Washington Journal: Changing Drinking Age to 18 September 8, 2008
"I know it drives you nuts. But I’m not going to lower the drinking age," say’s Democrat Barack Obama after promising the vets from Iraq and Afghanistan. Army veteran Ernest Johnson, 23, of Connecticut, said one of the things that peeved him before he turned 21 was that he couldn’t come home and drink a beer - even though he was old enough to serve in the armed services and die for his country. Obama told Johnson he sympathized, but that setting the legal drinking age at 21 had helped reduce drunken driving incidents and should remain.
~This is a valid point. Drunk driving accidents are way too high even after the drinking age was raised. I feel that the drinking age should be lowered back to age 18, but i also believe that we should be more strict with drunk driving. For examle if your getting drunk at a bar you should be required to hand your keys over to the bartender unless the bartender aproves of a sober person/friend to drive you home.
If the United States is to be the country our forefathers intended, it is essential that our nation’s young people be given equal opportunity, respect and rights under law. Without that, many of them will be unable to reach their untold potential. Unfortunately, decision makers place more emphasis on “feel-good” solutions to youth problems. Yea, feel-good for the big politicians, no-good for the youth of the country. Step up to fight for the rights that you believe should be yours.
The 801 men and women under the age of 21 who have died overseas since 2003. The drinking age itself is most certainly NOT a life and death issue, but it does say a lot that those 800+ people were responsible and mature enough to die for this country, but are considered “irresponsible children” when it comes to drinking a beer in this country. I’d burn a flag to protest that, hell yeah. Wouldn’t you?
If the drinking age is ever going to be lowered, it will only happen if it becomes a constant, heated political issue. And right now it isn’t. You rarely ever hear about public demonstrations demanding the drinking age be lowered. If any of you ever do take part in a public protest of the drinking age, it would be a great idea to torch the flag that you’re old enough to die for but not old enough to drink a beer under. It would definatley get people’s attention, but I do not recomend it because it is illegal in most states of the U.S.
Though the number of protesters was smaller than expected, about 20 Kansas University students marched through campus Saturday to challenge the state’s legal drinking age.
The march organizer, Jared Loehr, said he wasn’t disappointed.
"I would have been pleased if it was just me and a sign," the 19-year-old sophomore from Overland Park said.
Loehr and his fellow marchers spent the week preparing signs with slogans such as “Let Adults Drink as Adults,” “I Need Beer,” and “If I Can Fight for My Land, Why Can’t I Have A Drink In My Hand.”
The legal age for drinking alcoholic beverages in Kansas is 21. Loehr and his supporters want to see the age rolled back to 18. ~Mike Belt
The students of Kansas University are smart in execising their right to free speech. Loehr had been planning to protest the drinking age but hadn’t done anything about it til last spring when he and his fellow classmates brought their signs and slogans though the campus. If I had been there when they decided to protest I would have gone with them the whole way and perhaps even taken it a step further and have gone to the city capital to make my point, but that’s just me.
What do you think?
Currenly the age to sign up to be drafted off to war is 18 and the drinking age is 21. Does it make much sense that at a younger age you are allowed to wield a weapon and fight for your country but at the same time the country you are fighting for says you are not allowed to drink for 3 more years? In my eyes going off and fighting in a war will do you more harm then a few beers would. Yes there is a possibility of drinking a little too much but would you rather your teenage son be throwing up drunk or shot in Iraq.