It’s time to end the stupidity on how society deals with drugs and alcohol. Margery Eagan, on most occasions, comes across as an obnoxious liberal in her columns and on the radio. Sometimes, though, she has been known to make sense, and this is one of them. Boston University enacted a ban on all underage drinking on campus. Sounds reasonable, right? Well, no, not when one considers that these kids are now just going off campus to drink with easily-obtainable fake IDs, or are sneaking in alcohol & binge drinking before going to campus parties where alcohol is unavailable. In other words, it has served to be completely the opposite of what was intended, yet the know-it-alls in charge are too stubborn to admit their errors. I know many will not agree with this, but when adults tell these teenagers (and they’re still teenagers during their college years, for all intents & purposes) not to drink or do drugs – or many other hazardous behaviors – that only encourages them to do so. That’s been true since perhaps time immemorial, or at least as long as we’ve let this nation descend into Nanny State madness. Perhaps we as a society ought to stop believing we even can alleviate all of society’s problems!
Now, I am not arguing that alcohol and drugs are a good thing. What I am saying is that our approach to dealing with it has been an abject failure. To think we’re ever going to end drug & alcohol abuse is extreme folly, and should never have even been attempted! It’s time to legalize pot; fewer people (not all) will be led down the gateway of illegal drugs. Right now, they might as well snort coke or shoot up heroin, because it’s all illegal anyway, right? At least that’s how they see it going into their addictions. If pot’s legal, the smarter ones are going to say, ‘what’s the point of doing all that stuff?’ And it’s time to lower the drinking age to 18! It may sound old & cliche, but it’s really true: 18 year-olds are going off to die for this country, and they are still considered adults in most every other manner under the law. But that seems to be changing, as society keeps stretching out adolescence into one’s 20’s. The whole trend started probably in the early to mid 20th Century, when the whole idea of the ‘teenager’ was born, and it’s been downhill ever since!
The point is, it’s this extreme nanny-statism that leads all these people to be addicts in the first place. Men & women were drunks, etc. back in the old times, but people were also self-reliant. Maybe if we stopped nannying our kids so much, they would be more self-reliant, learn their lessons in life at a more appropriate age, & turn out as responsible adults. People in old times were also far more grounded in Biblical virtues. The ultimate truth underlying all this is, we need to get back to Biblical virtues in this nation, so our young people never see any value in ever going down the paths of destruction in the first place! Right now, we’re cutting off our noses in order to spite our faces because, again, we know nothing has worked in our great societal zeal to alleviate all of the world’s ills (be it the War on Drugs, the War on Poverty, the War on Terror, so on & so forth), because the powers-that-be will never admit error. Something has got to give …
(NOTE: This posting originally appeared in the now-defunct Last Days Bulletin blog. It is Copyright 2012, Bay State Conservative News. Follow me on Twitter – @Sunking278)