Last night was a mixed bag for the freedom movement but there were some incredible highlights that I'll cover below:
- Medical Marijuana is now the law in Michigan
- Massachusetts became the first state to decriminalize possession of small amounts of Marijuana
- Bob Barr will climb over the half-million vote mark while on the ballot in only 46 states. This is 18% over 2004 for the LP and within the margin of victory in two states.
- A president was elected that has talked about bringing our troops home. Let's hope they're not just redeployed instead. (I believe nothing on this front will really happen but I can only watch)
Some snags along the way were:
- California voters insist government has a role in marriage
- Massachusetts voters keep their income tax
I was asked by a co-worker what I thought of the election and I talked about some of these issues I was following. She looked at me with a confused look and said, "I mean, are you happy about Obama being president?" My answer surprised her: "I care not who wins, I don't have a dog in the fight." I talked to her a little while longer and it wasn't long before she had written down the names of some books I recommended she read.
That lifelong Democrat and Puget Sound Progressive (her words, not mine) is enthusiastic to read What it Means to Be a Libertarian by Charles Murray. What I consider to be a decent primer on libertarian thinking.
The message of freedom is still a very powerful message that people want to hear. There will never be a bigger opportunity to successfully spread this message than over the next four years.