Originally Posted by 919191
20 years ago, or so, when the states with the lower drinking age raised the law to 21, it met no resistance from the young people affected. Maybe if they had become active and made their voice heard, the laws would have remained the same. I was on who "lost" his drinking privileges after having been legal. Was federal funding and the threatened loss of it behind this? I don't remember.
Yeah, I was one that "lost privilledges" as well. The problem was that the states were blackmailed by the federal government. If they didn't raise the drinking age, they'd lose their highway money. (I really despise how the federal gov blackmails states like this, BTW).
At least in NC, when the age was raised, nothing really changed. It wasn't enforced, we still went to the bars and bought beer at the grocery store. Even the ABC store didn't card sometimes.
IIRC, it took about 5-6 years before they really started enforcing it..Probably due to MADD or something like that.
Sadly, I don't really think the federal gov would care if all 19-21 year olds rose a stink about the drinking age being raised. People that age tend not to vote. They probably gained a lot of votes from MADD fanatics and senior citizens by raising the age.