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The Young Turks have some fun with the Voter Photo ID issue

Minnesota Majority, an organization whose slogan is “Standing Together for Traditional Values,” supports the idea of requiring photo ID’s for voting and put a banner on its website supporting the idea. The drawing on the banner shows the kind of people that might be able to vote without such a law: A convict, an undocumented alien, a superhero, a ghost and zombie.

TakeAction Minnesota, which oppose the proposed voter ID constitutional amendment, held a press conference to denounce what it considers race-baiting represented by the banner. (Minnesota Majority responded by accusing TakeAction of “playing the race card.”

The “Young Turks,” a duo of satirist/commentators who have built a large audience online and now also appear on the cable channel “Current TV” (which, to make sure I push all the buttons, is affiliated with Al Gore), did a segment mocking what they considered racial stereotyping in the Minnesota Majority graphic, since the cartoon convict is a black man and the illegal immigrant is portrayed as man in mariachi costume and a sombrero.

The Young Turks (one of whom is actually a Turk or Turkey-born American but the other of whom is actually a young Armenian-American woman, which makes all the ethnic references in this post that much more stupefying and/or politically incorrect) mocked the flyer for a while, but also included the response of Minnesota Majority (which they also mocked).

The Turks noted that elsewhere on the flyer, the Moral Majority depicted a proper voter with a photo on his driver’s license. And, the Young Turks note that this is a white fellow. But seem to be unaware that the white fellow is Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, the chief election official of our fair state. On the other hand, Minnesota Majority did not disclose that Sec. Ritchie opposes the voter ID amendment.

Anyway, here’s the video:

Comments (12)

  1. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 02/22/2012 - 04:24 pm.

    The version is so much better

    So they replaced the black convict with a white convict because the problem is people voting from inside prison. Oh right, they can’t. The Canadian to replace the Mexican makes sense, because we have loads of Canadians streaming down here to vote in our elections, though it isn’t true they all wear maple leaf t-shirts. Those are Americans who vacationed in Canada.

    The Canadians all wear mountie uniforms. I see them lined up every election at my polling place.

    My apologies to anyone offended by my mocking tone. My excuse is I’m treating this with the seriousness it deserves.

  2. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 02/22/2012 - 04:24 pm.

    Hmmm. I thought Minnesotans were too polite (not to mention well-read and educated) to use stereotypes as patently ridiculous as these.

    The best part, however, is the photo on the photo ID…

  3. Submitted by Eric Ferguson on 02/22/2012 - 04:34 pm.

    The version is so much better

    So they replaced the black convict with a white convict because the problem is people voting from inside prison. Oh right, they can’t. The Canadian to replace the Mexican makes sense, because we have loads of Canadians streaming down here to vote in our elections, though it isn’t true they all wear maple leaf t-shirts. Those are Americans who vacationed in Canada.

    The Canadians all wear mountie uniforms. I see them lined up every election at my polling place.

    My apologies to anyone offended by my mocking tone. My excuse is I’m treating this with the seriousness it deserves.

  4. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 02/22/2012 - 04:47 pm.

    Me, being the big helper once again…..

    “Illegal immigrant” is not a race. “Superhero” isn’t a race. “Zombie” isn’t a race.

    Viewing the world through skin color isn’t a race either…but it’s racist.

    Glad to help.

    • Submitted by Christa Moseng on 02/23/2012 - 08:56 am.

      racism

      And all mariachis/traditionally-latin-garbed people are not illegal immigrants. And suggesting that they are by using them as visual shorthand for illegal immigrant IS racist.

      I’m sure someone with a keenly-developed sense of racism like yourself can appreciate that. But apparently the folks at Minnesota Majority aren’t as sophisticated as you or I.

  5. Submitted by Neal Rovick on 02/22/2012 - 04:58 pm.

    The real problem is to be rectified by the Voter ID is that the “Minnesota Majority” isn’t the majority.

  6. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 02/22/2012 - 05:22 pm.

    Looking at the Deepest Depths of “Not Getting It”

    Isn’t it fascinating to observe, in the responses of the “Minnesota Majority” (which represents the Majority of Minnesotans only in their dreams),…

    that they are among those who not only are NOT getting it,…

    but are so blinded by the dysfonic alternate-reality bubble in which they dwell that they are incapable of understanding what it is they aren’t getting (or even that there could possibly be anything to “get”).

    In fact it is quite likely that, since their alternate-reality bubble is impervious to any and all information that does not reinforce that same dysfonic perspective, they actually believe that the vast majority of Minnesotans do, indeed, agree with them.

    Of course no evidence to the contrary is allowed to enter their awareness. If they are figuratively buried in the coming election, they will refuse to believe it and will, instead, insist that there was massive “voter fraud.”

    The total inability of anyone (including themselves) to find examples of voter fraud will NEVER undermine their complete confidence that without it, they would have won.

    In response to their internal assumption that it is ONLY voter fraud that could possibly be causing elections to go against them, they will feel perfectly justified in trying any and all methods to rig future elections in their own favor.

  7. Submitted by James Hamilton on 02/22/2012 - 07:22 pm.

    You’d think they’d have an in-house liberal

    to gag-check their ads before going public.

  8. Submitted by Beryl John-Knudson on 02/23/2012 - 07:30 am.

    So much for traditional tribalism…

    And then again…”Next to power without honor, the most dangerous thing in the world is power without humor” Eric Sevareid

  9. Submitted by Logan Foreman on 02/23/2012 - 10:05 am.

    rejected As ridiculous as the Moral

    As ridiculous as the Moral Majority – not moral or the majority

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