Monday, August 24, 2009

Don't Tread on My Kid's Beer

The well-meaning busy bodies are at it again. Now, they want to legislate how parents teach their children about alcohol. In Wisconsin, it has always been legal for parents and their kids to share a drink in bars and restaurants---as it is in many countries throughout the world (and perhaps most of the countries that you would ever want to actually visit).

Apparently, that's not right!

According to the insufferable, pompous gasbags on the Journal Sentinel editorial board Wisconsin's libertarian laws regarding parents sharing a beer with their kids "is just one more indication that Wisconsin's attitude toward alcohol is way out of whack."

Out of whack with what?

As I stated, if you were to line up all the countries in the world that you would actually want to visit, a sizable number of them have a 16 year-old drinking age (i.e., a 16 year-old can get service at a bar or liquor store without a parent) and only a tiny few would have a drinking age over 18. The U.S. easily---easily---has the most puritanical alcohol laws in the world with the exception of Muslim countries and a few backwards regions in India.

It's not Wisconsin's laws that are out of whack. It's the laws in the rest of the country.

The most infuriating part is that there is simply no need to change the law. As the JS twerps recognize in the first sentence of their editorial "In all likelihood, few Wisconsin parents allow their minor children to drink with them in taverns."

Let me translate that for you: there is not a problem. This proposed law is not about fixing a problem, it is a hair-brained attempt to "change attitudes" towards alcohol.

With no due respect (as none is warranted): keep your fucking laws off my attitude.

These well meaning busybodies hope that if we change the laws, maybe children won't grow up and learn that drinking alcohol is a perfectly normal and acceptable thing to do. But here's the rub: drinking alcohol is a perfectly normal and acceptable thing to do.

These decisions should not be made by legislators. These decisions should remain where they have always been and where they belong: between parents, children, and their bartender.

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