Open Left

As per tradition, I mark my birthday by renewing my call to lower the alcohol drinking age to eighteen, if not doing away with it altogether.  One of these years I’m going to get around to a full-blown discussion as to what the facts and consequences surrounding the drinking age issue are.


But I want to briefly talk about something else.  I’ve been lurking around on Daily Kos for awhile now (maybe since sometime in mid- or late-2008) and it’s great.  But I never signed up for an account there, in part because the posts are too rapid-fire and long for me to be able to keep up.  But recently I’ve discovered another, even more liberal blog, Open Left.  Open Left reflects my liberal political views and strong desire to take out centrist Democrats, and there’s less posting so it’s easier to keep up with.  I’ve visited there a few times but I finally created an account (liberalmaverick) early this morning.  My first post, on the issue of a primary challenge to Senator Arlen Specter, can be seen here.


I hope to contribute to the discussions at Open Left for a long time.  I encourage everyone to follow the discussions of their interest on this incisive and intellectually stimulating blog.

3 thoughts on “Open Left

  1. First off, happy birthday. I will now precede to dismantle your 18 drinking age argument…I definitely agree that voting/drinking/legal adulthood should be uniform age. as of it, it makes no logistical sense in that roughly 3/4 of college students are forbidden from alcohol, whereas 1/4 of college students have legal access. from a criminal enforcement standpoint, it just makes no sense.however, this point aside, the legal age, whether that be 15, 18, 19, 21, 28, etc. is pretty much arbitrary and another discussion can be made. however, I think we should include driving into this equation. if teenagers are given the right to vote at some age (say 18 or whathaveyou). then the same argument can be made with driving. if a teenager is trusted to drive a two-ton vehicle, trusted to drive safely and without texting or using the phone or other dangerous activities, then why not let them vote? is the privilege to drive somehow inherently requires less responsibility than the right to vote? I say the driving age should be increased to be the same age as voting and drinking.then a the argument becomes a public safety issue.

  2. @kornissues222000 – Well, in a sense the driving age is already at 18, because that’s when you can drive with no restrictions. Driving from 16-18 is “provisional”, meaning that there are restrictions. Now, I’ve previously floated the idea of provisional voting. I still think it’s something worth looking into. I also would be for looking into the idea of provisional drinking.For all these provisional activities, I would prefer less regulations aside from parental consent. For example, if you’re under 18 you can’t drive after midnight or with people in the car for the first 6-12 months. To me that makes no sense: if you entrust the person to drive responsibly than that person should drive responsibly regardless of the time or who’s in the car. I imagine that if provisional drinking was enacted, lawmakers would slap on similar restrictions, like no drinking after 12 AM or something. To me that’s silly; if you’re entrusted to drink you’re entrusted to drink no matter what time of day. If you can’t handle drinking after midnight then you shouldn’t have that provisional drinking license (or whatever).On a side note, I think automakers should strive to invent self-driving cars like in I, Robot. Then the whole drunk driving aspect would largely go away, and neo-prohibitionists who are really against all alcohol consumption can’t use it as a shield anymore.

  3. Please move this around the country.A Call to action.I have seen and spoke to a lot of well meaning Democrats wanting to make change in Washington and they issue petitions but they refuse to boycott the friends of those who would block progressive action and legislation. Such Democrats unnecessarily tie their left hand behind their backs. I urge people to consider boycotting the friends of those conservatives in congress in order to force them to sit up and take notice and capitulate to our demands. In our country money appears an important factor in getting action done. We need to go on a purchasing strike against the friends of regressives in order to force them to cooperate with us. It appears peaceful and legal in an atmosphere of legalized bribery in congress. We need to take back control over our purchases and how the profits get spent especially how they get used for legalized bribery in congress. We indirectly fund conservatives in congress through our purchases. We need to set conditions for our purchases through targeted boycotts.If you don’t like a particular TV program, you call their sponsors and tell them you will boycott them until the program either goes off the air or changes to your liking. This works similar with political parties, politicians and their sponsors (campaign contributors).If you have a blog please post this on your blog. I want to get at least 100,000 people to sign these petitions, the first one which you can demand single payer health care and a fix to the Medicare prescription drug benefit.Read and sign these legislative petitions please and get hundreds of people to sign them and they will automatically go to Republican minority leaders Sen. McConnell and Rep. Boehner right away once you sign the petition. links above correspond to these links with longer text. and I created this parody t shirt about medicare part D that uses a familiar symbol.See it here.

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