Saturday, March 07, 2009

drinking age

Something i found on Digg.

15 reasons the drinking age should be lowered to 18.

I agree with this. My only complaint on the list is that it's pretty much a padded list. (it reminds me of the George Carlin bit about how the ten commandments are a padded list) It really didn't need to be artificially inflated to 15. 2 good points will do.

1 - at 18 you can vote, join the military, rent an apartment, get married, and be tried as an adult. How exactly is buying alcohol something that requires 3 more years than any of these things?

2 - College alcohol deaths are pretty much directly the result of alcohol being labeled a "forbidden fruit". It's the reason for binge drinking.

I'm going to tell you all, the likelihood of the drinking age lowering is about as likely as Bush winning a Nobel Peace Prize. the horrifying truth is, there's a new attempt at prohibition going on in this country. See, the only thing is that this time they aren't going to be so direct about it. The first salvo was the banning of smoking in Bars. It's simple really, eliminate the ability of people to go to places that serve alcohol, less alcohol being consumed. The next step is going to be taxing the fuck out of it. Thanks to the weak economy, i'm guessing we're mere months until some asshole from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving. An organization that started out with some good intentions but quickly devolved into a rabid dog intent on destroying drinking altogether.) telling Congress "we need to tighten our belts and I think that a heavy tax increase on alcohol will force people to get their priorities straight and not waste money on booze." Well let me just say FUCK MADD. If you're someone who lost a loved one to drunk driving and think I'm being unfair or insensitive.... tough shit. Blaming and punishing those of us who act responsibility for the thoughtless actions of others will earn you no sympathy here. I don't care how hurt you are. If that makes me an asshole, well it wouldn't be the first time.

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