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Historically, water wasn't much good drinking. Early humans had no way to detect if it was contaminated, and took no shortage of actions to contaminate easily accessible water sources. Fermentation of liquids allowed them to be stored and thereby made wine the beverage of choice. Especially in the frat-party days of Ancient Rome, the birthplace of democracy.

By the dawn of America over a thousand years later, little had changed. Water sources near town were still full of poo and lye. Disease was still rampant. And fermentation still got the job done. Only difference was now, it was tradition.

That's why in the early days of the American experiment, there was little to no separation between alcoholism and public affairs. The courthouse, government offices and the tavern were generally the same building. When meeting would or trials would adjourn, those involved would retire to the tavern to deliberate over corn liquor and sour mash. Liquor was even used as money.

America's love affair with hooch was chronicled in W.J. Rorabaugh's book, The Alcoholic Republic; An American Tradition.

But in the last century, we've moved away from the boozy vision of America's glory and towards a dystopian nightmare where we invade first and drink later. But not with our opposition. That's not America. And that's certainly not democracy.

So today, why not embrace history and get back to what democracy is really about; hashing out issues over drinks.

Once a month, The United Vision for Idaho, puts on The Liquid Forum, a chance to do just that: Get hammered and try to figure out how to save the world.

Tonight's discussion will focus on the cuts to public education and how they impact Idaho children. The discussion will be followed by music from Dan Costello and Leta Neustaedter.

The event gets going at Liquid in Bodo at 5 p.m. and is free, free, FREE. Which is good, since it leaves you more cash for boozin'.