In her latest piece at Time.com, Camille Paglia presents us with an opinion to shake the shackles of the National Minimum Drinking Age Act. Here is
an excerpt of her piece and you can read the rest here.
The National Minimum Drinking Age Act, passed by Congress 30 years ago this July, is a gross violation of civil liberties and must be repealed. It
is absurd and unjust that young Americans can vote, marry, enter contracts, and serve in the military at 18 but cannot buy an alcoholic drink in a bar
or restaurant. The age 21 rule sets the United States apart from all advanced Western nations and lumps it with small or repressive countries like Sri
Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia, Qatar, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates.
In her article, she alludes to the driving force behind the "National Minimum Drinking Age Act", which didn't set the legal age to consume alcohol,
but to purchase. That Act, if you so wish to muddle your brain in how our Government codifies its laws, can be found
Interesting fact about the act: the Government, just as they do with the National Interstate and Defense Act, utilize this act to blackmail
non-compliant states by withholding funds. It should also note that these acts are predicated and built upon the now-in-question Commerce Clause
interpretation that the Court has held for nearly a century until Chief Roberts neutered it.
Reading over the Act, we can see that it doesn't apply to you, or I, or your Church, or even a party -- it applies to the sale of alcohol and at what
age one can purchase (as I stated above, it says nothing to the consumption thereof).
Now going back to Paglia's article, she highlights how "good intentioned" citizens wanting to affect change leave unintended consequences in their
wake; i.e., Prohibition. She links then champion of Puritanism, Carrie Nation, to the crusaders of MADD and their pursuit in the 80s to institute a
drinking age limit. Well intentioned, but narrow in their application as they seek to deny another their freedoms.
I for one believe that States should just be non-compliant, just as they could with the seat-belt laws, and helmet laws. The fact, as Paglia has
pointed out, that we can marry, enter into contract, join the military, etc, etc...yet cannot buy an alcoholic beverage should show you how Tyranny
isn't a product of this current Administration and that it is indeed a creeping Leviathan that we call the Federal Government; regardless of what
jack-ass or fat-ass (donkey and elephant) is occupying its hallowed halls.