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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?

Hundreds of Unlawful Voters in One Virginia County

As you know, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder think attempts to ensure honest voting are racist.

The argument is that voter fraud is supposedly rare and therefore checking IDs amounts to voter suppression and an attempt by secretly racist Republicans to revive Jim Crow.

Another unifying message courtesy of the Obama administration.

Well, the election board in Fairfax Country, Virginia, where I live, and vote, has determined that 278 people on the voter rolls have claimed – claimed – that they are not citizens, according to Watchdog.org. They excused themselves from jury duty in 2010 and 2011 because, they said, they’re not legal.

Of the group, 117 had a history of voting.

Now think about this. That’s the number of people who were caught serendipitously by one method. How many non-citizens who didn’t get called to jury duty – or who went and served on a jury illegally – are also Fairfax voters?

Despite clear evidence, the Fairfax Country prosecutor won’t take the case, however.

You think he wants Eric Holder calling him a racist? From Watchdog:

Catherine Engelbrecht, president of the Texas-based group, True the Vote, said the Obama administration has chilled the atmosphere for warranted prosecutions.

“The kind of selective justice being meted out by the Fairfax County prosecutor, though clearly a violation of voters’ rights, is part of the ‘new normal’ standard supported nationwide by Eric Holder’s Department of Justice,” Engelbrecht told Watchdog.

Engelbrecht noted that in 2009, U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Julie Fernandez “set out clear marching orders to all DOJ attorneys — suppress state efforts to maintain accurate voter rolls.”

That people are being labeled as racist by the federal government and its allies for trying to safeguard elections is another of the grand absurdities of the Obama era. And as is so often the case with the administration’s political agenda, it’s divisive, virulent, and undermines the Constitution.