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Old 11-04-2003, 02:50 AM   #11
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You gotta remember, since it'* from the UK, it starts you as legal at 17.

I was, however, legal at 17. I was in the National Guard and back them (as it should be now) Old enough to Serve, Old enough to Drink.

I was very popular my juniior and senior years of high school
I was grand-fathered at 19, when all the states started raising the age to 21. so I had a two year head start on some. Of course, I was drinking "illegally" long before then.

I agree with you on the "old enough to serve" thing, but I have come to the conclusion that if the drinking age is raised to 21, so should the voting age. (unless you are serving your country, then you get the full boat...voting, drinking, whatever)

Most "kids" of 18-20 do not have a clue about politics, beyond their senior year government class or knowledge of how their parents voted. By 21, you have either been educated in college for a couple years or have held a job long enough to understand the difference between gross and take-home pay and the consequence of taxation. Until then, the only politcal education they get is from MTV'* "rock the vote", which is like having Cheech and Chong teach drug re-hab.
Unlike the popluar belief i actually follow that kinda stuff. Watching Headline news when you eat your breakfast in jr/high school teaches you a lot!
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You gotta remember, since it'* from the UK, it starts you as legal at 17.

I was, however, legal at 17. I was in the National Guard and back them (as it should be now) Old enough to Serve, Old enough to Drink.

I was very popular my juniior and senior years of high school
I was grand-fathered at 19, when all the states started raising the age to 21. so I had a two year head start on some. Of course, I was drinking "illegally" long before then.

I agree with you on the "old enough to serve" thing, but I have come to the conclusion that if the drinking age is raised to 21, so should the voting age. (unless you are serving your country, then you get the full boat...voting, drinking, whatever)

Most "kids" of 18-20 do not have a clue about politics, beyond their senior year government class or knowledge of how their parents voted. By 21, you have either been educated in college for a couple years or have held a job long enough to understand the difference between gross and take-home pay and the consequence of taxation. Until then, the only politcal education they get is from MTV'* "rock the vote", which is like having Cheech and Chong teach drug re-hab.
Some of us at work think Heinlein almost had the right idea. In Starship Troopers, you didn't get to be a "Citizen" until you earned it. Impossible to enact fairly in the real world, but definitely something to think about.
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