Recent reports indicate that our president is considering taking executive action to make voting in elections required by law. The president claims that this is one of the surest ways to counteract the influence of money in politics. The motives behind such an idea are easy to discern in this particular instance, and it is important that we do so. But perhaps we can learn much from exploring the question of mandatory voting in general.
I have to admit that my first reaction to the reports of the possibility of mandatory voting was surprise. I am a firm believer that Americans are a much better people than we are made out to be, and that the popular will of the people is quite contrary to that of our president. Americans are generally moral and good, it is just that the most immoral Americans control all of the most influential spheres of public life. Academia, the entertainment industry, the media, and the government are completely overrun with the most despicable figures in the entire country! The relatively small groups of people that run those institutions are often the worst among us, and thus not an accurate depiction of the true American people. So the fact that our president would be willing to open himself up to the popular will of the people seemed surprising at first glance, but there is definitely more than initially meets the eye.
To any engaged citizen, it is obvious why our president wants to make voting mandatory. This particular law would be coupled with his immigration policies which constantly admit millions of new people from foreign countries into America. These are mainly immigrants who do not share American values or ideals, and thus their votes would in time dismantle the very framework of our country. This may sound overly dramatic, but remember that our president is a staunch anti-colonialist. He is not impressed with what he perceives as America becoming rich and successful at the expense of other nations. It is not that our president hates America, but rather that he would like to see our wealth more evenly distributed among the other nations of the world. Mandatory voting for immigrants would partially accomplish this.
Along with a wave of immigrants voting for their un-American ideals, mandatory voting would also force handout-receiving citizens to vote. Those who receive handouts from the government are typically unmotivated and uninterested in anything to do with the democratic process. Handout recipients will take the course of action which requires the smallest amount of thought–voting for more handouts–and thus play right into the president’s hands. Politicians who give handouts are rarely, if ever, well-intentioned. The whole purpose is simply to buy votes. So if our president makes voting mandatory, allows millions of immigrants to enter the country, and continues his track record of giving handouts, he is essentially cementing his party’s reign for the foreseeable future. A savvy political move, but not a very moral one.
That brings us to the question of the morality of such an action in general. Is it moral for a government to make voting mandatory for its citizens? Voting is certainly a very good thing as it presents citizens with the means to take part in forming their governments, but it is always immoral for the government to force this upon people. The Constitution grants us the right to vote, and when we have the right to do something, then we necessarily have the right not to do that same thing. If something is forced upon us then we can’t have the right to do it. When was the last time someone talked about our right to pay taxes?
Not to get too deep here, but it is important in this discussion to understand what rights actually are, and also why we have them. Unfortunately, in our society a right is often defined as the ability to do something. But that is a completely liberal definition–it denies any acknowledgement of a higher moral law. The proper definition of a right, then, is a moral power. If an action is moral and one has the power to do the action, then one has the right to do whatever the action is. It isn’t enough to simply know what qualifies as a right, however. We must also understand why we have rights. The reason is that we all have a responsibility to obey God’s Commandments and fulfill His will. Our rights are given to us by God in order to ensure that we have the means necessary to carry out His will here on Earth.
When this explanation is applied to the discussion of mandatory voting, it becomes clear that such a law is immoral because no government can morally force the people to exercise their rights. Not even God Himself forces us to exercise our rights! If He did, then what would be the purpose of having any rights? It would be redundant to grant us the means to fulfill God’s will when we would already be forced to fulfill His will. In other words, mandatory exercising of rights necessarily eliminates our rights. We are all given the freedom to choose between exercising and not exercising our rights, and if any government attempts to force us to exercise our rights in order that they may benefit, it is contrary to God’s will and terribly immoral. We must put this important right of voting to good use, and vote out any politician who would promote such an immoral idea.