Skip to comments.The time has come to make you vote
Posted on 05/02/2014 9:42:07 AM PDT by QT3.14
[SNIP]...Let's first consider the situation in which we find ourselves. Once again this year, the two parties that dominate our politics will conduct parallel campaigns aimed at two distinct subsets of Americans, rather than engaging in any actual debate. One side will scream about liberal overreach and the other will scream about conservative greed and bigotry, and whoever arouses the most passion in their most reliable voters (generally the party out of power at the moment) will probably win.
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What better way to monitor how we vote.
so much for a free country
- None of the above
Nope. This would never fly in court. No one can force you to vote and, just as you have a right to participate in the electoral/political process, you also have a right not to do so.
Mandatory voting works pretty well in North Korea. They get a great turnout, so why not here?
We need some mandatory NOT voting. Keep welfare recipients from voting, like we do felons.
This column illustrates why rats just love democracy and high turnout. It gives the patina of legitimacy to illegal acts.
“I got 51% of the 95% who voted. I owe it to them to redistribute rights to my supporters.”
....just like you don’t have to engage in interstate commerce if you don’t want to! re: the Supine Court’s ruling requiring participation in Obama-Care!
Does the truth matter at all?
The State has overreached badly, it is choking us to death; both sides have their greedy (btw the State epitomizes greed); and "conservative bigotry" is a straight up slander.
In comparison, it is a very short intellectual walk to sanction mandatory voting.
What a dumb idea. Aside from the anti-freedom aspects noted upthread, one of he biggest problems with voting today is that too many people are voting without any understanding of the issue. We need to be actively suppressing the number of low-information voters (LIVs), not making more of them.
I was thinking along the same lines. Of course that would give illegals a foot in the door.
Forced voting is the wrong solution to the problem. We don’t have lousy candidates because people don’t vote, people don’t vote because neither party can put up candidates worth voting for. I vote every time ballots are distributed, but I don’t necessarily vote in every individual race because there’s so regularly nobody worth a damn.
See Threat To Liberty.
On the subject of "Welfare," note how much better it worked in Jefferson's day, if you really want to make a point: Thomas Jefferson On Welfare.
As far as I know, such pauper laws have never been found unconstitutional. (But I'm no expert by any means; my legal research is a google search!)
The disenfanchisement of felons is subject to the jurisdiction of the individual states, so why not paupers?
“it is a very short intellectual walk”
If you don’t vote, you are taxed at
$2500 per election cycle.
Don’t worry. It’s just a tax.
What will be the tax on anti-same-
sex-marriage candidates who run
for public office?
Ya just gotta love how the “Progressives” have lately been trying to recycle so much of the repression imposed by the old, failed Soviet Union dictatorship. First it will be “enforced” voting; soon the only candidates on the ballot will be Demokrats.
A number of countries do this. Mainly ones with very small populations who have legitimate concerns about organized groups of nutballs exploiting low turnout to hijack the government.
In some of the larger countries that do this, you must show proof that you voted in order to access government benefits. THAT is where Bai is headed with this.
Actually all control of the franchise is supposed to be with the States. (Article I, Sec. 2) The restrictions as to racial criteria, sexual criteria, poll taxes, and those under 21, were all handled by specific Constitutional Amendments.
The right to vote has been extended while personal rights have been more and more restricted. Not a good trade-off.
Mandatory voting would not work unless there would be a selection for ‘None of the above’.
I wonder if they mean mandatory voting as in in the USSR or Cuba.....with a machine gun pointed at you to make sure that you ‘vote’ for the current totalitarian.
Mr. Bai realizes that a large number of reliable dem voters don’t participate in non presidential elections. Thus the desire to make voting mandatory. His attempt to dress up the scheme as a nonpartisan concern over a broken system is amusing. All in all I find the article encouraging. The dems must see looming electoral disaster if they’re grasping at fairydust ‘solutions’ like this one.