prohibition would reduce the number of alcohol-related deaths per year, it would be a “scientific fact” that prohibition is necessary. When he said the entire economy must be shut down, it was taken as the word of God. What difference if he or one of his successors simply declares that wineries, breweries and distilleries must be shut down due to the public health crisis?

There are more than 10,000 alcohol-related traffic fatalities per year – including 200 children. Employing the PHD-level modeling used by Dr. Fauci, this could be reduced to zero with prohibition. Only a monster would choose a glass of wine over 200 children’s lives, right? With a couple of executive orders from our mayors and governors, no child will ever die again in a drunk driving accident. Covid experts taught me that this is logical.

As we learned from Covid emergency orders, if the CDC / epidemiologists were to recommend prohibition, no law would even need to be passed. Prohibition is no further away than an “emergency” executive order from your elected officials. Would Gavin Newsom or Andrew Cuomo suspend all alcohol production and sales if there was a left-wing and media drumbeat to do so? In a heartbeat. Look at how they shut down all bars, schools, and restaurants.

But wasn’t prohibition already tried unsuccessfully? Remember, “true prohibition” has never been tried. If you get the whole world on board, then hooch can’t get smuggled in from outside the US. And the whole world climbed on board the Covid shutdown. Is global prohibition possible? Think of what is being asked for in the global warming accords - Europeans (as well as our own Democrats) are in favor of banning all forms of electricity production that make our current standard of living possible. Making the masses give up alcohol is a minor sacrifice compared to what has already been endorsed.

There is every reason to believe that teetotaling will become just as virtuous as mask wearing. And frankly, for the large majority of folks who aren’t dependent on alcohol, giving it up is less of a burden than wearing a sweaty, steamy mask all day. Smokers were once a majority of Americans. Now they are outcasts. Drinkers may soon find themselves similarly shamed.

Any great moral crusade brings together zealots from the extreme right and left, and then the majority of normal folks are afraid to object. The daycare hysteria of the ‘90s brought righteous church ladies (“Satanic worship!!”) together in common cause with obsessed feminists (“All men are rapists!!”) They can find common cause again in banning alcohol.

The mob can be motivated quickly when it has a new crusade. Do you remember how fast your leftist friends went from casually using plastic straws to declaring that plastic straws are environmental bio-hazards that will destroy all life on earth if they aren’t outlawed immediately? That passion can be steered toward alcohol.

And speaking of the environment, all that acreage devoted to barley farming and vineyards– which doesn’t even feed people – is a waste of resources, right? When you add in the fertilizers, pesticides, and draining of underground aquifers – your alcohol habit is literally killing the planet. Or so you’ll soon be hearing.

Let’s not forget how racist alcohol consumption is. Your single malt whiskeys and IPAs are white privilege. Also, selling cheap rotgut to minorities is exploitation. Only a racist could oppose prohibition.

When alcohol is declared a public health crisis, Americans will just submit to prohibition rather than be seen as bad citizens. Corporations will jump on the bandwagon if that is where the SJW-train they are riding takes them. Abstinence will actually seem appropriate since any pleasures in life are now frowned upon in “these unprecedented times.”

Don’t misunderstand, I strongly oppose prohibition. But don’t be surprised when it is quickly imposed on a populace softened by Covid-compliance and obedient submission to “experts.”

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