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New Sponsor: Drinking Liberally Invites Political Discussion Every Friday at 18th Amendment

SFDrinkLib1A 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?”, 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!


  1. happy camper 2015-07-20 08:31

    Drinking and politics sounds like a dangerous mix.

  2. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-07-20 08:35

    I’ve received not reports of fights breaking out yet, Hap! But let’s see what happens if Bob Newland walks in with his petition to make transferring alcohol illegal.

  3. Bob Newland 2015-07-20 08:46

    I’m sticking to circulating at Mormon churches and Kingdom Halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

  4. Bill Dithmero 2015-07-20 09:15

    Bob the Jehovah’s Witnesses are to booze, as the Amish are to electricity. They will use it if they dont have to but it directly.

    The Blindman

  5. Porter Lansing 2015-07-20 12:57

    Drinking Liberally is a good time on Friday nights. It’s been meeting in CO for years without the type of barroom bigotry common to Conservatives.

  6. Porter Lansing 2015-07-20 13:26

    @Mr. Newland I didn’t know about your petition. We do have three mutual friends on Facebook that I hold in very high regard. I take it you’re behind issues to regulate marijuana like alcohol. Good luck with the movement. Let me know if I can help, sir. – Porter in Littleton, CO

  7. Jeff Barth 2015-07-20 14:51

    I always have a good time at this event. Fridays can be busy though.

  8. Bob Newland 2015-07-20 23:52

    Porter, I want the state to stop punishing people for attempting to feel better.

  9. leslie 2015-07-21 10:08

    while a non-drinker (get it: al-ANON?), rapid city needs a weekly night to talk dem politics in a highly visible public place, and if it is a watering hole like the ALEHOUSE downtown on St. Joe, so be it, imo.

    west river, stand up and make some noise in every community!

  10. CLCJM 2015-07-21 19:41

    have been to a couple of these when it was at Wiley’s and it was good. We even got off politics and talked about other things and got o know people which is essential in a democracy! In fact that’s part of the problem, we segregate into different slinter groups and don’t communicate and work together to solve common problems! Check out Drinking Liberally, you might enjoy it and find out we’re all people who have the same the similar needs and dreams!

  11. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-07-21 20:05

    Leslie, call up my friends Joe Lowe and Kevin Weiland, invite them out for a beer, and watch the event grow from there!

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