President Obama ignited a firestorm of criticism – from both sides of the aisle – when he shopped around the idea of implementing a mandatory voting policy while in Cleveland Wednesday.
And the crew on Fox News’ “Outnumbered” had plenty to say about that Thursday.
None of it good.
“I love the idea where he says [mandatory voting] would counteract money? Where do you get that from? If everybody’s out there voting and they’re not engaged enough to actually read – then money would play an even bigger role,” co-host Melissa Francis said.
She countered Obama’s position that mandatory voting would take “big money” out of the electoral process and she stated the obvious – more money would be spent out of desperation and “barrage those barely engaged” because they would now be forced to cast a ballot.
“I mean if you’re not engaged enough to vote – please don’t,” Francis said.
Liberal co-host Kirsten Powers agreed that it’s not a good idea to vote for people and issues you are uninformed about. Because the bottom line is this – a vote can be forced, but knowledge cannot.
To that point, Andrea Tantaros alluded to the consistent nightly TV appearances of uninformed Americans interviewed on the streets and highlighted on late night news and talk shows. Their ignorance is comic relief.
“Do we really want everybody voting? I don’t think so,” she said.
She then touched on the much more troubling – and vital – underlying issue with Obama’s latest declaration.
“Can this administration for one day not tell us what do?” Tantaros said. “Not tell us what to eat, not tell us what to think, not tell us what healthcare to get?
“I mean, the Constitution guarantees freedom of association. We can associate with whatever political party we want, and guess what? We can also disassociate and not vote if we don’t’ want to.” she said.
Powers called Obama’s comments “a little authoritarian.”
Twitter users agreed:
@AndreaTantaros slams Pres. Obama for endorsing the idea of mandatory voting. http://t.co/uk4Ec1qsJS #Outnumbered https://t.co/djyREOKzF1 — Outnumbered (@OutnumberedFNC) March 19, 2015
I’d be ok with #MandatoryVoting as long as #LowInfoVoters all voted PRESENT like their Dear Leader, Obama. — Radical Right-Winger (@nowiknowmyabcs) March 19, 2015
Word is Obama likes mandatory voting. & you wonder why we call him tyrannical? That’s NOT democratic & it pains me that I have to say that. — David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh) March 19, 2015
#MandatoryVoting is a fundamental violation of our RIGHTS to vote, or NOT-VOTE! Liberals don’t understand; #NoRightCanBeMandated — David Higgins (@dhiggins63) March 19, 2015
Obama wants mandatory voting. Because of course he does. — Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 19, 2015
Is there anything that quashes the free spirit of democracy quite like the concept of mandatory voting? — American ✯ Woman (@FoundersGirl) March 19, 2015
Rubio balks at Obama’s suggestion of mandatory voting: http://t.co/Hzz0JHhuUa pic.twitter.com/UKLh0WrP2w — The Hill (@thehill) March 19, 2015
“Mandatory voting” is what happens when a bored semi-retired President is left alone by his handlers for five minutes. — Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) March 19, 2015
“Mandatory voting” = illusion of democratic respectability hiding relentless expansion of unconstitutional power — John Hayward (@Doc_0) March 19, 2015
Democrats succeed when the electorate is dumb. Thus Obama’s wish to make mandatory voting a thing. — RB (@RBPundit) March 19, 2015
“I am not a dictator,” said the man who wants to make it mandatory to vote. http://t.co/qF1tQeY15c — Razor (@hale_razor) March 19, 2015
Related: Oops! Social Media Users point out the biggest hypocrisy behind Obama’s ‘mandatory voting’ idea
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