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The Nonsense GOP Culture War Battles Would be Infuriating If They Weren't So Cringe

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 31, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | August 31, 2023 |


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The irony of many culture war debates is that they often gain traction only because of cable news. For instance, Republicans are currently fixated on ceiling fans.

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What’s the policy in question? The Department of Energy proposes making ceiling fans more energy-efficient, which could reduce household energy costs by 40%. Yet, Fox News viewers are convinced that Biden plans to confiscate not only their ceiling fans but also their lightbulbs and gas stoves.

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This latest distraction comes amid four indictments against the leader of their party. The focus has shifted to President Biden’s supposed call to limit beer consumption to two per week, as Ted Cruz suggests in one of his more embarrassingly cringe attempts to relate with “real” Texans, which is saying something considering the man’s history.

Wait? The Biden Administration has an “alcohol czar” who plans to limit American alcohol consumption to two beers a week by law? No, of course not. No one is coming for our beers, Bud Light, Shiner Bock, or otherwise.

All of this insane hoopla being pushed by the real culture warriors is over a comment made by the Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to The Daily Mail. Currently, the United States guidelines recommend no more than one beer a day (which, again, no one actually abides by). Canada recommends two beers a week because the “health benefits” that studies have long attributed to alcohol can more likely be attributed to what people eat instead of the alcohol they drink. So, the Daily Mail asked the director of the NIAAAA if he would change the guidelines.

“I mean, they’re not going to go up, I’m pretty sure,” he said. “If [alcohol consumption guidelines] go in any direction, it would be toward Canada.”

That’s it. That’s what this entire fuss is about. A guy who doesn’t want people to become alcoholics told The Daily Mail that he might consider one day changing America’s guidelines from a beer a day toward two beers a week, maybe, which obviously, we are all free to ignore, just like we ignore every other eating, exercise, and health guideline advised by the government.

tl;dr: A health expert expressed a personal opinion about potentially changing America’s guidelines from a beer a day to fewer beers a week — a suggestion we’re all free to ignore, just like any other government health guideline.