On January 17, 1920, the United States passed one of the most tyrannical acts of legislation ever when they made alcohol illegal. The Volstead Act, the law that put enforcement teeth into the Eighteenth Amendment by banning intoxicating beverages, would set off a chain of events that would peak a decade later by ushering in a massive rise in organized crime, government corruption and the deaths of thousands of citizens and hundreds of cops. The resulting rise in government corruption coupled with the enforcement of alcohol prohibition led to a lack of respect for authority that continued even after Prohibition was repealed in 1933.
Though the 18th Amendment was repealed on December 5, 1933, the police state never learned their lesson and cops are still tasked with the enforcement of prohibition — even alcohol.
In the state of North Carolina, if you do not have a commercial distilling permit, police will kidnap and cage you, even for home consumption or personal use. However, because this is a commercial license the state will not allow it for personal use. It's a catch 22 and a law that has largely been ignored by many locals because it's just alcohol.
Nevertheless, it is the job of law enforcement to go after people who dare to make a product without paying them for the privilege of doing so, and extort, kidnap, or cage them.
The lack of respect for authority mentioned above that came after prohibition is still alive and well thanks to the government's war on drugs, including alcohol. Despite the ridicule and shaming from many in society who see prohibition of arbitrary substances for what it is — absolute tyranny that fosters mass suffering — police officers continue to take to social media and brag about enforcing it.
The North Carolina Highway patrol took to Facebook and Twitter this week to brag about stealing moonshine from a resident and then kidnapping him for having it.
"NCSHP Trooper C. Oxendine recently stopped a vehicle in Cumberland County for speeding. After a thorough investigation, Oxendine found 20 gallons of suspected moonshine & a firearm. The case was given to ALE for further investigation," the post said, coupled with a photo of the Trooper and his "loot" he stole from an otherwise entirely innocent man.
Naturally, the internet being the internet, the Highway patrol received some much needed criticism.
"Such a waste of state resources arresting people for making booze! Get a life! Stop some real crime! Oh wait, police don't really prevent crime!" one person wrote.
"Why...are they still chasing Moonshine ...it’s 2020," another person wrote.
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"Is this the 1920's? Why on earth are cops devoting resources to confiscating alcohol when there are unsolved rapes and murders throughout the state?" another person asked.
Others took to the post to blatantly tell the troopers that they transport moonshine all the time.
"That's why I never speed when I'm hauling 20 gallons of suspected moonshine," a Facebook user wrote.
"You won't catch me when I'm bringing it to market, and I don't put mine in plastic.
Also, an entire thread on the Facebook post was started when one person asked why the officers are enforcing "a law that was never repealed after prohibition was? Give me one good reason why moonshine is still illegal," the person asked.
The person was asking the police department why they are still arresting people for booze, but the troopers predictably did not respond. Dozens of others did, however, and their answers were all the same: because the government wants their cut, taxes.
Arresting people for transporting moonshine protects no one, just like arresting people for possessing marijuana protects no one. But these arrests give police officers easy opportunities to plunder the citizens while enriching their departments, so it continues despite the horrific effects it has on society.
In the land of the free, in 2020, we still have cops going after innocent people for arbitrary substances deemed illegal by the state. This has to end now.