Just when you think President Obama couldn't possibly be any more extreme, he gives another signal of how deep his totalitarian instincts go:
How do we offset the influence of big money in politics while fixing the country's abysmal voter turnout rate?
President Barack Obama suggests it might be time to make voting a requirement.
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"It would be transformative if everybody voted -- that would counteract money more than anything."
[. . .]
At least 26 countries have compulsory voting, according to the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. Failure to vote is punishable by a fine in countries such as Australia and Belgium; if you fail to pay your fine in Belgium, you could go to prison.
At first glance, this seems sort of breathtaking. But, hell, we can already be required, under penalty of a fine, to buy health insurance we don't want. For the life of me I cannot understand how liberals get the reputation of being on the little people's side. Their first instinct -- the first -- is to use government to push people around and make them do what their betters think they should.
As awful as political campaigns are now, imagine how bad they would be if the candidates had to find the lowest-common-deminator message to earn the votes of all those ignorant, uninterested knuckleheads who had to be dragged screaming and kicking to the polls. To vote Democratic, no doubt.
Oh, wait. I get it now.