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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

I'm Not Sure About This

From the AP:
Lawmaker Wants Lower Soldier Drinking Age

MADISON, Wis. - One Wisconsin lawmaker figures if the U.S. military trusts 19-year-olds with a $10 million tank, then the state should trust them with a beer.

"We're treating these young men and women as adults when they're at war. But we treat them like teenagers when they're here in the states," he said.

The bill would create an exemption for 19- and 20-year-old soldiers from Wisconsin — but not for soldiers from out of state. A valid military ID along with a Wisconsin driver's license or identification card would be required.
Coupla things. On one hand, yes - they are resposible for millions of dollars worth of tanks, missiles, submarines, helicopters and so on. They go to war and kill or die as adults.
On the other hand, is this their decision? Would they be just as responsible if they weren't constantly ordered around? They basically exist, having their hand held from sunup to sundown, being told what to do every minute of their lives.
On the other hand, if you're a responsible drinker, I don't care how old you are. You can have a beer when you're 10 if you want. I don't care. But you better be able to pay for it with your own money.
But on the other hand, how many of these soldiers know non military kids who would just love to go partying with them, but aren't old enough to buy their own hooch?
On the other hand, maybe the bars will only be allowed to sell booze to patrons in the bar and not be able to sell carry-out packages to patrons younger than 21.

So many possibilities.
Like I said. I'm just not sure about the whole deal.

1 comment:

As always... Rachael said...

What about sexual maturity? Why can't a 18 yr old mother who works her ass off as a waitress all day relax after putting babe to bed with a nightcap? You're right, man... it's all about responsibilty... and age can be so fucking arbitrary!