It was a heated debate. I am guilty of getting wrapped up in the drama. I admit it. Initiative 1100 pushed me to the limits of reason. I became one of those shouting, super-zealots that I hate. There is room for disagreement. We can discuss our differences without anger, rage and fear. Yep, Initiative 1100 kind of made me forget that. It turned me into one of them.
Now it is all over. Or is it? My stance has always been that the state should not be in the liquor business. The first time I remember debating the issue I was still in college and George Michael was still in Wham! Make no mistake; I am in favor of privatizing liquor sales. It’s just that I was not in favor of doing it in the manner prescribed by either 1100 or 1105.
I want change but, like most of you, I am guilty of not putting enough pressure on Olympia. That stops now. I want things to change in a manner that is most beneficial to the local brewing industry that I love and the good people of Washington as a whole. I’ve learned my lesson and I will be heard.
I don’t want to ramble and start arguments. There’s been enough of that. I just want to say that the Washington Beer Blog hereby pledges to do what we can to push the state legislature towards privatizing the liquor industry in a reasonable and responsible manner. Furthermore, we will work with the Washington Brewers Guild and anyone else that wants to see our antiquated liquor laws modernized in a safe, responsible and beneficial way.
I’m not sure how much the Washington Beer Blog can affect anything. I’m not a fool. I am just one man and this is just one blog.
I don’t care what some people say. This government is mine and it is not for sale. I do not have millions of dollars to craft an initiative. I do not have fat cat lobbyists knocking on doors in Olympia. When I call my congressman, they send me to voicemail. I am just one man and this is just one blog.
But I will be heard.