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?