Arlington VA March 19, 2015
Obama on the campaign trail--this time on mandatory voting.
Addressing a crowd, supposedly on middle class economics, he said "Other countries have mandatory voting," It would be transformative if everybody voted -- that would counteract money more than anything."
"The people who tend not to vote are young, they're lower income, they're skewed more heavily toward immigrant groups and minorities," Obama continued, "There's a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls." In that statement, he obliquely referred to the wealthy groups who support political agendas, primarily on the conservative right, such as the Koch Brothers. He carefully forgets that other such groups also support his radical left wing of the Democratic Party as well.
From my perspective, and given the history of Obama thus far, trying to enforce mandatory voting would be a bad idea, and for several reasons.
First, the US is a democracy, not a socialist state (at least not yet), and people have the freedom to vote if they choose, or not to do so and stay home if they wish. That has been a fundamental right in this country.
Second, enforcement of such laws would be onerous, potentially intrusive, and politically charged. If past experience with Obama is any indication, there would need to be a Federal Election Management Administration, and Federal Election Police to ensure that everyone voted. Agencies would be able to review the voting rolls and take action on anyone who name is not checked off. That smacks of communism.
Third, the cost would be tremendous. of course, here the fines could be used to support the enforcement, and this provide for the high salaries of the political appointees overseeing the cattle cars needed to take people to the polls.
Look for many more these lame-brained schemes from the campaigner-in-chief over the next eighteen months, as he becomes more irrelevant each day, and opens his mouth on equally irrelevant topics such as this.