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Repeal Day

Repeal Day

In terms of holidays, it’s not in the same league as Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Still, anyone who enjoys a cold beer ought to raise a glass in honor of Repeal Day. 
On Dec. 5, 1933, Congress ratified the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, sweeping away Prohibition and quenching the thirst of Americans. Of course, it was not as simple as that. North Carolina did not repeal until 1935, and to this day, the state is still a patchwork of alcohol laws.

On December the 5th, 1933
The constitution was changed to please you and me
Prohibition died with the signed 21st
And Americans quenched a 13 year thirst.
But some states rebelled keeping “No Drinking” alive
North Carolina kept at it till the year ’35.
Now we can all drink till our eyeballs are floating
Just not while we’re driving – not while we’re boating
For if we get caught on a D.W.I
We’ll be hauled into court and asked to tell why
You’ll pay a big fine or in jail you’ll be wiltin’
Unless you are Lindsey or maybe a Hilton
So lets raise a glass to the Congressmen who
Sponsored this bill and pushed it on through
So that all of your friends and all of their kin
Could bathe now that the bathtub is not filled with gin

I’m not a drinker, a drunkard, a sot
To drink or abstain to me matters not
But one who imbibes has what I ain’t got
An excuse for the things that they say

So here’s to the boozehound, the guzzler, the lush
The rumdum, the rummy who’s speaking is mush
The tippler, the wino with their rosy blush
Drink up for it’s now Repeal Day


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  1. Date: 12/5/2012 6:46:00 PM
    i'll drink to that! great poem and thank heavens for repeal day!