I always try to pay attention to the neo-prohibitionists.
I need to try harder.
Illinois just passed a new law aimed at alcoholic energy drinks like Sparks and Tilt.
I wrote about some of this on Sunday and again yesterday.
In reading SB2472, I discovered that it basically amends an existing law aimed at what they call "alcopops." Among other things, I am outraged that such a prejudicial colloquial term would find its way into a statute. The industry does not use that term because it does conflate the ideas of "alcoholic beverage" and "soda pop" in a potentially confusing way, and may even make those products more appealing to under-age youth. In other words, by popularizing the term "alcopop," the neo-prohibitionists are doing exactly what they falsely accuse the beverage alcohol industry of doing.
That alone should get your dander up.
I'm not going to go into a lot more about it here. Scroll down to read the older posts. It's also easy enough to research it on your own.
My point here is to urge everyone to add neo-prohibitionist legislation to the list of political things you pay attention to, and react accordingly. I don't expect to ever taste Sparks or Tilt, and I might even argue they're a bad idea, but this affects all of us who enjoy the responsible use of beverage alcohol products.
For a peak into the neo-prohibitionist world, check out GetSerious.Org.