Why are there age restrictions on alcohol, tobacco, and gambling?
I want to know why there are age restrictions on alcohol, tobacco, and gambling. I know legislators say that the reason for this is because they want to protect the youth, but there has to be more of a reason than that. I mean, an 18-year-old can fight in a war and die for his/her country but that person can’t drink until they are 21. I don’t understand that.
I’ll tell you the reason, but you won’t — and shouldn’t — like it.
Today, adolescents are considered too young to handle tobacco, alcohol and gambling. In my day, they were considered too young to vote even while they died in Vietnam — supposedly to protect that right. In reality, they were the sacrificial lambs offered up to promote special interest agendas. The recent conflicts in the Middle East are more of the same.
Since young is not the same as stupid, our youth are not told the true reason for their military service. Instead, they’re proclaimed heroes who fight to preserve freedom overseas. Of course, freedom, like charity, must begin at home.
The laws are very consistent in their disdain for our young people — and their lives. That’s why so many from Generation X are becoming libertarians!