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Jonathan723
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christopher1006
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Should the legal drinking age be lowered to 18?

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christopher1006
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 2/11/2015 Category: Economics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Jonathan723

Con

In my personal opinion, this just seems like a bad idea. Some people that had just gotten their license two years before, they may still not be responsible enough for alcohol.
I want to see if someone here can change my mind, or make me question my opinion, so cast your votes, and lets see what people think. Please add your age into the argument so we can see what age group want what. I'm 14.
christopher1006

Pro

In the interest of fairness, the pro will simply use this section for acceptance in order to allow the Con to draft their full argument with the reasoning and evidence required for a typical debate. The pro will be arguing in favor of lowering the drinking age to 18, with fleshed out arguments in the second round of this debate, first round of actual arguments.
Debate Round No. 1
Jonathan723

Con

Jonathan723 forfeited this round.
christopher1006

Pro

As con has failed to respond, pro will simply focus on one simple point, which is responsibility. Due to the lack of extrapolation, Pro will assume that the subject is specifically The United States of America.

Let us consider, using the evidence link provided at the bottom, what Montanta, similar to other sates, has in place for 18 year olds. Listing off directly from the paper, 18 year olds have the right to vote, make a will and power of attorney, make their own end-of-life decisions, be an organ donor, sign a contract in their own name, obtain medical treatment without parental consent, enlist in the armed forces without parental consent, complete independence from parental control, apply for credit in their own name. In addition, they will also be tried as an adult, not have their parents required to support them, be sued by others on contracts that they signed, be eligible for jury duty and last, but certainley not the least, be eligible for the Selective Servce, or Draft.


Con claims without evidence that the legal drinking age should not be lowered, however the pro will argue that an 18 year old has little reason to be restricted in this fashion. Therefore, pro will argue, what they view as, major privelages and duites that an 18 year old citizen will get proves that the drinking age limit is nonsensical.

The right to vote

For those not familiar with this, the American legal system allows for voting from the lowest to highest applicable levels, from judges and mayors to the President of the United States of America. Somehow, however, this is considered to require less maturity than simply drinking. Because voting for the people who will lead you is a straightforward decision . . right?

The ability to sign contracts in their own name.

This is another critical point as marriages, by definition, are contractual agreements. This means that the citizen can now marry someone, a lifetime agreement that requires much thought, but drinking alcohol is just too much for their poor minds.

To enlist in the armed forces without parental consent.

Until the child is 18, it is up for the parents to make large decisions for you such as joining the armed forces. One they hit 18, something legally changes, the new 18 year old can make the choice to fight and die for his or her country. However, drinking takes more maturity.

Jury eligbility.

Jurys are when civilians are drafted in to a group who don't know what's going on with the legal case on hand. From there. They must evaluate the evidence presented and decide what fate the accused shall face. This ranges from petty disputes to homicide and acts of terror where one must keep a level head to help judge. Yet drinking is aparantly more difficult than deciding to have a man executed.

Males must register in the selective service.

Obviously this mainly applies to the males, females are allowed to join and therefore this applies. The draft has been used several times throughout U.S. history, compelling young men and women to join the armed forces in service for their country at its greatest need. They had to leave home and all they knew to go to war because they were deemed ready, and yet they're not mature enough to drink.




http://opi.mt.gov...
Debate Round No. 2
Jonathan723

Con

Jonathan723 forfeited this round.
christopher1006

Pro

Extend all arguments.


I wish this debate had been a little less . . one sided.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by christopher1006 1 year ago
christopher1006
I forgot to add, I'm 18.
Posted by christopher1006 1 year ago
christopher1006
Would you like me to start with my opening arguments in round one or simply post acceptance?
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeiture