by Smith Callen | Top Right News
Barack Obama formally proposed mandatory voting today at a town hall event in Cleveland. The President claims the drastic move would reduce the importance of money in elections and stop alleged “voter suppression”.
The Washington Times reports on the President’s claim that mandatory voting would change everything:
“It would be transformative if everybody voted. That would counteract [campaign] money more than anything. If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country.”
This from a man who, according to the Washington Post, raised nearly one billion dollars to fund his campaign. Yet now he is deeply concerned with reducing the influence of campaign donations?
The President brought up the subject himself, while arguing that his political opponents are advocates of “voter suppression.” A critical subtext of course is that under Obama’s method of mandatory voting, actual Voter ID might be Federally-outlawed, as an impediment to “full voter participation.”
In fact, Attorney General-nominee Loretta Lynch has suggested the DOJ might be able to ban such ID as violations of the Voting Rights Act, an absurd and unconstitutional interpretation.
“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 the folks who are scratching and climbing to get into the middle class and they’re working hard. There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls. We should want to get them into the polls.”
Democrats have long charged that Republicans are trying to “suppress” the votes of minorities and the young via photo voter ID laws.
However since those same IDs are required for everything from boarding an airplane to buying alcohol and cigarettes — and the DOJ is hardly suing United Airlines or 7/11 Stores for discrimination — it is a specious argument at best.
Obama complained about the Democrats’ lousy voter turnouts during midterm elections, as 2014. He claimed mandatory voting would go a long way to “fix” that.
So his reasons for supporting such a policy are clearly political, as it’s impossible to imagine the Democrats supporting such a policy if it meant more losses at the ballot box — just as their illegal aliens amnesty policies are designed to spike their voters.
As the Washington Times notes, five million more Republican voters cast ballots than Democrat voters in the 2014 midterm election, resulting in a resounding defeat for Democrats. It’s obvious that the Democrat Party isn’t interesting in changing their policies, and that is why they are keen on changing the rules of the game.
As far as Obama’s claim that “most functioning democracies” require voting, he could not be more wrong.
As you can see in the chart below, 85% of nations in the world lack compulsory voting. The nations that do have compulsory voting are mostly corrupt or 3rd world nations, predominately South American nations, a few African nations, and Mexico (with the notable exception of Australia).
Um, Mr. President, with all due respect, quite a few of those 85% are what one might call a well-functioning “democracy.” Mexico? Not so much.
What do you think of Obama’s mandatory voting plan?