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Obama: Vote, or Else

President Obama Wednesday suggested that he supports mandatory voting, saying it would counteract the effect of too much money in politics.

Obama spoke in answer to a question at an event in Cleveland:

I think that — now, I don’t think I’ve ever said this publicly, but I’m going to go ahead and say it now. We shouldn’t be making it harder to vote. We should be making it easier to vote. (Applause.)

And what I haven’t said — I’ve said that publicly before. (Laughter.) . . .

In Australia, and some other countries, there’s mandatory voting. It would be transformative if everybody voted. That would counteract money more than anything.

Is there nothing that the Left won’t try to compel you to do?

Obama noted that mandatory voting would “completely change the political map,” obviously ensuring that more Democrats are elected:

If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country, because the people who tend not to vote are young; they’re lower income; they’re skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups; and they’re often the folks who are — they’re scratching and climbing to get into the middle class. And they’re working hard, and there’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls. We should want to get them into the polls. So that may end up being a better strategy in the short term.

Meantime, the Justice Department will be battling all those racists and bigots who are trying to deny people their right to vote by requiring a simple ID card at the voting booth:

So my Justice Department is going to be vigorous in terms of trying to enforce voting rights. I gave a speech down in Selma at the 50th anniversary that was incredibly moving for me and my daughters, and the notion that this day and age we would be deliberately trying to restrict the franchise makes no sense.

The Founders, of course, permitted only landowners to vote. So there was a sense that some amount of judiciousness, thought, and responsibility should accompany the right to vote.

The suggestion on the table is that today’s bare standard that you have enough initiative on your own to get out of bed and make it to the polls – or at least fill out an absentee ballot – is too great.

Does Obama not see the ironies in this?

That by forcing the most ignorant and least attentive to vote, his Party would gain?

Or that he would actually coerce you to exercise your freedom?

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35 Responses to Obama: Vote, or Else

  1. Really, mandatory voting in the USA? What a clueless, un-american, idiotic proposal.

    My guess is that MrObama has never been down in the political trenches, doesn’t know who does vote and what they vote for (or against).
    For instance: Florence, Arizona
    A nice small city north of Phoenix and a town that exists because our largest state prison is located there. Shall we force inmates to vote for the local city council, a constable, a city clerk? OK, they can be excluded.
    Inmates of mental institutions, illegal aliens who sneak around our communities, the mentally handicapped – OK not them either.
    Those who can’t read or write, or speak only Austrian? nah, not them.
    Who would enforce this mandatory thing, what we would do to the ones who refuse to comply, and good grief …………
    arrrrgggghhh.

    • I forgot to mention, What if I do not? I want the receipt still to be given after I vote. No one discusses that. I want the issue of dead people having their name, etc. stolen and people using that to vote.

    • What about Prop 8 in California, where the people DID Vote for marriage between 1 man and one woman, and a judge struck it down ?
      They fill the courts with liberal judges that deny the will of the people.
      Voters that want to express their opinion in the voting booth are denied by one man or one woman selected by an administration that is determined to force their ideology on the rest of us.

      Mandatory voting my butt.
      Who the hell does this guy think he is.

  2. Cameras everywhere. Phone calls, Emails. Someone is keeping track of every thing I purchase.Intrusion upon intrusion.
    Just yesterday I heard the subject of water being measured while you shower. I apologize I forgot the State, and who who be measure the amount. To the point of Voting. Yes, everyone should pay attention and be involved with voting. However, I have always been proud that I still had the right to choose not to. Just like I appreciate being able to turn him off or mute him when he appears. The shit has to stop hitting the fan! To much!

  3. What an unctuous, oily snake oil salesman! Creating a non-existent problem in order to ‘fix’ it with an EO.

    As usual, Obama has everything backwards. We need to take voting privileges AWAY from anyone who is not a US citizen and we should raise the voting age to 30! Birth certificates should be mandatory for voter registration. Fake ID’s are too easy to come by.

    Just b/c Obama blames low voter turnout for losing control of Congress, he wants to trash the Constitution and our individual rights. Stuff it, Barry!
    And, btw, it’ not YOUR Justice Dept, Barry. It belongs to the People.

    PS Stay away from our young people, Barry! Stop filling their mushy brains with your vile BS, lies and propaganda. Keep your scrawny body off our school campuses!

  4. I would actually go along with it IF:
    1. Voting age raised to at least 25
    2. Citizen verified photo ID at time of vote
    3. Must show a grade of 75 or above on the U.S. citizenship test that legal immigrants have to take to become nationalized citizens.
    The only thing keeping the democrat party alive today is that it sits afloat a sea of apathetic ignorants. All mandatory voting without voter reform would do is increase the size of the sea.

    • He’ll never wear me out.

      There are many people that comment on this site that are tenacious individuals and will never let the likes of this skinny puss coerce us into capitulating to his sophomoric dictates.

      Most of us saw through his rhetoric early on, the ones that didn’t elected him.

      The next two years could be the worst time of his life.

  5. Keith,
    BHO revealed that with Loretta Lynch, who is opposed to State Voter ID Laws, that he has been planning with the DOJ to not enforce the State Voter ID Laws for 2016. A few details have been emerging and need confirmation. BHO has been successful in his term telling the DOJ AG Holder not to enforce State Marriage Amendments and issuing edicts nobody is able to STOP!

    Plus, CA and a number of States have been issuing Drivers’ Licenses to illegals for some time, now, which are one common form of ID allowed in the States ~ which ordinarily would ID US citizens ~ but not anymore!

    US Citizens need to contact their State AG’s and insist that Voter Registration Rolls be ‘cleaned-up’ eliminating the deceased and those who have moved out of state!

    Next, ask your State Legislators to amend your State Constitution immediately to require ‘proof of citizenship’ for voting!
    Unfortunately, that effort is going to require citizens and legislators who have personal ‘strong constitutions’ to stand against the ‘well-organized race baiters’ at the ready to attack such efforts!

    Election 2016 Results are well underway to being completely controlled by the WH Adm and the DOJ, and fraud is predicted to be rampant already. Another chaos that the Fed Gov’t under BHO uses to ‘grab power’!

    Congress seems unable to protect ‘States Rights’ issues and the American citizens thus far in 2015! jb

    • jb,…
      Congress is not unable, they are unwilling.
      They don’t have the stones to confront a skinny little Marxist that is insistent on taking this Country to Her knees.

      The states can defeat him, and so can the congress.
      All it takes is the fortitude to do so.

  6. has Obama ever actually read the Constitution? after reading this, that’s a serious question. he seems to have no concept of what kind of government we have here.

    he already thinks Congress reports to him, so I mean, really: has he ever read the thing?

  7. Obama is a Marxist – Communist community organizer who loves that word transformative. He really does want to ‘transform America’, just as he said he did, there’s no mystery there. Mandatory voting is the next step after regularizing 10million plus illegal immigrants. Who will they vote for? Is this a self-serving idea? Is it good for the country? I’d like to say I don’t give a damn what Obama thinks, but he’s too dangerous to ignore.

  8. Obama said that 11 countries in the world have mandatory voting. Eleven out of 195 is a pretty small number. So a vast majority of the countries in the world do not think that mandatory voting is a good idea.

    If mandatory voting was instituted, wouldn’t some type of voter ID system also be required? I wonder if he and the others behind this scheme have considered that?