Barack Obama is six years and counting into his two-term presidency, and he is still talking about fundamentally transforming the United States of America. His latest “transformative” idea? To make voting mandatory in the U.S. (He also allowed as how “it would be ‘fun’ for the U.S. to consider amending the Constitution to change the role that money plays in the electoral system,” but that’s another story for another day.)
While speaking to the City Club of Cleveland Wednesday, Obama said, “If everybody voted, then it would completely change the political map in this country,” adding that “universal voting(!) would counteract money more than anything.” At issue, he went on to say, is the “influence those with money have on U.S. elections, where low overall turnout often gives an advantage to the party best able to turn out its base.” Naturally, the 800-pound gorilla Obama had in mind was Citizens United, the Koch brothers, and other enemies of truth, justice, and the American way — not Tom Steyer, George Soros, or other civic-minded citizens who happen to be rolling in money but tilt left.
Obama went on to note that a disproportionate number of Americans who stay home on Election Day are younger, poorer, less educated, and more racially diverse. “There’s a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls,” he observed, adding “it should be easier — not harder— for people to vote.”
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