It never ceases to amaze the American public's desire to make any excuse to drink booze. I'm not sure when we did it, but we've successfully co-opted a Mexican holiday, making it our own in the name of Margarita drink specials. In fact, Cinco de Mayo is a much less significant date in Mexico, being celebrated with zeal in just one state south of the border. Beyond that, the day is little more than a date on the calendar there, a dog-ear in the history books. Certainly, they recognize it, but Mexicans aren't all atwitter the way that we are. And "we" hardly know what the hell the date signifies anyway.
We have a drinking problem. That's no secret. And we fully endorse weekday benders--in bars, on television, in newspaper headlines, everywhere--without seeing the irony. The ongoing drug apocolypse in Mexico is fueled, in large part, by Americans' other healthy appetite, that for drugs. And a largest portion still of that drug economy is the supply-and-demand of the good herb. Yet we admonish those who buy and sell drugs, deplore the degeneracy down south, and many legalization naysayers panic at the notion that pot could be a legal, regulated and taxable commodity. Still, those same anti-rationality rubes are more than willing to order a rocks-salt with little guilt.
That is, they unconsciously endorse something that is little more than a drinking holiday, a day that, until we make significant strides in immigration and its legalization, means pretty much nothing to Americans. They're endorsing alcoholism. They're certainly are endorsing a lethal enterprise with origins in Mexico, and it ain't drugs.
Let's face, it makes far more sense for pot to be legal than alcohol, from nearly every logical standpoint. But with the ubiquitous binge-drinking, coupled with a paranoid affliction to pot progress, the American bureaucracy is doing well in one area: murder. And all in the name of money. Changes to both behaviors would save a lot a folks. Seriously.
Step 65: Legalize pot. I said it. Astonishingly, this is far more popular a belief than many believe. The under-35 set, no matter the party lines, broadly agrees its silly not to legalize. We're not all stoners, we're just reasonable people. I'd go so far as to say make alcohol illegal, but prohibition clearly doesn't work, and I like whiskey. But advancing from a culture of booze would be a good thing. Unfortunately, altering the paradigm of an industry worth billions seems like a bad idea to them. Again, I see irony.