Driving through the countryside this week, I found that nothing has changed since the days of my youth. The repercussions of our government’s commitment to legislating youth into dangerous choices rather than safety and responsibility are still upon us.
One Saturday morning when I was in high school, I rode with my mom to the grocery store. Along the way, she noticed the trail of empty beer cans along the street. “Oh,” she said, in a scornful tone, “looks like there was a big party last night.”
“No,” said I. “That means there wasn’t a party last night. If there’s no place to hang out, everyone just drives around town.”
I’ve chosen but three photos to share from my recent ramblings across the countryside:
I couldn’t help but notice that none of the beers I found along the road were craft beers.
In his book, The Late Mr. Shakespeare, Robert Nye wrote: “Truth is a whore, who requires some compensation for being summoned.” Why does our government knowingly choose to pay with lives?
An alternative to this disastrous policy might be found at Choose Responsibility. Focusing on balance, maturity and common sense, this organization advocates for a change in the drinking age from 21 to 18. From their website:
CHOOSE RESPONSIBILITY is a nonprofit organization founded to stimulate informed and dispassionate public discussion about the presence of alcohol in American culture and to consider policies that will effectively empower young adults age 18 to 20 to make mature decisions about the place of alcohol in their own lives.
Alcohol is a reality in the lives of young Americans. It cannot be denied, ignored, or legislated away.
A look at the fear-mongering view on the topic can be found here.