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Prohibition Repealed!

"A prohibitionist is the sort of man one couldn't care to drink with, even if he drank."

Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken.



On 5 December 1933 (at 5:32 pm ET), the state of Utah voted to approve the 21st Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, its approval fulfilling the requisite number of states, thus terminating the ignoble, nearly 14-year reign, of the 18th Amendment, Prohibition.


Some might find it ironic that Utah, of all states —with its widespread latter-day teetotalling— would vote to ALLOW alcohol. On closer examination, it may have been logically sagacious of that state to repudiate the 18th amendment, the ONLY amendment to eradicate constitutional rights rather than creating, affirming, or clarifying them.


After Utah's vote, two more states would vote to ratify. Six states (excluding Alaska and Hawaii, which were not states at that time) would never bother to vote on the amendment. But alone among all the states of the nation, only South Carolina, deserving of ignominy, voted against repeal.




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Taken on June 23, 2006