This I Believe

Sean - Skowhegan, Maine
Entered on January 18, 2007

I believe it is wrong for the government to keep drinking away from people who are eighteen years old or older. I mean aren’t we adults at the age of eighteen? Well the government sure does treat them like it. They can vote, they can fight for our country, they can hold public office, there’s a lot of responsibilities eighteen year olds just get slammed on them at once. If they can juggle all these responsibilities. Then I don’t really understand the phrase “underage adult” how can you be an underage adult. Its either adult or not adult there’s no in-between. When I turn eighteen in a few months. I am required to register for a possible draft. This means that I’m volunteering to fight for my country if they ever needed me. What I don’t understand is I can fight in a war, but I cant drink a beer? I can kill someone or be killed in combat, yet our government doesn’t think we are responsible enough to make adult decsions. This just doesn’t seem right to me. They also get the privilege of voting when they turn eighteen. They have a say in who runs our Country or our State. When they turn eighteen the government considers them as “educated voters.” So basically just as soon as you turn eighteen our government suddenly thinks we are responsible enough to make one of the most important decisions Americans have to make. Well if we can make decisions like these. Why cant the government completely trust the “New Age Adults” because its going to be us running this country in a few years. The only defense I here to this topic is that it has saved the lives of thousands of 18-20 year olds. Raising the drinking age hasn’t helped us at all. It has only moved all the deaths to people 21 years old and higher, yet they are responsible? The point is nobody is ever going to be able to stop underage drinking. Yes, you might be able to arrest them and give them fines, but do you really think it is going to stop them from drinking? I think its time for our government to really start treating them like adults because it’s the only way they will become an adult.