Reader: How can states be called free when they frown on abortion, gay marriage and pot?

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Last week, we shared analysis from George Mason University's Mercatus Center about the ten freest American states; Colorado took a significant fall in the annual study, finishing nineteenth. Our readers had plenty of questions about researchers' attempts to balance personal and economic freedom. Here's one example.

steven.pfefferle writes:

Anyone notice these are all heavy GOP states.... states that frown upon abortion, gay marriage, have the strictest laws on alcohol and marijuana.... but they have guns and little other regulation, so I guess they are free.

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Adam Schafer
Adam Schafer

This has been said several times already, but I'll say it anyway because apparently the author of this article is retarded. Free doesn't mean they agree with some liberal agenda. I'm not anti-liberal and I think that abortion, gay marriage, and pot should all be legal. But freedom means you have the choice to believe what's right or wrong. The author of this article seems to not know the difference between freedom and integrity. To be honest I can't believe that this article was published when it has such an obvious and glaring flaw. No wonder it's on the blog page and not in the actual newspaper.

EJ Benko
EJ Benko

The definition of "Free" is the ability to choose for themselves .. Freedom is NOT being forced to agree on all things / issues

Jordan Snyder
Jordan Snyder

Exactly. Some people act like CO is a cesspool because it's LEGAL for adults to do these things, but that's what liberty is all about. You don't always have to like what people are doing, but you have to allow people to have some freedom to make choices as long as they're not harming someone else. These are considered rights, as they should be. Why can't a person smoke pot in their own space? Or have an abortion if it's necessary? Or have the same legal protections as a straight couple? That to me seems American. Limiting people's freedoms based on personal and completely unscientific and unprovable opinions seems anything but. So no, I wouldn't call those states "free" at all.

Michael Sabin
Michael Sabin

How can we be free with the Libotard Progressive agenda here in Colorado....

Victor Hoelscher
Victor Hoelscher

Didn't know you had to legalize debauchery, murder and drugs to be a free Nation, maybe we don't need to be that free :-D

Russell Lott
Russell Lott

or when they track everything that people do .. hold on.. that's at our federal level ... so ..no state is free of the NSA and big brother

Shasta McGovern
Shasta McGovern

Or keep farm animals in tiny cages against their will only to be slaughtered. The world is sick in so many ways

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

Free to think and do as THEY choose without ever considering others or the whole picture. The heart of any nation. To be the 'critical' parent and make sure society doesn't run amok. (seems that what they have accomplished is having this nation elect an unqualified affirmative action ingrate ).

Linda Lee
Linda Lee

They are the 'salt of the earth'. They stand for "God , Mom & Apple Pie". (THEIR God, THEIR idea of motherhood and THEIR SUGAR LADEN piece of America). Having been raised by two solid, but narrow of mind parents, I fence sit having lived on both sides.  It saddens me that in this day and age, these same so called 'good Christians' seem to be anything but. I can appreciate being against, but doesn't Jesus implore us to love our enemy ( as it were)? What is amusing about this socio/economic group is that as Christians, they say "Amen" when the sermon is about Jesus going to the temple and sending out the money changers, but they fail to see themselves as the moneychangers the voters want out of office , out of site and out of mind.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Jordan Snyder Very interesting post, Jordan. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Victor Hoelscher Ouch! Thanks for the post, Victor.

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