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Don’t Cry for Us, Argentina

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.”

This fantastical statement demonstrates once again how skilled our young president is at the free-style non sequitur. As money in politics is used mainly to persuade people to vote for certain candidates over others, how would having more targets of persuasion voting counteract money? Actually, it would be transformative if we had a president who knew what the hell he was talking about and made at least a half-hearted attempt at being honest.

In doing a bit of research for this story, the Associated Press found two dozen countries that have some form of mandatory voting. The list includes Argentina. Can anyone remember, to the nearest dozen, how many times Argentina has declared bankruptcy? That county’s economy, and the political system that coughed it up, are a mare’s nest, a dog’s breakfast, a teenager’s bedroom. What a model, eh?

In his Wednesday remarks Obama specifically lamented that many “young people, minorities, and low income workers” choose not to vote (or, in many cases, don’t even know a vote is going on). Gee, no partisan tilt here. He ventured that if all of these folks voted it would “completely change the political map in this country.”

It certainly would. And this is clearly the aim of this latest hustle out of 1600. If Obama and his evil sprites can push this one through, perhaps we could move the White House and the Capitol building to Buenos Aires.

Larry Thornberry
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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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