Every time I think Barack Obama can’t come up with a more crackpot or audacious idea than his last one, he fools me. This latest will leave freedom-loving Americanos breathless. The man has more brass than a spittoon factory.
To lifetime leftists like Obama, the most appealing thing about mandatory voting is that it’s, well, mandatory. With these folks, mandatory is always good. It’s part of the totalitarian impulse. The kind of thing to make a community organizer’s heart race. And how far can it be from telling people they have to vote to telling people who they have to vote for?
In Cleveland Wednesday to discuss the evil of (conservative) money in politics, Obama floated the mandatory voting idea. “In Australia and some other countries there’s mandatory voting,” Obama said. “It would be transformative if everybody voted. That would counteract money more than anything.”