Oh-oh: Holder wants to grow voter turnout

  • Article by: George Will , Washington Post
  • Updated: December 19, 2012 - 8:21 PM

This is another thing the feds should just leave alone. Less is more.

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pumiceDec. 20, 1212:09 AM

Think about the subhead... "[Voting] is another thing the feds should just leave alone. Less is more." Less voting is more??? What an elitist, anti-democratic perspective on participatory, representative government!

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arielbenderDec. 20, 12 1:00 AM

We should be celebrating as many of our citizens participating in the electoral process as possible.

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birdmanbob4Dec. 20, 12 3:52 AM

This story quotes the author 'SANDUSKY' in a story about Obama...This truly is a quiescence because just today I was telling a friend that BOTH Bill Ayers as well as Obama in his book Dreams of my Father also both quote 'SANDUSKY' in the Poem Chicago....and even a bigger quiescence is that they both make the same (( MISS QUOTE )) in their respective books!!!!!!!! Ayers and Obama, however, go beyond citing Sandburg. Each quotes the opening line of his poem "Chicago." From Dreams: He poured himself more hot water. "What do you know about Chicago anyway?" I thought a moment. "Hog butcher to the world," I said finally. From Parent: "At the turn of the century, Chicago had a population of a million people and was a young and muscular city - hub of commerce and industry, the first skyscraper city, home of the famous world exposition, "hog butcher to the world" - bursting with energy." This I would call a B-level match. What raises it up a notch to an A-level match is the fact that both misquote "Chicago," and they do so in exactly the same way. The poem actually opens, "Hog butcher for the world."

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odinmanDec. 20, 12 7:18 AM

The vast majority of non voters in this country have zero knowledge of the issues, the candidates or what the candidates stand for and have no interest in politics. It is bad enough that the current "Get out the Vote" drives round up people who have no intention of voting anyway and bring them to the polls...telling them who to vote for (all Dems of course) along the way. I agree with this piece. Leave well enough alone.

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firefight41Dec. 20, 12 7:26 AM

We should be celebrating as many of our citizens participating in the electoral process as possible************** Why? Ones vote does not count when voting for a president. Besides, with the candidates that both parties keep offering, there is not enough money to get me to the voting booth.

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cstoney48Dec. 20, 12 7:35 AM

Who ever said George embraces majoritarian democracy? He believes in an oligarchy championed by the sort of Founder John Jay who stipulated that "Those who own the country ought to govern it." Isn't that the same belief of American reactionaries today?

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rlundl02Dec. 20, 12 8:50 AM

Will has some points. The registration and voting process is time consuming but not onerous. Anyone not willing to forth the minimal effort required should not be voting anyway. Second, a free people are also free to not participate. No Pledge of Allegiance if you don't want to pledge.

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beezer1Dec. 20, 1210:32 AM

"The vast majority of non voters in this country have zero knowledge of the issues, the candidates or what the candidates stand for and have no interest in politics."

Unfortunately there is also a vast majority of voters who have zero knowledge of the issues and what the candidates stand for. You have have a lot of people who don't even realize they are voting against their own best interests. Being misinformed is just as dangerous as being uninformed.

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circleoflifeDec. 20, 1212:05 PM

odinman "The vast majority of non voters in this country have zero knowledge of the issues, the candidates or what the candidates stand for and have no interest in politics" Actually, the last election proves that the majoring of VOTERS in this country have zero knowledge of the issues or candidates.

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hawkeye56379Dec. 20, 1212:15 PM

rlundl02 said: "a free people are also free to not participate"----------- Of course they are. And no one is saying anything to the contrary. Will is just raising that false "issue" and attempting to attribute it to his political opponents.

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