Miami's Karen mayor has made a stand. Let’s break it down.
Miami city officials announced an alcohol sales ban at the end of last week which began at 6:00 pm starting March 24 to 26, after rambunctious spring breakers caused civil unrest. It seems the tipping point was the injury of two officers trying to keep the peace.
Business owners were, understandably, upset that this would impact sales. In a time when economic strife is raging through the country, a move to further cripple establishments’ economic growth seems, at the very least, tone-deaf.
I’m sure a surge in sales occurred before the curfew so that may help businesses, but If the last two years has shown anything, it’s that government overreach under the assumed desire of public safety and health will fall flat.
What city officials fail to grasp is that they are not preventing crime in the evening, but simply moving the time during which drunken lawbreaking will happen. Remember a few years ago when teachers began a major outcry against the use of red pens? They surmised that children’s mental health was negatively impacted when a paper was covered in red ink. They said a mellow color like purple could be more sensitive.
Yet, what many teachers failed to realize is that today’s Barney ink is tomorrow’s red pen. Once children pick up that the purple ink means they have failed or done bad on an assignment, we’ll need to change the colors again.
Sinful human nature will find a way to exploit whatever rules are in place to ensure their desires are fulfilled. Moving alcohol sales does not change the nature of man nor does it make them more willing to give up vices which help them numb the pain they feel through noetic effects of the fall.
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