Taverns (bars) have always played a critical role in our history and in the very birth of our nation. In fact, Daniel Webster called American taverns "The headquarters of the Revolution." Sam Adams plotted the Tea Party at Boston's Green Dragon Tavern. Thomas Jefferson drafted parts of the Declaration of Independence at the Indian Queen Tavern in Philadelphia. George Washington used the DeWint house in New York as his headquarters. Nearby Mabie's Tavern was used as a prison where British spy John Andre was held before he was hanged.
These institutions which played such a pivotal role in the birth of our nation and to the ideas of freedom and liberty are now being subjected to restrictive smoking laws which threaten their very existance. Most restaurants and work places are already non-smoking. It is obvious that this legislation will affect mainly taverns and bars.
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Oregon state lawmakers are pushing a 1900 percent increase in the beer tax (a staple of bars and taverns). Why are these institutions which gave rise to America and to the ideas of freedom and liberty being targeted?
Maybe it is the freedom, liberty and exchange of ideas which these establishments gave rise to which is under assault. I don't know of anyone who will go to a tavern for a beer and then walk 10 feet into the parking lot in the freezing cold or blistering heat to smoke.
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