The first overt ban by the Federal Government came in 1920, when the newly-minted Eighteenth Amendment was enforced.
Section 1.After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.
Section 2. The Congress and the several States shall have concurrent power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by the legislatures of the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.
This banned the booze. And gave the federal and local authorities the ability to arrest those who made, and/or sold booze. This idea gained speed back in the Temperance Movement back in the 1800s. A bunch of churches, preaching that the “devil” was in the bottle, eventually got enough political clout to actually pass the blatantly tyrannical amendment in 3/4 of the states.
And of course, that created a vast black market. Hehehe, that’s how the government successfully creates jobs, ban something and watch the underground market grow. Anyway, from this we got Al Capone, John Dillinger, Bugsy Malone, etc. Or less noticeably, someone’s grandpa with a still making moonshine for his own consumption. If caught, he’s going to jail, and for what? Drinking a beverage he made, not hurting anyone but some self-righteous ass’s sensibilities. Prisons and Courts filled up quick.
The 21st Amendment repealed this Prohibition, but we still have others, such as marijuana. The government has taken things from us before that hurts nothing and still do today. Incandescent bulbs, pure ethanol free gas, full-auto machine guns.
Remember that just societies have a check and balance system. Government makes laws which are enforced by the cops. Laws are just words on paper, you don’t have to follow them, which is why we have cops. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the laws that keep the Federal Government in check BUT it’s just words on paper unless enforced by someone. Guess who that is? WE THE PEOPLE, and we are failing miserable due to apathy and complacency. A little monetary or physical security in exchange for freedom and liberty. Not for this wolf, I’m not one of the flock, I’m above it and have taken it upon myself to snap you from your slumber, remove your blindfolds and show you how IT IS!
Another essay to follow on the Nineteenth Amendment. Stay tuned for it next week.