People Under 21 are too Young and Immature to Drink, Smoke or Vote

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 27th, 2013

Week in Review

You can join the military when you’re 18.  But you can’t drink alcoholic beverages.  Or, if Mayor Bloomberg gets his way, smoke (see NYC bill would raise smoking age to 21 by Tom Howell Jr. posted 4/22/2013 on The Washington Times).

City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn and top health officials touted a bill on Monday that would increase the smoking age from 18 to 21 as a way to prevent younger generations in the five boroughs from taking up the habit.

“Too many adults smokers begin this deadly habit before age 21,” Ms. Quinn said in a news release. “By delaying our city’s children and young adults access to lethal tobacco products, we’re decreasing the likelihood they ever start smoking, and thus, creating a healthier city.”

Officials cited estimates that said that raising the smoking age to 21 would cut the smoking rate among 18- to 20-year-olds by more than half and reduce the rate among 14- to 17-year-olds by two-thirds.

So anyone under the age of 21 is not mature enough to make an informed decision about smoking.  As these people will not consider the long-term consequences of their actions.  Choosing recklessly to harm themselves in the long run.  And causing a greater burden to society.  Well, everyone knows smoking is bad for you.  Even these 18, 19 and 20 year olds know it’s bad for you.  They have to with all of the PSAs.  Not to mention the warnings on cigarette packs.  Yet they make a very poor decision and choose to smoke.  So maybe the mayor is on to something here.

If a person is too young and immature to choose wisely when it comes to smoking perhaps they’re too young and immature to choose wisely when it comes to something else.  Like voting.  If we’re raising the smoking and drinking age because anyone under 21 is too young and immature to choose wisely then we should raise the voting age, too.  For they are either too young and too immature to drink, smoke and vote.  Or they are old enough and mature enough to drink, smoke and vote.  You can’t selectively choose what people are old enough and mature enough to do.  If people are too young and immature then they are too young and immature.  Whether it be for drinking, smoking or voting.

Of the three the longest lasting consequences for choosing poorly has to be with choosing poorly in the voting booth.  So if they’re raising the legal age of anything it should be for voting before drinking and smoking.  For people killing themselves by drinking and smoking won’t bring on a sovereign debt crisis.  Pour money into unwise green investments.  Or pass job-killing legislation like Obamacare.  But voting for the wrong people will.  So clearly we shouldn’t let people who are too young or too immature vote.  We should make these people grow up and become responsible first.  Like we do before we let them drink and smoke.

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Because of Idiots Queensland raises Fines for Accidents at Railroad Crossings

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 14th, 2012

Week in Review

Despite how dangerous trying to beat a train at a railroad crossing is people do it all of the time.  YouTube is full of videos of people trying to beat trains at crossings and losing.  It happens far more than most people probably think.  And being that a train has no steering wheel and sometimes takes a mile to stop, they should.  In Queensland, Australia, they’re trying something else to get people to think before they cross (see Fines for ignoring rail crossing warnings doubled by Tony Moore posted 10/15/2012 on the Brisbane Times Queensland).

Motorists or pedestrians who ignore warnings that a train is approaching a rail crossing and race into it can now be fined $8800, a frustrated Transport Minister Scott Emerson has announced.

The maximum fine has been doubled – up from $4400 – after a string of incidents last week caused accidents and triggered hours of transport congestion.

‘‘I have had a gutful of drivers who ignore the rules and go into these areas causing incidents at our level crossings,’’ Mr Emerson said.

‘‘These idiots cause massive disruption to our public transport system,’’ he said…

In the past 12 months, boom gates have been struck by vehicles 194 times and 180,000 rail commuters have been delayed.

There are few locomotive engineers who haven’t killed someone at a grade crossing.  It’s a horrific thing to have to live through.  And with.  Because all they can do is blow their whistle and slam on the brakes.  Which rarely stops a train in time.  Or it could even cause a more dangerous derailment.  It’s especially hard when you kill a car full of kids.

Will this help prevent grade crossing accidents?  Perhaps.  Some people may alter their behavior.  But probably not the young.  Who do stupid things.  Because they’re not mature enough to make responsible decisions.  They drink while under age.  Do drugs.  Have unprotected sex.  They drive recklessly.  And even drive around railroad crossing gates while a locomotive is speeding towards them at 67 mph.

As a side note these are also the people who vote overwhelmingly Democrat.  And who Democrats aggressively court during election campaigns.  Why?  Because responsible, mature people tend to vote Republican.  But the cool people vote Democrat.  Because the Democrats don’t frown on the fun things kids like to do.

