It’s bad enough we have Water’s World people voting [see below], but now Obama wants everyone who doesn’t even want to vote forced into voting. If they don’t do it, he will confiscate their money and imprison them if they resist further.
At the University of Chicago Friday, Obama was once again pushing Australia’s mandatory voting as a viable idea. Australians can be fined for failing to vote (or even thrown in jail for failing to vote repeatedly), but Australians, he says, love the law. We should do it because Australian socialists love it. Australians, however, don’t actually have to vote, they can draw an anarchy symbol when they show up at the polls.
During an interview in which he pushed his leftist anti-gun, pro-extreme-environmentalist candidate for the Supreme Court Merrick Garland, he also pushed his mandatory voting idea once again, hoping to bury it in the public’s psyche.
“We really are the only advanced democracy on Earth that systematically and purposely makes it really hard for people to vote,” he said.
“Maybe the single biggest change that we could make in our political process that would reduce some of the polarization, make people feel more invested, restore integrity to the system, would be just make sure everybody is voting,” said Obama. “Australia has got mandatory voting. You start getting 70-80 percent voting rates, that’s transformative.”
In Cleveland last month, Obama gave away the reason he wants it – many people who don’t vote tend to vote for the liberal agenda.
“The people who tend not to vote are young, they’re lower income, they’re skewed more heavily toward immigrant groups and minorities… There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls.”
Not making it mandatory is not the same as keeping people from the polls. They choose not to vote.
Government, if not limited, is oppressive, regressive, and violent so no one should be shocked that Obama wants to use force to get people to vote for more big government. What is more of a threat and more oppressive than the IRS?
For some reason, people don’t seem to tie mandatory voting, fines and imprisonment with violent, repressive government but they’re mistaken.
Then there is the issue of forcing people to engage in a right. Voting is a privilege and a right in the United States. We have the right to own a gun and go to church but would we appreciate the government making it mandatory? Does the right to speak mean we don’t have the right not to speak? That is what he is saying. Obama is again taking our freedoms away.
Census Bureau surveys of non-voters show that the president is wrong in his assessment of why people don’t vote. They don’t refrain from voting because they can’t and it’s too hard. They choose not to vote because they don’t like candidates, political parties or politics to name a few.
Is a government that mandates rights exist at the behest of the governed?
As Heritage’s Hans von Spaovsky wrote, “President Obama recently praised the idea of “mandatory voting,” saying it would be “transformative” and “completely change the political map in this country,” showing again how unbound he feels by the limits imposed on the power of government by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.”
Water’s World and Bernie voters: