"Liberal strategists have convinced themselves that if we just got everyone to vote, the people would force through policies held at bay by our antiquated and undemocratic system. Hence the various schemes to return the franchise to felons, lower the voting age, or let people vote online. Not surprisingly, these efforts are invariably aimed at constituencies they have good reason to believe will vote Democratic. What it says about the Democratic Party that boosting the ballots of the criminal, the less educated, and the lazy will deliver liberal policy victories is something to ponder.
But at a broader level this obsession with expanding democracy by making it easier to vote is deeply unhealthy. Making voting easier is synonymous with making voting cheaper. Do we really think the level of democratic discourse would be greatly improved if people who could not otherwise be bothered to vote are afforded the opportunity to do so on their iPhones during a commercial break of Jersey Shore?" - Jonah Goldberg, The Tyranny of Cliches
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Posted by philmon at Thursday, May 31, 2012