Soon, it may be easier for Bay State residents to score pot than to obtain the fruity, canned malt beverage called Four Loko.
An expected move by Bay State liquor regulators to restrict sales of the highly concentrated alcohol and caffeine drink next Monday had consumers raiding liquor stores for the last remaining rations of Four Loko.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” said Jerry Geagan of Hurley’s Liquors in Brighton.
In fact, Four Loko may well become a new black market, with the drink’s maker agreeing to remove caffeine from the beverage.
As I have written before, when it comes to understanding human nature, progressives and leftist nannys of all stripes get failing Marx.
You can count on the fact that the policies of the progressive left will always end up enabling and exposing the worse aspects of human nature. These of course, are the same people who always come up with these utopian schemes that promise a veritable paradise of human love, compassion, kindness and brotherhood; and then deliver a toxic brew of hate, envy, and discord, greed and envy. You have to wonder how the "reality-based" community can be so completely clueless about something as obvious as the reality of human nature?
Perhaps, the best answer to that question is that, when it comes to themselves, the left is constitutionally unable to understand or accept the dark side of their own natures with any degree of clarity, let alone honesty. Hence, they fail to understand the more primitive sides of their own human nature--and in doing so, end up unconsciously allowing that primitive side (the one that seeks power over others, for example) to control their motivations and actions.
In the 1920's reventing humans from accessing "demon rum" or alcohol in any form led to the Prohibition Era:
Prohibition in the United States, also known as The Noble Experiment, was the period from 1920 to 1933, during which the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol were banned nationally as mandated in the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Under substantial pressure from the temperance movement, the United States Senate proposed the Eighteenth Amendment on December 18, 1917. Having been approved by 36 states, the 18th Amendment was ratified on January 16, 1919 and effected on January 16, 1920. Some state legislatures had already enacted statewide prohibition prior to the ratification of the 18th Amendment.
The "Volstead Act", the popular name for the National Prohibition Act, passed through Congress over President Woodrow Wilson's veto on October 28, 1919, and established the legal definition of intoxicating liquor, as well as penalties for producing it. Though the Volstead Act prohibited the sale of alcohol, the federal government did little to enforce it. By 1925, in New York City alone, there were anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 speakeasy clubs.
While Prohibition was successful in reducing the amount of liquor consumed, it tended to undermine society by other means, as it stimulated the proliferation of rampant underground, organized and widespread criminal activity. [emphasis mine]
It never occurred to those promoting this "Noble Experiment" that by trying to control human nature, they would do more harm than good, though. And this blindness to the idea the human nature will out, has almost always led to more unintended and negative consequences than the original problem the do-gooders were trying to solve.
But, you know, they meant well...and for clueless do-gooders, that's all that really matters.