Old Enough To Serve – Old Enough To Drink?
Yes you are, according to a proposal from a legislator in Alaska by the name of Bob Lynn. He wants members of the military under 21 to be able to drink and smoke in his state. According to Fox News, Mr Lynn basically says:
"Any soldier who braves military combat and risks their life for our country should be treated like an adult—in every sense of the word."
You can read the entire article from the link above, if you wish. No need to repeat it here.
How do you feel about this one ? Honestly, I'm with Mr. Lynn. I feel that either you are an adult, or your not. No middle ground. If we trust you enough to help protect our country, I'd say we consider you an adult. You were responsible enough to say that you wanted a life of military service. Another clue that you are pretty grown up in my eyes.
I had a working idea for a musical commentary on this.
I'm working on a parody of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" (a classic!)
When Johnny goes marching off to war we've made it clear
you can pick up a gun and shoot it son, but hey-no beer
you can take your shots in spring and fall we don't mean shots of alcohol
it's a law that surely doesn't make sense at all
Drinking is out it don't really matter what you say
despite the fact that we know you'll do it anyway
you can serve your country yes it's true-but they'll be no bartender serving you
you can try to sue but all of your rights are gone
You can risk your lives from Lybia right to Kandahar
God forbid we see you puffin a fat cigar
But If Alaskans get their way
soldiers can party nite and day
So when you come marching home
make sure your home's in NOME-
and then the coast is clear--
I can see your next beer from here!
(Like I said, it's a work in progress)