Pot use hinders freedom
On Wednesday the Collegian ran an editorial describing how Colorado voters had rejected freedom by voting down legislation to legalize marijuana possession and create same-sex domestic partnerships.
Such legislation, they implied, would have increased the individual freedom of American citizens to engage in activities that make them happy. Essentially, this freedom would allow us to get high in the privacy of our own homes and pursue companionship in whatever form we choose. In both cases, I respond: that’s not freedom.
When a person is high from smoking marijuana, there is only one thing that he can do, and that is get higher. To me, that signifies a loss of freedom; the person loses the ability to do any other edifying activity.
If one chooses to engage in a homosexual relationship, the further freedoms of having your own children and participating in the blessings of marriage are forfeited.
By voting against these measures, the people of Colorado have actually increased the individual freedom of its citizens. And in the very act of casting a ballot, we have taken part in a process that celebrates the freedom to participate in forming the kind of state and nation we want.
To upbraid Coloradans for voting according to the dictates of their consciences while bemoaning the loss of “freedom” signified by these proposed laws is the height of hypocrisy.
So to those dissatisfied by the results of Tuesday’s election, I proclaim with my constituents: We did it for your own good.