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Vote, Or Else!

Norm Ornstein thinks Americans should be forced to vote.  Uh, no. For one thing, one should have the right to withhold one’s vote. For another, I don’t want people who can’t be bothered to vote under normal circumstances turning up to cancel out the votes of people who do care enough to do so. If everyone, including idiots and jackasses, must vote, then there will be a powerful incentive for idiots and jackasses to stunt-vote clowns into office.

Granted, it might not make things noticeably worse than they are now. Still.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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