While speaking to law school students on Thursday, Barack Hussein Obama claimed that America’s voting system is rooted in racism and laws that “unabashedly discourage” some Americans from voting.
According to Western Journalism, Obama told the University of Chicago law students that mandatory voting would “reduce some of the polarization.”
Unsurprisingly, Obama also brought race into the equation.
“We really are the only advanced democracy on earth that systematically and purposefully makes it really hard for people to vote,” Obama said. “There is no other country on earth that does that. There is a legacy to that that grows directly out of a history in which first propertied men, then white men, then white folks didn’t want women, minorities, to participate in the political process and be able to empower themselves in that fashion. That’s the history. We should be a society in which at this point we should say, yeah, that history is not so good.”
“That can’t be right. There is no justification for that. You can’t defend it,” he continued. “Maybe the single biggest change that we could make in our political process that would reduce some of the polarization, make people feel more invested and restore integrity to the system is just make sure everybody is voting. Australia has got mandatory voting. If you start getting 70 or 80 percent voting rates, that’s transformative.”
“At this point, we should be at the point were we say, ‘You know what? We want everybody to vote.’ Because that’s the essence of our democracy,” Obama added.
Of course, the real reason Obama wants to implement mandatory voting is because he wants to fix the problem of young liberals not voting. He believes that this could be the difference between winning any losing the next election.
The bottomline is if someone doesn’t want to vote, they shouldn’t have to.