It’s not exactly a shock to see various Fox News personalities “outraged” or “shocked” over something President Obama has said or done. After all, this is the network which tried to attack the president for buying his daughters sweaters – seriously.
So when I heard that President Obama mentioned that a way we might increase voter turnout might be to make voting mandatory, I knew instantly the folks over at America’s most watched conservative entertainment channel were going to lose their minds.
Take for instance the hosts on Outnumbered, who admitted that they don’t want every American to vote. In fact, they seemed almost disgusted at the idea of trying to find ways to make sure that we get as many people to vote as possible.
“Do we really want everybody voting?” co-host Andrea Tantaros asked. “I don’t think so!”
“If you’re not engaged enough to vote, please don’t,” co-host Melissa Francis also stated. “Stay home.”
Being that millions of Americans simply “straight-ticket vote,” I wonder how Ms. Francis feels about those particular voters. After all, wouldn’t someone simply voting for a party instead of each individual politician based upon where they stand on various issues be the ultimate sign that they’re “not engaged”? I’m willing to bet right now that quite a few voters (probably even a majority), on both the left and the right, couldn’t name their congressional representatives.
“I don’t understand where the president falls on this: Is he against freedom?” co-host Harris Faulkner asked.
This kind of nonsense is exactly what I expected from the likes of Fox News and the conservative media in general. Instead of taking his comments for what they were – simply a brainstormed suggestion to combat low voter turnout during elections – the hosts were quick to try to paint Obama as some kind of tyrant who hates freedom.
The Republican party has really become the anti-idea party. They take “traditional” to a whole other level. To even suggest something new, or even potentially groundbreaking, is tantamount to hating the Constitution and the United States.
But the bottom line is, Republicans don’t want more Americans voting. They’re well aware of the fact that when more Americans vote, the better it is for Democrats. The biggest advantage Republicans have is that their constituents are far more consistent voters, especially during midterms. I can guarantee you that just about every single time this nation experiences lower than normal voter turnout, that’s going to be good news for the GOP.
And you don’t have to look any further for an example of this than this past November when Republicans really didn’t “win” – Democrats simply lost.
Though anytime the topic of voting comes up I can’t help but refer back to my belief that no American should ever support any politician, or political party, that’s either trying to make voting more difficult or discourage voters from trying to vote at all.
Watch the segment below via Fox News: