Awards, known as the Sammies, are given annually by the Sam Adams Alliance to recognize the efforts of citizen activists fighting governmental lunacies.
This year’s winners for best video, Caleb Brown and Austin Bragg, produced a film on the anti-competitive liquor laws of Virginia.
In the interests of full disclosure, I should report that I received a Sammy this year too — partly for fighting the Oklahoma Attorney General’s attempt to jail me for supporting Oklahoma democracy. Long story made short, we won that battle.
The award also recognized my decades-long work for term limits and citizen initiative rights.
Caleb and Austin’s video is entitled “The ABCs of Virginia Alcohol Law.” “ABC” is a pun on the name of the agency spewing the nonsensical edicts, the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. The brief video gives you a good glimpse of the silliness, which includes violation of free speech rights.
Did you know that it is legal for a Virginia bar to sell you a beer, or a shot of liquor, or a beer and a shot of liquor, but not a shot of liquor in a glass of beer?
Or that America’s Founding Fathers would be thrown in jail under the liquor laws of today’s Virginia?
Watch the video. It’s slick, it’s funny. And it should make you mad.
For more on all of this year’s Sammy winners, visit samadamsalliance.org.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.