The Lies and Fallacies Behind the Wine Bill HR 1161
What lies and fallacies lie ahead in the effort to prevent America's beer wholesalers from passing HR 1161 and keeping craft beers, wines and a spirits out of consumer hands?
"the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution created a state-based system of alcohol regulation that effectively balances local community control, tough consumer protections as well as choice and variety."
This particular lie is told by the National Beer Wholesalers Association in their press release applauding the introduction of HR 1161, a bill other wise know as last year's HR 5034 and even better known as "The Wholesaler protection act".
Between March 27 and March 30, beer wholesalers will descend upon Washington, DC for their annual Legislative Conference where they will, as always, spread out across the halls of Congress and attempt to persuade Washington lawmakers to support HR 1161.
While in the halls of Congress they will lie to lawmakers and tell them that the 21st Amendment created a state-based system of alcohol regulation. They'll call this system the "Three Tier System."
The 21st Amendment did no such thing and the National Beer Wholesalers Association President Craig Purser knows this for a fact. Yet, just like he was willing to say so publicly in a press release, he'll say the same thing to lawmakers.
The 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition. It further gave the states the right to remain dry or to go wet. And as court case after court case after court case has demonstrated, nothing in the 21st Amendment gave the states the right to interfere with Inter-state commerce the way wholesalers want the states to and as they have urged the states to at every turn.
In fact, the Supreme Court has said at various times of the states and the 21st Amendment:
"the [21st] Amendment does not license the States to ignore their obligations under other provisions of the Constitution."
The [21st] Amendment did not give States the authority to pass nonuniform laws in order to discriminate against out-of-state goods, a privilege they had not enjoyed at any earlier time."
And yet, beer wholesalers are preparing to march on Washington in a few days and try to convince lawmakers otherwise. Last year they were able to get a great number of Congress people to buy into their lies about the meaning of the 21st Amendment. Will they this year?
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