I’m really not sure how to start this post. I’m pretty agitated so I’m trying to *breath* and stay calm so I don’t sound like a shrew.
Last night the news started with this: Another Push To Lower Minnesota’s Drinking Age. I’m thinking, well, I don’t “really” have a problem with this issue. I’ve stated in other posts as well as left comments on others blogs, that I never “hid” or “shielded” alcohol from my boys. When they were teens, if we were at home on a special occasion or at our cabin around a bon fire, if they wanted a beer, they could have one. I was there and they weren’t going anywhere and I just felt, what the heck? Being that it wasn’t “taboo” they really never once abused it. They would have a couple and that was it. No big deal.
I feel this way. If an 18 year old can vote, get married, become a parent or go to war, they should be able to have a drink or a beer. I also feel some 18 year olds are very immature and won’t be able to handle it but I know MANY 30-40- and 50 year olds who shouldn’t drink. Some people just shouldn’t drink no matter how old they are. This is just the way I feel and you may feel differently and that’s fine, we are all different.
But the longer this news story went on, the more *agitated* I became. The reasoning behind this is the poor economy. The smoking ban and the “economic crisis” have really hurt the restaurant and bar scene and some people think if we lift the ban on alcohol in those places, it will bring in more “people.” Okay, fine.
Wanna hear the kicker here??? It’s only in bars and restaurants! It will still be illegal for them to purchase alcohol in liquor stores. What??? So, now let me get this straight. They want the “kid’s” money to help our failing economy and they can drink “out” in public and then have to drive home? They can’t go buy a six pack and TAKE IT HOME TO DRINK but they can get drunk in a bar and then drive home. So a bunch of “adults” have ruined our economy and now they want to take kids money so they can get drunk out in public and maybe have to drive home???!!! To “help” our economy?? Also stated was 16 and 17 year olds can drink if their parents were “around!” Alrightythen!!
I don’t necessarily oppose having the drinking age lowered. It’s the reasoning behind it that’s killing me. It just somehow sounds so wrong.
What the heck is up with this kind of thinking??? If you can enlighten me, please do.