Thursday, April 03, 2008
The Drinking Age
Watching Fox News tonight, I found it interesting that the subject of the drinking age has come up again.
Apparently, several states are debating whether to lower their respective legal drinking ages to 18 again. If you remember, the federal government dangled the threat of losing highway money to states if they didn't increase the age to 21. That threat by the feds gets used quite often, a clear violation of constitutional states' rights if I ever saw one.
Now, before you chide me, let me state something clearly. My views on this have nothing to do with the actual issue of consuming liquor. You will find true, saved Christians who have differing views on alcohol. Some are teetotalers, some are not. Both have convincing arguments. My purpose here is not to take a position on whether Christians are allowed to consume alcohol. My issue -- in this instance -- is secular civil society. Issues of conviction and conscience are a different matter altogether.
If an 18-year-old is a legal adult, then an 18-year-old needs to have all the legal rights and responsibilities of adulthood. Can they sign papers? Can they enter into legal contracts? Most importantly, can they join the military, fight and DIE -- YES, READ THAT AGAIN . . . DIE -- for their country? Can they gain military rank and command men to go and die?
If they're old enough to die, they're old enough to have a legal beer. If they're not old enough to have a legal beer, then let's restrict the age of entrance into the military to 21.
Society really needs to come to grips with who is an adult and who isn't. This kind of silliness really gets me steamed.