I was one of the young students who first marched, signed petitions, and generally raised hell to get the voting age, and the drinking age lowered to 18. Members of our generation thought that if we could be drafted and sent to Vietnam, then we should be able to vote, enter into contracts, and get a beer at the local bar. I still feel that way, and think that the current 21 year age is a grave disservice to our young men and women.
I strongly recommend that the GOP get behind defederalizing the drinking age. Not only is it the right thing to do — the federal 21-year-old drinking age was a dumb idea of Liddy Dole’s and never should have been enacted into law — but it would help them with the youth vote. Seems like a natural issue for, say, Rand Paul, but any of the new Tea Party crowd in the Senate could run with this.I recommend that all the 18-20 crowd run with this. Call your Congress-critters, raise hell, write letters and sign petitions. Let your voices be heard.