Should the legal drinking age be lowe...

Should the legal drinking age be lowered to 18?

Created by flbadcatowner on May 10, 2013

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Krypteia

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#21 May 10, 2013
GMGMIKE wrote:
<quoted text>... "when the cartaridges ran out,
you could hear the front ranks shout .
Hi ! ammunition mules 'n gunga din"
lol,Your an Englishman at heart there Mike..lol.,,He was the soldiers poet in Victorian times and more so now me thinks..
Actually his house is only about an hour car ride away..

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#22 May 10, 2013
Hippichick wrote:
I'm going to have to agree with Flbadcatowner (gasp!) and Dave. If you're old enough to serve your country, vote and be considered an adult in the legal system, you should at least be able to consume beer. Maybe if it was just on military bases or something. I don't know.
And, BTW, OK is one of only a few states that still have 3.2 beer. When I was 18, beer was legal for me to buy and drink in OK. The law didn't change until I was already 21. It was the same in TX, but they had the good beer and you could buy alcohol too.
It's a double edged sword, in my opinion, hence, the "other" option.
When I was 18 the drinking age in Louisianna was still 18 we would drive across the border into Lake Charles or go to New Orleans...lot of memories of New Orleans in my late teens early 20s

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#23 May 10, 2013
I live in Canada, and the legal drinking age is 18 in most provinces.

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#24 May 10, 2013
flbadcatowner wrote:
<quoted text>It was tried in a number of states and giving 18 year olds the right to drink resulted in a substantial increase of accidents among under 21 drivers which is why most, if not all states raised the legal drinking age back to 21. Yes, I do agree that drivers of any age who are drunk are a danger. The difference is that teenage drivers high on alcohol are apt to lose their inhibitions more easily than adults and start taking reckless chances they would never take if sober which makes the average teenage drunken driver all the more dangerous. I will have to guess that you are under 21.
I'm pretty sure it was good ol' Ronny Reagan that forced the states to ALL go to 21 or lose Federal highway funds. We all know how much he hated BIG GOVERNMENT pushing people around... I agree with you that, if you can vote and serve your country at 18, you ought to be able to legally purchase alcohol. Teaching kids to drink responsibly and not make it so forbidden would help a lot.

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#25 May 10, 2013
Don't think it matters much either way. As with any drug, anyone who really wants it will find a way to get it one way of another.
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#26 May 11, 2013
Why lower it there are more than enough 18 year olds drinking already. NO one follows the drinking age unless you get caught. Than every one wants to cry and yell about it. On any given week end night you can find teens drinking and doing it in the open.
If they want it they can find it and no matter how hard you try to fix it some one will always try to make excuses about it.

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#27 May 11, 2013
Ferrerman wrote:
<quoted text>I'm pretty sure it was good ol' Ronny Reagan that forced the states to ALL go to 21 or lose Federal highway funds. We all know how much he hated BIG GOVERNMENT pushing people around... I agree with you that, if you can vote and serve your country at 18, you ought to be able to legally purchase alcohol. Teaching kids to drink responsibly and not make it so forbidden would help a lot.
I must respectfully disagree with you here. The evidence showed that allowing 18 year olds to drink was leading to more accidents among young drivers. I won't question your take on Reagan's double standards, though.

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#28 May 11, 2013
dragoon70056 wrote:
Don't think it matters much either way. As with any drug, anyone who really wants it will find a way to get it one way of another.
Making it legal will make it much easier to obtain. With the penalties in place for supplying minors with liquor, there are not too many adults willing to supply teens with alcohol. There are also severe penalties for an underage drinker found with any alcohol in one's system while driving.

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#29 May 11, 2013
flbadcatowner wrote:
<quoted text>I must respectfully disagree with you here. The evidence showed that allowing 18 year olds to drink was leading to more accidents among young drivers. I won't question your take on Reagan's double standards, though.
As I said, I was unclear of the reason WHY Reagan got so heavy-handed with the states and threatened to with-hold Federal Highway funds if they didn't comply. It might well have been a spike in the youthful carnage on the roads, was his impetus. I just think there was more to it than that. I remember Louisiana wanted to hold out, largely because that 18-20 group did a TON of drinking in New Orleans but, they needed those Fed dollars more, elsewhere in the state.

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#30 May 11, 2013
I don't think so.

