Alcohol | Chemical Abuse | Compromise | Drinking | Drunkenness | Prejudice | Sovereignty | Value | Whiskey

Barry Lorch in his San Diego Union column told of a debate on the floor of the United States Senate about 130 years ago. The issue was whether alcohol should be sold in the territories seeking statehood. One notoriously anti-alcohol senator, who, according to one description, was so dry he was a known fire hazard, challenged one of his colleagues to state his position on alcohol. Supposedly his colleague stood up and said this: “You asked me how I feel about whiskey. Well, here’s how I stand on the question. If, when you say whiskey you mean that Devil’s brew, the poison spirit, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates…

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