Earlier today, President Obama openly floated the idea of mandatory voting. Of course, this did not play well with everyone, and Fox’s Andrew Napolitano called this a “totalitarian impulse” from the president.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest clarified Obama’s remarks later to insist he was “not making a specific policy prescription.”
But Napolitano didn’t like that Obama threw it out there in the first place, saying the government cannot force speech so, therefore, they cannot force voting either. He told Neil Cavuto, “This is, forgive me, a totalitarian impulse––that he would march people into the voting booth.”
There are other nations where voting is mandatory, but both Napolitano and Cavuto pointed out that other nations that got rid of it “went through a totalitarian, fascist, horrific, destructive phase” first. Napolitano asked, “Is that where he wants to bring us?”
Watch the video below, via Fox News:
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