Sometimes it's really hard to believe we're living in 2024.
Here's Where We Are
If you were not aware, Texas residents could not go to liquor stores for 61 hours in a row on New Year's weekend due to liquor laws bumping up against each other. First off, liquor stores are closed on Sunday, which is very inconvenient on New Year's Eve. Adding insult to injury, liquor can't be sold on holidays, so New Year's Day was out as well.
I Have No Interest
I suppose you could say I'm a teetotaller. It would probably be more accurate to say that I don't drink at all anymore because I find it robs me of my motivation. Simply put, I have nothing against cocktails, I just don't like headaches the next day. I have no vested interest in this alcohol argument at all, other than to point out the stupidity and futility of the law.
Just Plan Ahead
I have an incredible selection of liquors at my house. Trust me, I could heal a snakebite. Still, why should I be inconvenienced if I decide, the day of, to make a particular drink? I also have to ask who benefits if I buy MORE than I need of everything "just in case". It sure seems to defeat the purchase of days banning alcohol sales.
Where This Comes From
All of this is rooted in religious temperance, something I 100% don't want to participate in. We no longer live in a time where you can just take something away from people if you don't want them to have it. At this point, I'm not even sure religious people would have a huge problem with expanded alcohol sales, these laws just continue to hang around.
Have you ever thought about how positively ludicrous it is that something is legal, except for one day a week and/or holidays? How about this? You can only carry your firearm in Texas Wednesdays through Mondays because we're having "Gun-Free Tuesdays". How about you can drive any day of the week, except Saturdays, because that's when most accidents happen and we don't want you on the road then? I should also mention, for those who don't know, you can still go to a bar on these holidays, you just can't buy it and take it home. Ridiculous.
The Dumb Will Continue
The pandering to scaremongers and cross-clutchers will no doubt continue. After all, it's easier to just keep sweeping this issue under the rug. I would like to sign off on the fact that I live in a town that went "wet" in somewhat recent history, and drunk driving accidents went DOWN for a few years after legalization. There's no reason for these arcane liquor laws, and I'm surprised Texans haven't embraced their freedom to live how they want to live with little to no interference from the State government.
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