Eat Your Damn Spinach — Or Else

I was in college in the sixties at a campus where there was a lot of antiwar activity.  I recall being at a meeting in a completely packed room as some proposals were offered and discussed.  At one point someone requested a vote on a proposal and, as a point of order, someone offered the opinion that everyone currently present should be required to vote on the proposal.

The logic of this escaped me at the time and escapes me to this day.  Putting on all of the empathy hats I have and trying to understand from what logic this strange proposal made any sense, I could come up with only one explanation.

As far as I can figure the person offering this suggestion simply equivocates between being good (in his opinion) and being required.

Our sitting President has offered the same logic of late — he would like to use the power of the state (i.e. guns) to ensure that each and every person casts a ballot.

He does not wish to require that your vote be a considered one, or even an informed one.  Only that you must cast a vote.

From the point of view of principles or logic or sound public policy this is simply idiotic.  Based on some political calculus that believes that the disenfranchised, disinterested, uninformed, unthinking voter will be more likely to vote for liberal candidates, of course, it does make some sense — and reveals much about the quality of the ideas offered by those candidates.


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