When the United Nations charter took effect about 69 years ago, the organization’s mission was to preserve world peace.
In the charter‘s preamble, the international organization’s goal to “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights,” is left underdeveloped.
What the UN claims to be fundamental human rights is never spelled out in full, nevertheless, the organization’s dedication to solving “international problems of an economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian character, and in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion” is reaffirmed under the charter’s Chapter I: Purposes and Principles.
Serving as the world’s watchdog, the United Nations has always been mostly funded by the United States, and its policies have often mirrored US policies.
For the most part, the UN serves as a reminder of how centralized policies are based on fancy, full of hot air promises. The organization’s failures should serve as an alert to the American federal government, a body that often stands in the way of states willing to protect their residents’ liberties by enacting legislation that restricts the government’s control over the individual’s choices.
Now that the very people the UN council claims to protect have spoken, the international organization is referring to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs to condemn the states of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital Washington D.C. for allowing the use of marijuana.
Protecting the individual’s freedom to choose is a basic principle of a free society and the very foundation of peace. In places like Colorado, data proves that making the access to pot legal also leads to a drop in violent crimes.
Should peace be UN’s goal, support for loosening drug restrictions – not jacking them up – is the only way to go.