Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Toast to Bipartisanship

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 devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody 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 life's 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."


Now we get "career ending" sips of bottled water.  .  


Cinco-X said...

Rubio's career is over? I thought he was making bank with it...

Property Flopper said...

He's just catching grief since he was held up as the best face of the Repub party since Reagan... then did such an amature presentation.

Nobody will remember this in 2016. At that point, he'll only have to prove he's "Republican enough" in the primary without going too far into crazyville, so he can still court the center for the general election.

Lou Minatti said...


wagga said...

Whiskey is better than beefcake, but if you are going to leave us hanging, we prefer cheesecake. Contact me for breaking news. D.