August 30, 2008
Anytime more than 100 college presidents sign their names to a document, one naturally expects to find a well-meaning but wrong-headed exercise in political correctness. How mildly intoxicating, then, to discover the Amethyst Initiative, a case of ivory-tower interventionism that is actually sensible and even a bit brave: a proposal from 128 university leaders that legislators reconsider the national drinking age. . . .
Whatever its initial good intentions, a national drinking age of 21 has proved to be a failure. Teen drinking is still going on, but now no one is supervising it. Even if the college presidents, with their bold initiative, are just trying to save themselves some legal hassles and money they deserve a toast for stumbling upon this truth.
Indeed. And M.A.D.D. has only made itself look worse.