Camille Paglia on American drinking age laws:
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Drinking Age Act, passed by Congress 30 years ago this July, is a gross violation of civil liberties and must be repealed.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 U.S. 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.
A drinking age of 19 differs in degree, not principle. Getting rid of the drinking age here would also have the advantage of undermining the desperate, hysterical, “think of the children” caterwauling from the foreign brewery cartel trying to maintain its monopoly on beer sales in this province.