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We Irish have been led to bankruptcy by drunks, and we now face growing up or drowning in poverty.
The time has arrived for a referendum on banning alcohol.
Our nation is on its knees with the grim probability we might not escape social and financial insolvency and individual impoverishment for a couple of decades to come.
We face a bleak future and the only way out of this national bankruptcy is that we better sober up fast.
The majority of Irish people are facing a lifetime of poverty, a future blighted by personal decline and our community decimating into possible utter destruction.
The main cause of our national bankruptcy and loss of sovereignty has been our abuse of alcohol.
The previous two prime ministers were drinkers, and their drinking led us to a national disaster. Is there a jailing sentence for being drunk while being in charge of the nation?
Bertie Ahern may not have been as obvious a drinker as his Fianna Fail successor, Brian Cowen, but Ahern also faces allegations of being alcohol influenced while steering the Irish ship onto the rocks.
It was not unusual for him to drink five or six pints of Bass a night and the next day to head into government business in Dublin or represent us in Europe.
No human being can have a clear head after regularly imbibing five pints of larger – what is that, 10 times the alcohol use recommended by the world health organization.
Let us be honest: Alcohol is pure poison.
I take it myself, and I now know, no human being can operate to their true potential if they consume alcohol.
No only were Ahern and Cowen drinkers but they were surrounded by drinkers.
Politicians, civil servants, business people, developers and speculators that surrounded them were also infused in alcohol.
Deputy Prime Minister Mary Harney couldn’t see anything wrong in using a government helicopter to fly to open a rural off license.
Deputy Prime Minister Mary Coughlan was also a drinker, and a foul mouthed one at that.
Alcohol, as advocated by Ahern and Cowen, smothered the cognitive powers of the state.
It affected adversely, not only civil servants and politicians but also the police, army, co council planners, transport bureaucrats, judiciary, lawyers, health executives, and their wives at home drinking overflowing glasses of red wine.
Media is also guilty, accepting too much bubbly and cheap wines foisted on them to blur their reporting of products and people.
Many in the media deserve to be jailed for drinking too much… and that includes me.
There was a period when I did not drink nor smoke for nine years so as to grow my family and give my children a proper chance at life.
I discovered that I could not physically and psychology party and rear a family at the same time. One of them had to go.
And the absence of alcohol granted me sublime moments with my wife and children.
However I did return to alcohol in my mid forties and as a showbiz reporter I did drink a lot.
Ireland was awash in alcohol at the turn of this century. Not only were the pubs and clubs filled with people downing drink like there was no tomorrow but even in homes us Irish were drinking like we thought the world was going to run out of alcohol and we better get it into us quick.
This criminal neglect by irresponsible adults spawned a younger generations of spoiled drunks.
The Irish always had a drink problem, possibly from inferiority complexes due to the oppressive imperialistic powers of the British empire.
But all our woes from drink cannot be blamed solely on the English.
Maybe more of the malaise was caused by the mass sexual rape of generations of Irish children by uncontrollable pervert priests.
Many of Cowen and Ahern’s generation are survivors of systematic sexual abuse by the Catholic Church.
Many victims crawled into alcohol for protection only to find that that bottle was as perverted as the preying clergy.
Whatever the excuse, it is now time we stopped drinking.
We know that involuntary prohibition does not work. America is the number one example. Prohibition there in the 1920’s spawned organized crime which is still a parasite affecting almost every major business dealing in the US.
The only thing that will work is voluntary prohibition, from the bottom up, from it being a people’s decision.
We Irish need a year or two to dry out, then we will be able to make correct decisions unclouded by a domineering pollutant.
I propose we have a referendum with the simple question: to ban alcohol from Ireland for one year.
After that trial period there would be a second referendum: to continue the ban or not.
We Irish need a drying out time to clear our heads, to stop the hangover thoughts directing our decisions, to allow alcohol to clear out of our veins and give us time to pump back a purity into our individual systems and national governance.
Oh people will cry: what about all the jobs lost?
Those workers (from beer brewers to bar staff) must still be paid a good wage to carry out local community work, whatever.
Their wages will comes from the massive savings made from the cost reductions from reduced alcohol related car crashes, industrial accidents, domestic violence, murders, rapes, health destructions from alcohol misuse, and from the reduction in the thuggery and mass violence on our city and village streets after the pubs close.
Let’s be honest: alcohol costs us more from the wages of gardai to doctors and prisons services than we collect in tax on the demon drink.
And what about the owners, will we not have to pay huge compensation?
The Guinness family has made enough fortunes from plying drink on the Irish nation and if they moan that they cannot afford their estates, luxury properties in exotic places or yachts in the Med, then let them get a real job and work like the rest of humanity.
The same applies to shareholders in drink gangs, for that is what they are, gangs ganging up on society.
They have already made enough ill gotten gains from our alcohol pains.
But how about all the poor publicans?
It is time they too grow up, become responsible adults and stop living off the proceeds of poisoning a nation.
Publicans must now go and get a proper job and live from a right living instead of killing us.
And haven’t they and their ancestors before them stashed away enough loot from this spurious toxification?
Surely they are able to afford to take a year off from pushing piss?
Have they not the grace to give the Irish a chance at pure decision making without being drowned in destructive drink hallucinations.
But our tourism industry will collapse because foreigners want to come here and drink and listen to the music and have the craic?
Tom Ryan has been playing some of the best music in county Clare and I don’t think he has had a drink for three decades now.
Many a traditional musician I have heard and so loved their sounds, have only drank tea between reeling and jigging us.
We can have fun, music and craic without alcohol.
And an extra blessing is that in the morning we will have the added pleasures of remembering the previous night’s fun without a pain in our heads.
It is time we Irish grow up … or we will become even poorer, more penniless, more pained in health and spirit, and remain the laughing stock of foreign jokes.
It is time to grow up … and the first step on that path to fitting adulthood is a referendum on whether or not to ban alcohol for a one-year trial.
Sawbones and scientists have discovered that cannabis does not directly kill.
Weed advocates claim it is a life-saving drug and praise the herb’s medicinal abilities in preventing many ailments from Alzheimer’s disease to cancer.
Politicians allege grass leads to schizophrenia and some smokers suffer psychotic-like encounters.
However, most informed people recognise that cannabis is benign enough.
And the citizens of Colorado and Washington, who have just voted for legalisation, seem to be the most sensible citizens on earth.
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