Have you heard that more than 100 college presidents are asking for a debate on the drinking age? They believe lowering the drinking age to 18 will help curb college student’s from binge drinking. As expected, Mother Against Drunk Driving is against lowering the drinking age. Personally, I think both sides have pretty good arguments. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
What bothers me about this debate is MADD. It’s no secret I’m not a huge fan of MADD. Yes, I’m all for being against drunk driving. Drunk drivers kill tens of thousands of people every year. We should absolutely be discouraging people from driving after drinking. We should absolutely be educating people on how impaired you are after even just one drink. But I don’t like the way MADD does it. I think they are very aggressive to the point of bullying people and the government. And frankly it pisses me off. If it was up to MADD drinking would be banned permanently. Left to them it would be illegal to drink a few beers with your pizza in your own home.
And this debate is no different.
According to the CNN article, MADD “accuses the presidents of misrepresenting science and looking for an easy way out of an inconvenient problem.” That may be, but instead of criticizing the college presidents we should be looking for alternate ways to help them deal with the problem.
But MADD isn’t doing that. They would rather than just attack them by “urging parents to think carefully about the safety of colleges whose presidents have signed on.” Laura Dean-Mooney, the national president of MADD said, “It’s very clear the 21-year-old drinking age will not be enforced on those campuses.”
What?!? I’ve seen local coverage on this issue as well as several articles on the web and never once have any of the college presidents who signed the petition said they won’t follow the law. They are asking for a debate. You know, a grown up discussion where you weigh the pros and cons. Apparently MADD has never heard of debate. In MADD’s world they are always right and nobody else has the right to another opinion or, God forbid, to challenge their thinking.
MADD needs to get a grip. They have some good points, but if they are going to resort to (essentially) name calling then who will listen? This isn’t the playground. You don’t get to just take your ball and go home. It’s time for Ms. Dean-Mooney to put on her big girl panties and act like a grown up.