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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by DrunkenAsparagus View Post
    So the solution is to increase this number? I don't really get it. How does more people voting lead to a "healthier" democracy?
    Because a democracy is based on allowing the small guy to have his voice heard. Democracy allows financially disadvantaged citizens a chance to have a say in the direction our government heads, it benefits all walks of life, just not the people with money. Are you saying the less people that vote the better it is for the country? thats a very unrealistic view of democracy.

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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    That's pretty hackish and ignorant, imo.
    How so? People voted George W. Bush back into office during horrible economic times, so obviously he was not voted back into power based on his record. George W. Bush's campaign motto was "I will keep you safe." Bush couldn't run on his record just as Obama can't run on his. Both campaigns will show similarities. My statement wasn't arrogant what so ever, it's just not what you wanted to hear. its pretty well documented.

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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    LOL!!!

    Or Barak Obama, for that matter, eh?
    Actually you are wrong, "eh?." Obama was elected by a landslide majority, he didn't need his big brother to steal the election in Florida to claim victory. Also, Obama will win re-election on a much larger scale compared to George W. Bush in 2004, I guarantee it.
    Last edited by SypherAL; 03-05-12 at 06:38 PM.

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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by SypherAL View Post
    Because a democracy is based on allowing the small guy to have his voice heard. Democracy allows financially disadvantaged citizens a chance to have a say in the direction our government heads, it benefits all walks of life, just not the people with money. Are you saying the less people that vote the better it is for the country? thats a very unrealistic view of democracy.
    What????

    Democracy is another word for "mob rule".

    The little guy can get crushed. Crushed. The weak can fall prey to the masses.

    A popularity contest is not always the "best option".

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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    I've long thought that voting should be a duty just as is registering with the Selective Service Commission when you turn 18. No requirements as to party of candidate, you just have to participate as a duty to your country. Our government would be much more representative of its people.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Catawba View Post
    Our government would be much more representative of its people.
    I know it's hard to comprehend, but it could surely mean we'd have a much much worse government than we already have.

    I'm not sure I want a "true representation" of a large part of "our people".

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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    I know it's hard to comprehend, but it could surely mean we'd have a much much worse government than we already have.

    I'm not sure I want a "true representation" of a large part of "our people".

    You prefer the government only represent a small portion of its citizens then?
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    I see that a few have voted yes we should require that everyone vote. I am honestly baffled by this view and need help understanding it.

    How would requiring everyone to vote improve anything? It can also go against a persons religious beliefs or personal standards. Years when I feel no candidates are worthy to represent the people I refuse to vote. Forcing persons to vote may but them in a position to support someone they feel are corrupt, dishonest, have little or no similar views. I just dont think it is a good idea.

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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Voting is a right. Driving is a privilege.
    I never said it wasn't a right. It is a right but it's also a privilege. It's a violation of someone's right to vote by forcing them to vote against their will.
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    Re: Should Someone Be Required By Law To Vote In The Presidential Election(s)?

    Quote Originally Posted by SypherAL View Post
    Because a democracy is based on allowing the small guy to have his voice heard. Democracy allows financially disadvantaged citizens a chance to have a say in the direction our government heads, it benefits all walks of life, just not the people with money.
    Poor people can still vote. Democracy is based on all those who want to be involved to some degree being allowed to do so. There is no requirement for everyone to participate if they do not want to. If people see no interest in democracy, you will not be able to force them to have an interest. Many people have deep moral convictions against voting. You can try to educate them, but you cannot alter a person's convictions, or lack thereof, by decree.

    Quote Originally Posted by SypherAL View Post
    Are you saying the less people that vote the better it is for the country? thats a very unrealistic view of democracy.
    Nice strawman. I never gave an ideal number for how many people should vote. There isn't an ideal turnout rate. The key is that voters have a grasp of the issues and don't just vote based on personality. There's no good way of forcing this interest, but compulsory voting is certainly not a good way to do it.
    Last edited by DrunkenAsparagus; 03-05-12 at 07:32 PM.
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