And as for the actual question that was asked, yes I do celebrate my country's independence. It's almost impossible not too. The 4th of July is pretty hard to get away from. There are fireworks being sold everywhere. In the area that I live surrounding small city's have carnivals for the kids where they shoot off fireworks normally over lakes. It tends to be a weekend event, not just the 4th itself. Many families have cook outs and go camping.
In some ways I think the age should be lower. It seems to work okay in other countries. Some countries people drink to enjoy the flavor with a meal, here we drink to get drunk. Kids are going to sneak around anyways because they think they are being cool so it's best to have them up front about it from the start.
Driving is a completely different story. You can get a drivers license at 16. I think that's too young. I think if young adults are aware of the effects of alcohol first hand before they can drive there would be less accidents. It's always easier for parents of lost family members due to a young drunk driver to try and push for a higher drinking age but they don't want to put the blame on them just not being old enough to handle the responsibility of driving – doing the speed limit – because that would be too much of a hassle to transport the kids to and from their part time jobs.
If more people waited to have children maybe they would be more likely to count them as a blessing and take care of them instead of treat them like they are a problem factor in everything they want to do.
If it's okay drive at 16 and put lives at risk, have sex when your 18 and create life you shouldn't have to wait until your 21 to drink a type of liquid.I think this county has all of their priorities messed up.
There have been many comics as well that have been turned into movies like the Blade series, X-men, Superman, Spiderman, Hulk, Iron Man and so many more. Those more often then not take the hero/villain they are focused on and form a story around it to fit the entertainment criteria.
I think I'd conduct a few basic tests like ask anyone around me if they heard something when the pet talked, IF the pet talked when others were around. In the end I'm positive I'd keep it to myself. I don't know how I'd feel about it over all. I can see it from both ways. It could be a good thing to know what they are truly thinking or it could be a bad thing, just like with people.