Recently Barack Obama shared more of his “wisdom” with the world:
Asked how to offset the influence of big money in politics, President Barack Obama suggested it’s time to make voting a requirement.
“Other countries have mandatory voting,” Obama said …
“It would be transformative if everybody voted — that would counteract money more than anything,” he said, adding it was the first time he had shared the idea publicly. …
“The people who tend not to vote are young, they’re lower income, they’re skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups,” Obama said. “There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls.”
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.
Surely the only citizens that Obama would like to fine or imprison would be those who fail to vote for progressives.
This idea of Obama’s, of course, like many of his ideas, is unconstitutional. However, when did Obama, the constitutional scholar, ever let the clear words or spirit of the Constitution stand in his way?
Obama considers it to be very important for other people to vote, most especially those who he hopes will vote the way he wishes.
In his twisted mind, what’s good for others and what should be mandatory for others is not, however, what’s good for him. He’s a delicate genius, you see.
When Obama was a state senator, someone who represented those very constituents who he now believes should be forced to vote, even against their will, Obama himself often voted “present.” In other words, he didn’t vote. He didn’t take a stand. Obama
voted “present,” effectively sidestepping the issue, an option he invoked nearly 130 times as a state senator.
Sometimes the “present’ votes were in line with instructions from Democratic leaders or because he objected to provisions in bills that he might otherwise support. At other times, Mr. Obama voted present on questions that had overwhelming bipartisan support. In at least a few cases, the issue was politically sensitive.
When Obama failed to vote, his constituents’ voices were not heard. State Senator Obama obviously didn’t believe that it should be mandatory for state senators like himself to vote.
Apparently, what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander, at least in Obama’s mind.