A new sponsor joins the Dakota Free Press roster this morning. Despite my teetotaling tendencies, the Sioux Falls chapter of Drinking Liberally invites you to join them every Friday at 4 p.m. at The 18th Amendment. The Sioux Falls chapter is part of a friendly, twelve-year-old national movement to offer liberal thinkers a chance to unwind at the end of the workweek with like-minded neighbors who don’t mind talking politics over their pilsners and porters.
Drinking Liberally also makes an interesting note about the fundamental democracy of bars:
Bars are democratic spaces — you talk to strangers, you share booths, you feel the bond of common ground. Bring democratic discourse to your local democratic space — build democracy one drink at a time [“What Is Drinking Liberally?” DrinkingLiberally.org, downloaded 2015.07.20].
We liberals do love democracy, which maximizes liberty for everybody. But liberals know that liberty assumes responsibility:
While drinking liberally, always remember to drink responsibly, and make liberal use of designated drivers. Drinking and driving is reckless and irresponsible, like a neocon war or corporatist tax cut. Liberals, don’t do it [“What Is Drinking Liberally?“].
Hosts Sheldon Osborn, Mel Thaler, Wyatt Bordewyk, and Greg Kniffen offer weekly blog posts to stir the conversation. Last week’s swizzle stick mentioned the Iran nuclear deal, Paula Hawks’s potential challenge to Kristi Noem (I get the impression the Drinking Liberally hosts don’t trust Hawks), and the state Democratic Party’s Saturday meetings on the Rosebud Reservation. Join them Fridays to learn more!