Texas Folks Were MAD About Not Being Able To Drink & Drive Anymore In The ’80s: “Pretty Soon We’re Gonna Be A Communist Country”

Dallas Texas

“We used to be a country. A proper country.”

I’ve been surfing TikTok here lately, and have seen a ton of these videos surface with a background voice saying:

“You got smooth hands. You ain’t worked a day in yer life. I work 12 hours a day.”

That pretty much sums up every middle-aged and older conversation in my part of the world in South Carolina, as there really isn’t much to talk about besides how the boss man is “workin’ the everlivin’ hell outta me.”

And sure enough, as I was watching those videos, this gem of an interview popped up.

Now, it’s uncertain when this interview was conducted, but I believed it’s from a local news report in Dallas, Texas, back in 1987 when a ban against open containers in vehicles was passed in May of that year.

Considering drunk driving had already been outlawed for years by now at this point, I believe it has to do with some kind of new open container law that was being enforced.

The first guy kills me when he says:

“It’s kinda gettin’ common when a feller can’t put in a hard day’s work, put in 11-12 hours a day, and then get in your truck and at least drink one or two beers.”

Hey, man… I get it. I love to have a couple beers as my desk after a hard day’s work of sitting on my ass and typing blogs like this. You’re preaching to the choir, amigo.

But the best part is the woman who was interviewed next, as she says:

“There makin’ laws where you can’t drink when you want to, you have to wear a seatbelt when you’re driving. Pretty soon we’re gonna be a communist country.”

I mean this is GOLD.

The fact that she says “we’re gonna be a communist country” for not being able to drink and drive, along with wearing a seat belt is absolutely incredible. I mean, it’s not like putting laws on those things will… you know… save lives.

Man, I was born in the late ’90s so much of this is lost on me, but the ’80s must’ve been some wild times.

Check it out:

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock