The President has suggested that mandatory voting would be a good idea, stating that the poor and immigrants are typically underrepresented at the polls. Actually it’s a really bad idea. The word “right” implies that you have a choice regarding whether or not to exercise it. Paying taxes isn’t a right, it’s mandatory. Attending religious services is a right because the state can’t force you to do it. Owning a gun is a right but progressives would happily deprive you of that right to self defense. Voting is a right that is traditionally reserved for citizens, and while it would be nice to think that every citizen votes and does so knowledgably it just won’t happen. What we have is another attempt by liberals to buy votes from the poor to create a one-party socialist state. Here are some other ways it’s bad for the people of the USA.
It’s about more control. It’s yet another way of tracking every individual’s actions through a government mandate.
It’s about advancing collectivism. It’s the process of getting the population to move as a herd rather than as thinking individuals.
It’s about higher taxes. Imagine the cost of verifying that everyone has voted. In fact it’s hard to imagine that this could be done without a voter ID program, something liberals hate.
It’s a waste of law enforcement time and money. Shouldn’t the police be apprehending robbers, rapists, and murderers rather than chasing non-voters? Would they send SWAT teams? As I said before, laws shouldn’t criminalize noncriminal behavior.
It’s a waste of welfare money. If a poor person is fined for not voting that fine will be paid with welfare dollars, the tax dollars of working families.
It’s a step towards a police state. While a few “free” countries may have mandatory voting it’s traditionally a hallmark of a dictatorship.
Here are four steps to improve citizen participation without raising taxes or bringing down the heavy hand of Big Brother:
Citizenship education begins in school, with courses in civics and history. Return to the idea that civics isn’t just about laws but also about instilling a sense of pride in this nation and it’s heritage. Teach history in the context of the time. To condemn early Americans for owning slaves without acknowledging that slavery was widespread at that time and still exists in some places today is biased. To claim that European explorers arrived to devastate an idyllic world is a lie. The Aztecs were as brutal a civilization as has ever existed, slaughtering thousands every year to appease their gods. Tell bratty college students who want to ban our flag that their school will lose all taxpayer support and they must cover the full cost of their education by themselves (choice and consequences again). Teaching young people to hate their nation won’t inspire them to vote as responsible citizens.
Reform welfare to being a hand up, not a handout. Liberals don’t help the poor, they exploit the poor. Helping the poor doesn’t mean guaranteeing a lifetime income, it means supporting them on a path to productive independence as I proposed with the ISIC plan. Many would welcome such an opportunity. As for those who think they’re entitled to lifetime support, ask them why working families should support their choice to be lazy. Then tell them when their benefits expire.
Make English our official language and require immigrants to learn it well enough to manage everyday life tasks, including voting. It’s impossible to accommodate every language in the world and no other nation does it. A common language unites a nation.
Cut election fraud. It’s easy to say “why bother” if you believe that fraud will overwhelm your vote. I see nothing wrong with voter ID laws as long as non-driver IDs are provided free of charge to those who don’t have drivers licenses or passports. We need an ID for virtually everything in this country today. Even without that measure, cities could require proof of citizenship & residency for new voter registration and they could exercise tighter control over the voter rolls. If the Social Security Department knows when a person dies the city clerk should know as well and remove that person from the rolls.
Dictatorships require people to vote, free nations inspire people to vote.