Young Turks: Republican Admits Voter Registration Laws Intended to Stop Opposition, Discriminate against Poor

This is yet another video from The Young Turks commenting on American politics, which is nevertheless acutely relevant over here. I realise I’ve put up a lot of ’em, and some readers might be wondering what the point of them are. I’ve put them up because much of British politics is now deliberately modelled on the Americans. Thatcher’s Conservatives took over workfare from Reagan’s Republicans. And Tory policy is absolutely saturated with Republican ideas.

One of the reforms Cameron has introduced are changes to electoral registration that have wiped 7 million off the electoral rolls. That’s no accident, and it’s not intended to voter fraud. It’s intended to stop the poor, Blacks and other ethnic minorities voting, as these groups vote for Labour. Just as in the US, poor Whites and Blacks tend to vote Democrat.

In this video below, The Turks’ anchor, Cenk Uyghur, comments on an interview between one of the journos, Osif Monvie, on the Daily Show with Don Yelton, the Republican chairman for Buncombe County in North Carolina. Yelton is remarkably honest, to the point that he lost his post in the party. Yelton openly admitted that the voter laws were passed to discriminate against poor Whites, Blacks, and students, to stop them voting Democrat.

Monvie asked the question whether or not the law was racist and Yelton himself was racist.
Yelton replied ‘I’ve been called a bigot before.’ He did, however, sort of try to deny that he was actually racist by stating that one of his friends was Black.

Monvie questioned him about a statement on Yelton’s Facebook page, where he compared Obama to a witchdoctor. Yelton tried to excuse this by saying, ‘Yeah, but I was talking about his White half.’

He then apparently got a bit nostalgic for the days when White people call refer to Blacks as ‘N*ggers’, and asked why they could carry on doing it, when Whites couldn’t.

His response to the disenfranchisement of university students, poor Whites and Blacks was the following: ‘so be it’.
On students ‘Well, if a bunch of college kids can’t vote, so be it. Well, they should have gone down and got themselves a photo ID.’

‘If Whites don’t do it, so be it.’

If a bunch of lazy Blacks who want the government to give them everything won’t do it, so be it.

Monvie raised the point that the law discriminated against Blacks, college students and Democrats. Yelton’s response? ‘Gee’. Which pretty much means ‘Yes’, even before he frankly admitted it:

‘Well, the point of the law was to kick Democrats in the butt.’

And the precise number of voter fraud cases? ‘One or two’. In other words, it was insignificant.

Now I realise that this was an American politicians talking about America. But these policies have been imported over here by Cameron, and so Yelton’s comments similarly apply over this side of the Atlantic.

Don’t have any illusions. Despite Cameron’s purge of racists from the Tories, they still are a very racist party, and Cameron has absolutely no compassion or remorse for the suffering he has inflicted on the working class or university students by raising tuition fees. Yelton’s comments could come from just about anyone of the Tories, but they’d probably be too savvy to say them out loud.

Just about.

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