Should we raise the voting age?  To match the drinking age?  Or should we lower the drinking age to match the voting age.  The overwhelming majority would probably not want to do the latter.  So would they support the former?  Perhaps.  But the youth vote would probably thwart any such change.  As well as the liberal Democrats who need the youth vote to get them elected.  As the responsible and mature people won’t vote for them.

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Grizzly Child Murders not connected to Drug Crime but to Drug Use

Posted by PITHOCRATES - September 8th, 2012

Week in Review

One argument for the decriminalization of drugs is that it will reduce violent crime.  Because a lot of violent crime is connected to the illicit drug trade.  So decriminalizing drugs would make more crime-free cities.  That would be a good thing.  A very good thing.  But is there a downside to decriminalizing drugs?  For if people want to get high in their own house isn’t that a victimless crime to begin with?  And by dropping the ‘crime’ from ‘victimless crime’ drug use would just be victimless, yes?  So how could anything be bad that has no victims?  I mean, it’s not like we’re hurting children when adults use drugs (see Two Grisly Child Murders Prompt PCP Crackdown in New Jersey by CHRISTINA NG posted 9/7/2012 on ABC News).

Authorities in New Jersey are cracking down on PCP, a hallucinogenic drug that has been involved in two grisly murders of children in less than two weeks in the crime-ridden city of Camden, N.J…

“Violent behavior with PCP, that’s nothing new,” Police Chief Scott Thomson said. “It’s happening on a daily basis in Philadelphia and urban centers all over the country. But what has us concerned is the attacks on small children…Is something being added [to the PCP]..?”

Osvaldo Rivera, 31, told police that he smoked “wet,” a combination of PCP and pot before he allegedly slit the throats of a 6-year-old boy and his 12-year-old sister in the middle of the night in their Camden, N.J., home on Sept. 2…

On Aug. 22, authorities believe Chevonne Thomas was smoking wet before beheading her 2-year-old son Zahree in Camden…

“You’ve got paranoia, anxiety, delusional behavior, hallucinations and then you add to that a disconnect between the mind and body so the person doesn’t feel pain and can behave as if they have superhuman strength,” Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, told ABCNews.com. “The consequences can be dire…”

The effect of the drug mimics the effects of schizophrenia, including hallucinations, extreme stress, delusions and disordered thinking, according to NIDA…

PCP can even do permanent damage.

“If somebody is vulnerable, it would be possible for somebody to smoke it once or twice and develop psychosis that could last months, years or could not be resolved,” Galynker said. “It makes people psychotic and I don’t understand why anyone would ever use it.”

Apparently we are hurting children when adults use drugs.  Sometimes through neglect.  Sometimes by setting a bad example that draws them into the world of drug use at a young age.  And sometimes by killing them.  The people that do are obviously out of their right minds.  And it is probable that their drug use put them out of their right mind.  Which is a salient point.  These children did not die because of the criminal activity associated with these drugs.  They died because of the effects of taking these drugs.  Which would have happened even if these drugs weren’t illegal.  And if some people did this after using drugs it is likely that more people will do these things when there are more people taking drugs.  Which would probably happen if we decriminalize them.

If one smoked a combination of PCP and pot one would have to assume that one smoked marijuana at one time without PCP.  So one drug was probably a gateway to the other drug.  Now with people saying marijuana is so harmless it is probably less harmless than PCP.  And therefore the gateway drug to PCP.  One could even go further to suggest that without ever having used the gateway drug (marijuana) that it is unlikely that someone would experiment with drugs for the first time with something as powerful as PCP.

So there are strong arguments against decriminalizing drugs.  Of course some will counter that it’s not right to condemn all drug users because of the actions of a few.  We don’t bring back prohibition because some drunks beat their wives or cause a fatal car accidents.  Which is a good point.  But here’s a better point.  Alcohol can make you a stupid drunk.  But it won’t make you psychotic.  And when you’re drunk out of your mind you don’t get superhuman strength.  Often times you actually regress to childhood and travel on your hands and knees. So there is a difference between being falling-down drunk and slashing throat-high on PCP.  One is clearly more dangerous than the other.  Finally, who are the people who most want to decriminalize drugs?  Apart from the addicts?  The same people we make wait until they are 21 to drink.  Teenagers and young adults who have a propensity to make bad decisions.  So you know that this is yet one more bad decision from those of us who are least responsible.

Interestingly, we have raised the drinking age for teenagers and young adults but not the voting age.  In fact, there are some who want to lower the voting age further.  Those on the Left, of course.  Who need more people who don’t know any better to vote for them.  Because the older and more responsible people get the more they tend to vote conservative.  Just an interesting side note.  Perhaps we should counter their argument (to lower the voting age) with a simple question.  Do they also want to lower the drinking age?  If not, why not?  It would be entertaining to hear them tap-dance their way around that answer.

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