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Butterbean

The politics of whiskey - a historical american perspective

The POLITICS of WHISKEY In 1952, Armon M. Sweat, Jr., a member of the Texas House of Representatives, was asked about his position on whiskey. What follows is his exact answer (taken from the Political Archives of Texas):

"If you mean whiskey, the devilís brew, the poison scourge, the bdooly monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean that evil drink that topples Christian men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pit of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness, and hopelessness, then, my friend, I am opposed to it with every fiber of my being.

"However, if by whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the elixir of life, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer, the stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning; if you mean that drink that enables man to magnify his joy, and to forget lifeís great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow; if you mean that drink the sale of which pours into Texas treasuries untold millions of dollars each year, that provides tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitifully aged and infirm, to build the finest highways, hospitals, universities, and community colleges in this nation, then my friend, I am absolutely, unequivocally in favor of it.

This is my position, and as always, I refuse to compromise on matters of principle."

PS, I'm not positve this is true but I think Bill Clinton plagerized this in some respect for his defense in the Lewinski scandal.
Woodsmoke

A definate case of 'horses for courses'  
Jonty

Certainly the answer of a politician.

By the way, after hauling my sorry arse out of my pit to go fishing or shooting in Perthshire on numerous occasions with a banging head and a tongue like one of Ghandi's flip flops, I'll go with his first opinion.
Woodsmoke

Jonty wrote:
after hauling my sorry arse out of my pit to go fishing or shooting in Perthshire on numerous occasions


Lightweight........................  
Butterbean

Jonty wrote:
By the way, after hauling my sorry arse out of my pit to go fishing or shooting in Perthshire on numerous occasions with a banging head and a tongue like one of Ghandi's flip flops, I'll go with his first opinion.


So I take it you are not a moderate.
Woodsmoke

Oh yes he is, bless his wee sleepy head      
Jonty

I'd go with Woodsmoke's  lightweight over moderate BB.  The only time I drink whisky is with the wee Jock.  It usually involves a lot of catching up before an early start.  If I'm lucky, my grain induced narcolepsy saves me from his more incoherent ramblings

God knows why we do it the night before we're going to holding something next to our pounding heads that keeps going bang.... and trust me, we make far more bangs then most respectable shots sometimes  
Bazzer

Takes your mind off of yet another blank though.

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