Sunday, May 8, 2016
Befuddled Men Learn a Lesson in Blue Laws
It's 10:25 Sunday morning and while I was at the bar watching some talking heads and waiting for noon, a couple of men pulled in the lot. I knew the drill coming up. As adults they wanted an adult beverage, but I had to explain to them that no, they can't, as it's Sunday and no alcohol till noon unless you buy it up the street at the convenience store. I did my duty and protected a moral society from the blight of two men having a beer on a Sunday morning.
It seems silly, but seemingly illogical rules are an important method of social control. Arbitrary rules don't have to be debated or understood. They just are.
Like NY law that says a female can wed at 14 but a male has to wait to 16. Or that driving is OK at 16, sex at 17 and cigarettes at 18.
There are all sorts of contradictions and anomalies in law drafted over generations in response to motivations, emotions and dogma long expired.
Repeal comes in stages, and blues laws have been on the wane for years. Although the other day someone said to me everything should be closed on Sundays, even restaurants.
I responded that did he think you shouldn't be able to take Mom out to dinner on Mother's Day ?
He said he didn't have an answer for that.