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#31 May 11, 2013
Ferrerman wrote:
<quoted text>As I said, I was unclear of the reason WHY Reagan got so heavy-handed with the states and threatened to with-hold Federal Highway funds if they didn't comply. It might well have been a spike in the youthful carnage on the roads, was his impetus. I just think there was more to it than that. I remember Louisiana wanted to hold out, largely because that 18-20 group did a TON of drinking in New Orleans but, they needed those Fed dollars more, elsewhere in the state.
Reagan promised to get governments off the people's backs in his debate with Jimmy Carter in 1980, but it appears that the promise was very conditional. Reagan was known not to practice what he preached.
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#32 May 11, 2013
flbadcatowner wrote:
<quoted text>Reagan promised to get governments off the people's backs in his debate with Jimmy Carter in 1980, but it appears that the promise was very conditional. Reagan was known not to practice what he preached.
So where's the "Hope & Change" we were promised 5 years ago? Now we have the IRS going after political opponents to Obama and more stonewalling about what happened in Benghazi, even though the state "media" has finally picked up on it. Just waiting for the spin. At least Reagan wasn't a goddamCOMMUNIST...

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#33 May 11, 2013
I was part of the era that allowed drinking at 18. As a member of the military then, it made perfect sense. If an 18 year old can go to war and die, marry, buy a house, drive any vehicle they are licensed for, be elected to office and be tried in court as an adult, then they should be allowed to legally drink. We may see a rise in accidents from excessive drinking, but the percentage of those who drink without getting into an accident would be much larger, just as the number of drinkers over 21 that do so responsibly far outweighs those who drink irresponsibly.

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#34 May 11, 2013
Yeah OK wrote:
<quoted text>So where's the "Hope & Change" we were promised 5 years ago? Now we have the IRS going after political opponents to Obama and more stonewalling about what happened in Benghazi, even though the state "media" has finally picked up on it. Just waiting for the spin. At least Reagan wasn't a goddamCOMMUNIST...
I will suggest this little bit of wisdom I have learned after living through the administrations of 12 different presidents. No matter what their party label, none of them always practice what they preach and most of them never deliver on most of what they promise.

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#35 May 11, 2013
REDNECK HIPPIE wrote:
I was part of the era that allowed drinking at 18. As a member of the military then, it made perfect sense. If an 18 year old can go to war and die, marry, buy a house, drive any vehicle they are licensed for, be elected to office and be tried in court as an adult, then they should be allowed to legally drink. We may see a rise in accidents from excessive drinking, but the percentage of those who drink without getting into an accident would be much larger, just as the number of drinkers over 21 that do so responsibly far outweighs those who drink irresponsibly.
I am still concerned about the minority who do get into accidents and raise insurance costs for all of us and put us all in danger. The average 18 year old is less responsible than an average 21 year old.
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#36 May 11, 2013
REDNECK HIPPIE wrote:
I was part of the era that allowed drinking at 18. As a member of the military then, it made perfect sense. If an 18 year old can go to war and die, marry, buy a house, drive any vehicle they are licensed for, be elected to office and be tried in court as an adult, then they should be allowed to legally drink. We may see a rise in accidents from excessive drinking, but the percentage of those who drink without getting into an accident would be much larger, just as the number of drinkers over 21 that do so responsibly far outweighs those who drink irresponsibly.
Can't be president under age 35, can't drive for most taxi and freight companies under 25, so what's the dif? Now we have all the libtards trying to legalize drugs, so what does it even matter to the maniacs that run the asylum now?
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#37 May 11, 2013
flbadcatowner wrote:
<quoted text>I will suggest this little bit of wisdom I have learned after living through the administrations of 12 different presidents. No matter what their party label, none of them always practice what they preach and most of them never deliver on most of what they promise.
I don't want a damn thing that emperor Obama has promised. Everything this guy's about would mean the end of my freedom and liberty as I know it. Has he sent you the brochures for prayer rug yet?

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#38 May 11, 2013
flbadcatowner wrote:
<quoted text>I will suggest this little bit of wisdom I have learned after living through the administrations of 12 different presidents. No matter what their party label, none of them always practice what they preach and most of them never deliver on most of what they promise.
Not to mention what they DON'T promise! GW Bush said nothing about invading Iraq for fun and profit when he was running but, we know he and Cheney were planning to do that before he was installed in office by the Supreme's. But, anyway, yep- there is a big difference in campaign promises and what a president can actually accomplish, once in office.

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#39 May 11, 2013
Ferrerman wrote:
<quoted text>Not to mention what they DON'T promise! GW Bush said nothing about invading Iraq for fun and profit when he was running but, we know he and Cheney were planning to do that before he was installed in office by the Supreme's. But, anyway, yep- there is a big difference in campaign promises and what a president can actually accomplish, once in office.
That too!

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#40 May 11, 2013
Yeah OK wrote:
<quoted text>Can't be president under age 35, can't drive for most taxi and freight companies under 25, so what's the dif? Now we have all the libtards trying to legalize drugs, so what does it even matter to the maniacs that run the asylum now?
But you can be a congressman, governor, mayor etc.
Can't drive for SOME, not all. Can even own your own taxi or freight company. Can't go on blaming liberals for every ill in the world. Conservatives have done their share.

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