History 102



There was a letter in The Blount Countian a few weeks ago from one of the opponents of alcohol sales. The letter was purportedly a history lesson for Blount County. Abraham Lincoln, one of history’s most famous teetotalers, was quoted as a reason to vote NO to alcohol. However, just like many things we are against in this campaign for legal alcohol sales, the letter only told half of the story. Abraham Lincoln is a fantastic example of someone who believed in abstinence for himself, temperance for his country and for everyone to have the right to make the decision for themselves.

On prohibition: “Prohibition… goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not even crimes. A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” – Dec. 18, 1840.

On alcohol: “I have not inquired at what period of time the use of intoxicating liquors commenced, nor is it important to know. It is sufficient that, to all of us who now inhabit the world, the practice of drinking then is just as old as the world itself, that is, we have seen the one just as long as we have seen the other.

It has long been recognized that the problem with alcohol relates not to the use of a bad thing, but to the abuse of a good thing.” – Address to the Washingtonian Temperance Society, Feb. 22, 1842.

On others drinking: In response to a letter regarding Ulysses S. Grant’s drinking during the Civil War: “Tell me the brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals.” – Nov. 26, 1863.

I think this was a much needed history lesson for our county. I ALSO think we should follow the example of Abraham Lincoln: president, devout Christian, lawyer, husband, father, teetotaler, bartender, and pub owner.

Looking at the FULL story, it is pretty obvious how Abraham Lincoln would define “special.”

Bonnie Peavy

Oneonta