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December 5, 2012

Meet Congress' Favorite Bootlegger: Prohibition, Hypocrisy, and "The Man in the Green Hat"

George Cassiday, a man whose life and work should be taught to every schoolkid - and to every member of Congress hell-bent on legislating the nation's morals.

From 1920 through 1930 - the thick of the Prohibition era - Cassiday supplied illegal liquor throughout the halls of Congress. Known as "The Man in the Green Hat," Cassiday was the Capitol's highest-profile bootlegger, with a client list that included senior members of the Republican and Democratic Parties. How instrumental was he to the D.C. power elite? He even had his own office in the House and Senate office buildings.
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1 year 8 months ago

Nice old story but your title doesnt fit...morality is the underlining foundation upon a free society is built. The proabition is an example of forcing morality upon people where today just the opposite is true...you should not attempt to say what is right and what is wrong. Both bad ideas

1 year 8 months ago

Cassiday's career began after his return from World War I when he obliged a friend's request to obtain alcoholic beverages for two House members. Both had voted in favor of Prohibition. Soon, he was making an average of 25 deliveries a day, transporting bottles to House and Senate offices in a large leather briefcase. Capitol police, who recognized Cassiday by his trademark emerald hat, allowed him unquestioned access at all hours.

1 year 8 months ago

Well we did make the son of a bootlegger president didn't we?

1 year 8 months ago

An interesting side note. 100 years ago the Government believed it needed to pass a constitutional amendment to prohibit adults from consuming things. Now they just allow the President to declare war on substances.

1 year 8 months ago

If morality is the underlining foundation upon what a free society is built on then if society sees spanking as a sign of bad morals, does this add or take away from the underlining foundation of a free society? Is there a difference between individual morals, family morals and those morals forced on people by government? Is tolerance a sing of good morals? Is respecting ever ones Constitutional right to life, liberty, property and the pursuit of Happiness a sign of good morals?

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1 year 8 months ago

Morality in society is different than individual morality. Society should only care about respect for the individual. It is when the value of the individual is diminished by society that that individuals lose respect for each other.

It follows that if society is the nothing more than a collection of individuals when society loses respect for the individual, individuals lose respect for on another.

1 year 8 months ago

hmmm, I would be willing to bet that today, very few in Congress could even pass a urinalysis test, for drugs that is.

1 year 8 months ago

WELL SAID!! Just say no, WELL SAID!!

1 year 8 months ago

JSN, well said.

1 year 8 months ago

My point John is that "we" can not attempt to say what is right and what is wrong; It has to come from a higher power. Once man removes God's authority from a free society, we are left with "gray" areas of interuptation. What is right for me may not be right for others; which leads to extremes..."save the wales but kill the babies". What a twisted mess we will make of ourselves.

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1 year 8 months ago

John: I enjoyed the history lesson a great deal. Of course, I wasn't taught this in school (the liberal hypocrites had control of education even then).

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1 year 8 months ago

Steven read through Romans chapter 1. Biblically speaking, y ou do not need to have faith in God to be moral.

1 year 8 months ago

JSN having read that why do Liberial tear down our standards of morality...our Christian Heritage? John 3:18-19 tells us that man like his sinful ways therefore does not want anyone to judge them. But this effort to live without rules will collapse a society. We easily can see where America started and compare it to where we are now.

1 year 8 months ago

Steven, That portion of scripture was directed at Jewish people who believed in God. They had faith in God, and despite that faith in God, they were still evil and unwilling to repent.

1 year 8 months ago (Edited)

God desires holiness not simply morality. Holiness deals with motives, and intention while morality only deal with actions. A non believer is fully capable of be morally pure. The example of the young rich ruler in Mark 10

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1 year 8 months ago

All laws are based on moral principles including everything written in our constitution. Freedom is a moral principle, slavery is immoral. Moral truths are self evident and revealed, they can be codified in written code (law) both divine and human.

1 year 8 months ago

Stephen you said "I read recently that our Founding Fathers requires a bible reference to any new law before it could be sumitted into congress. What do you think they would say about abortion now?"

Please show me where you read the Founding Fathers requires a bible reference to any new law before it could be submitted into congress?

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1 year 8 months ago

Braveheart, please show me one law or moral principle in our Constitution which limits a free persons?

Can you show me where the EPS, IRS, OSHA, Patriot Act, NDAA, Federal Reserve, etc. works on moral principles or has anything to do with Gods law or will?

1 year 8 months ago

When men write laws based on their own moral judgement those laws can be moral or immoral. When men write laws based on revealed divine morals or the self evident morals revealed in creation then those laws are inherently moral. society has a moral obligation to protect itself from immoral behavior such as an intoxicated persons driving down a public road.

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1 year 8 months ago

Braveheart, you seem to be entangling the Federal with the State. Do you want the federal to dictate the law of the land based on, say the east and west coast or do you want that to be for your state to decide, and I will add, or your community?

1 year 8 months ago (Edited)

Braveheart, I am not disagreeing that drinking and driving is a bad thing but by taking your wording, if I were a legislator, I could use your words against you very easily. You said "society has a moral obligation to protect itself from immoral behavior such as an intoxicated persons driving down a public road.

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1 year 8 months ago

Braveheart, sorry to say this but this sounded a lot like the collective thinking of the left progressives when you said "Also society has the right to protect itself from filth and debauchery which can like a cancer infect the health and well being of community standards which are beneficial to the health and well being of the community as a whole" However, again I say you seem to be entangling the Federal with the State.

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1 year 8 months ago (Edited)

I personally do not see in either nature, or divine revelation the authority for society to punish victimless crimes. If we go to the road of punishing pre-crimes anything government function or use of force can be justified. There is not longer a chain that binds the force of government

1 year 8 months ago

This is in part what I believe government should not own property.

1 year 8 months ago

Neither seem to be working exceptionally well since we already have excessive amounts of crime and violence and many other programs that lend themselves to graft and corruption. Freedom should be an incentive for people to become better in a positive way not more greedy, self indulgent or degenerate.

1 year 8 months ago
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