Originally posted by NaplesX
It's called a constitutional republic, this America thing we have here.
Yes. You should dig into what that means a bit more one of these days.
I think the society is pretty free here already.
Ah, so once a certain level of freedom is reached, it's okay to arbitrarily limit that freedom, since we've got enough of that freedom stuff as it is? Are you worried this freedom this is getting a bit out of hand?
Um, if smoking pot is socially unacceptable here, there are other places in the world that it is. People have the freedom to go there. No-one is stopping them.
That's your notion of a free society? That something is merely "socially unacceptable" is high enough a bar for passing laws that limit other people's freedom, and being so kind as to "permit" anyone who doesn't like the laws to leave their homes and families and careers behind to find another country makes passing any majority-backed law okay?
As a matter of fact, everyone has the right to smoke pot in their own house. They are free to smoke pot anywhere as long as they are willing to accept responsibility and consequences to their action.
That's the most ludicrous notion of "freedom" that I've ever heard. It approaches the level of Orwellian Newspeak. By this "logic" people were "free" to criticize Stalin in the old USSR as long as they were willing to risk being sent off to a gulag and/or shot for exercising their "freedom".
I don't see the problem.
And that, Mr. NaplesX, is the problem.