On the Neal Boortz Show today, host Neal Boortz claimed that anyone who didn’t get their TVs converted to digital, they shouldn’t be allowed to vote. He also said that people still living in Katrina trailers should not be allowed to vote. He also claimed that anyone in Section 8 housing or on welfare should not be allowed to vote.
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
Boortz, “Nobody has griped yet about my idea that everybody that didn’t get their TVs converted to digital should have their voter registration cards seized…Everybody still living in a hotel or trailer after Hurricane Katrina, no votes, can’t vote again, ever, ever. Everybody living in Section 8 housing, should not, nobody living in Section 8 housing should be allowed to vote, and don’t give me this elderly, if you’re elderly and living in Section 8 housing, you’ve done a piss poor job of planning your life, no vote for you.”
He continued his rant later, “We have to do something to get the fools and the ignoramuses out of the voting booth in this country. It is beyond absurd that there are laws that require a local jurisdiction to register somebody to vote when they apply for welfare. That is so self destructive. It ought to be the exact opposite way, when you apply for welfare you should give up your voter registration card, not fill out a form.”
Boortz also claimed that there is no constitutional right to vote in a federal election, so he proposed that the nation create a common sense approach to keep people away from the voting booth on Election Day. Boortz believes the Fifteen Amendment does not apply, but Section 1 of the Fifteenth Amendment states that, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
More importantly, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and its legislative follow-ups ban the exact type of discrimination that Boortz is talking about. The reason why Boortz wants ban the poor from voting is because the majority are Democrats. When he refers to getting the fools out of the voting booth, he really means getting Democrats out of the voting booth. The fact that he is so willing to throw out the Democratic process puts him in the same league as the regime in Iran.
Women also vote heavily for Democrats. Does this mean that they too should lose the vote? Boortz wants to limit the vote to white male property owners. He is an extremist, but this is the type of thinking that is being shared on right wing talk radio. He is saying, damn the Constitution, Republicans want to win, even if we have to take away the right to vote to do so.