BATTLING FOR THE RIGHT TO NOT DRINK – Marilyn Armstrong

Garry has an undying devotion to some really awful old television series. Among many others, he really likes “The Untouchables.” That would be the version with Robert Stack as Elliott Ness. It’s the original, where our chief G-man and his “guys” fight (are you ready?) for The Volstead Act.

Prohibition! That’s right.

Prohibition. Booze, or more accurately, the lack thereof. Fighting for the right to have people NOT drink booze.

I’m not a boozer. I don’t drink now and never drank much, not even when I was younger. That being said, I can’t imagine going to war to make booze disappear.

War doesn’t work, not even when it’s a war against drugs or booze or your neighbor or their neighbor. War (which is not the same as protection) is an ineffective tool that does more damage than good. I grant you there have been a few exceptions, but ironically, most “good wars” were fought because of bad deals made following previous bad wars. But what do I know, right?

Back to “The Untouchables.”

What a great show. When the cops are pissed off with you, they can beat the living crap out of you. If that doesn’t get you to spill your guts, they’ll toss you off the train. A moving train. You have a problem with that?

You are disposable too.

Ready to blow it up? You betcha!

This version of the FBI is unconcerned with your rights. They don’t believe you have any rights.

First amendment? What’s that? You are dirt under their feet and they treat you accordingly as if you are dirt under their feet. This is a show that never made the slightest apology for being racist. They never pretended to be fair or worried about legalities.

They said “We are G-men. You will obey!”

Everyone did. It was the FBI at its most pure. These men (there are no women) are not just above the law. They are the law.

Early terrorist attack (1920s) – Wall Street

My favorite moment in tonight’s show was when the boys, ignoring even a nod to international law, take the FBI bus into Mexico to track down the guys who kidnapped their witness.

“The bus broke down three times and the trip took 10 hours,” said the stentorian voice of the narrator.

“So what?” I said to Garry. “That could describe my last trip to the grocery store.”

Since the FBI took over enforcing Prohibition — The Volstead Act — no one has had a drink. Not a single person. These guys were so good at battling beer and booze, the alcohol problem was permanently solved. Some might call this denial.

I call it faith. If you believe, it must be true. Who needs facts when misguided belief is more than enough?

I’m trying to get into our current national spirit.

How am I doing?

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all of us!

14 thoughts on “BATTLING FOR THE RIGHT TO NOT DRINK – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. My dad was a keen fan of Capone and so we would regularly watch The Untouchables on the tV. I inherited his taste. I would watch all the films. A book I can recommend is The Bootleggers by Kenneth Allsop. I read it a few times

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  2. Robert Stack will always be the creepy guy in the trenchcoat who hosted Unsolved Mysteries to my generation. He didn’t beat anyone up or smash any stills with an ax, but he did scare a lot of small children in the 80’s…

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  3. Who are G-men? I am not up to this…. but also, as much as I like my glass of wine, I very much am in awe of people who don‘t drink. In CH we have a unspoken law: If you drink, you don‘t drive and my family‘s drivers strictly go by it. Chapeau!
    We also get cold calls and my mother-in-law who could be a member of the Blue Cross was called several times by French wine sellers at her Swiss home… I believe every one of them only called once! 😉

    On a different note: I LOVED this bit: “The bus broke down three times and the trip took 10 hours,” said the stentorian voice of the narrator.
    “So what?” I said to Garry. “That could describe my last trip to the grocery store.”

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