Recently the President mused about making voting mandatory. Mr. Obama said, "It would be transformative if everybody voted – that would counteract money more than anything." The plan probably would end up with even more money being spent on elections. Hordes of additional disinterested voters would be ripe for cheesy catch phrases with attack ads showing candidates filmed in black and white, while moving ominously in slow motion.
It might be transformative if everyone decided voluntarily to vote, but the mandatory part is a little spooky. There's something odd about being forced to exercise freedom. Imagine compulsory recitations of the pledge of allegiance. Sure, we make the kiddies say words they might not understand, but we grownups aren't going to be told what to do. A lot of folks enjoy flying American flags at their homes but that pride and satisfaction would scatter to the wind if flag display was required under penalty of law.