1) My first foray into politics came in the summer of 1979 when I was 18. I wrote a letter to my state representative in NJ asking that the drinking age not be raised from 18 to 21.
2) A 19-year-old can help evacuate an embassy as a member of a Navy SEAL platoon, but cannot drink a beer legally.
3) When Jesus turned water into wine – John 2:9-11 – it is quite possible that He also served it to people under 21.
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act, passed by Congress 30 years ago this July, is a gross violation of civil liberties and must be repealed. It is absurd and unjust that young Americans can vote, marry, enter contracts and serve in the military at 18 but cannot buy an alcoholic drink in a bar or restaurant. The age-21 rule sets the U.S. apart from all advanced Western nations and lumps it with small or repressive countries like Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
Congress was stampeded into this puritanical law by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, who with all good intentions were wrongly intruding into an area of personal choice exactly as did the hymn-singing 19th century temperance crusaders, typified by Carrie Nation smashing beer barrels with her hatchet. Temperance fanaticism eventually triumphed and gave us 14 years of Prohibition. That in turn spawned the crime…
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