Wow: Obama Just Went VERY Far, Even By His Standards – ‘Then White Folks…’
“then white folks didn’t want women…”
America’s voting system is rooted in racism and laws that “unabashedly discourage” some Americans from voting, President Barack Obama told law school students Thursday. Obama said mandatory voting to “reduce some of the polarization” could be the answer.
“We really are the only advanced democracy on earth that systematically and purposefully makes it really hard for people to vote,” Obama told students at the University of Chicago School of Law. “There is no other country on earth that does that. There is a legacy to that that grows directly out of a history in which first propertied men, then white men, then white folks didn’t want women, minorities, to participate in the political process and be able to empower themselves in that fashion. That’s the history. We should be a society in which at this point we should say, yeah, that history is not so good.”
“That can’t be right. There is no justification for that. You can’t defend it,” he said.
Obama then suggested his solution.
“Maybe the single biggest change that we could make in our political process that would reduce some of the polarization, make people feel more invested and restore integrity to the system is just make sure everybody is voting,” Obama said. “Australia has got mandatory voting. If you start getting 70 or 80 percent voting rates, that’s transformative.”
“At this point, we should be at the point were we say, ‘You know what? We want everybody to vote.’ Because that’s the essence of our democracy,” Obama said.
The president did not cite specific laws, but in the past has opposed state-level voter ID laws. Obama spoke to the Chicago law students just days after
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