Taking freedom for granted

You know, it’s weird.
We, westerners, see on TV or read in books about wars, about communism, about dictatorships, but we haven’t really FELT such situations first hand.

I was born in 1973 and dictatorship was fading away from Greece by the time I started remembering myself. So, I have never, EVER, EVER, felt limiting myself because of a law.

Until yesterday. For a very trivial thing, no less.

So, my husband’s new hobby is poker. Personally, I _hate_ lucky games and gambling. It’s a baggage that I carry from my Greek life, where people who would play lots of lucky games are considered “thugs” and unrespecteful because they would usually lose fortunes on these games and leave their families hungry.

But of course, this is not the case with us. Poker for my JBQ is simply an interesting game and not real money is involved. The law of California says that poker is ok as long as the “house” does not make any money.

So far, so good. That law seems really good.

But then, we found out that poker is _completely forbidden_ in the Virginia state. I have a real problem with this, and please note, I don’t even know how to or play poker. It’s just that I try to see Poker with an open mind, and simply see it as what it really is: a table card game.

I have a problem having a game forbidden just because *some* people are idiots and abuse poker and lose money. It’s the same thing like Greece’s LAUGHABLE law for forbidding ALL computer games, JUST BECAUSE the government officials are so illeterate that could not distinguish between lucky games and computer games.

Yes, I am coming from a country that some lucky games and maybe all computer games are forbidden. That’s not because Greece is not a democracy, it’s because some governement officials are IDIOTS and created laws that could be interpreted with a thousand ways. But I do have a real problem accepting the similar situation in one of USA’s states. I would have expected something more from the “land of freedom and opportunity”.

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