So. Seven states, most of which are located in the Midwest but also Vermont, are thinking about lowering the drinking age down to 18. Three of these states say they'd only lower it for military personnel, claiming that the responsibility shown in enlisting represents a suitable maturity level for legally downing shots of the cheapest liquor a teenager could afford. The federal government is threatening to cut these states' federal highway funding by ten percent if the age is indeed lowered.
Obviously, I'm a biased source, but fuck yes! It's about time we started discussing the drinking age in this country. It's ridiculous that I am trusted to vote, but not to have a couple beers with friends after class (or, you know, before class. Shit happens.)
Also, hey, Republicans in the federal government--isn't your whole thing states' rights and a minimal federal influence on citizens' lives? Wouldn't you be happy to pass a bill that would allow for the states to decide this, so you don't have to, which is kind of what your party is all about?
According to Judaism, when you turn thirteen you become a (wo)man. So maybe that should be the legal drinking age. After all, you get to drink wine in temple.