Felony Disenfranchisement: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

čas přidán 10. 09. 2018
Many people with felony convictions are unfairly prohibited from voting, and the worst state for this - surprise - is Florida.
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  • The State dong of Florida is "Waay Down Upon The Suwanee[Swanee] River" written by the genius and anti-slavery American composer Stephen Foster, who gotinspiration for many of his songs from his friendships in his natal, free state of pennsylvania[since the Revolution] where his lyrics advanced withthe progress of racial relations from the "N-word" which at the time of his boyhood was viewed as an improvement over the term "Blacks" which was indicative of anomals[As in "My carriage was pulled by a team of blacks(horses) or my pack of hounds had two blacks(dogs), and was subsquently changed to darkies, then Coloreds, then Negros, then blacks again and in Rap and Hip-Hop lyrics the "N-word" has seen its reappearance. All this is good and shows ah healthy evolution, but it has wrongly gotten a man who always was for abo;ition, equality and civil rights and who spoke out and acknowledged his indebtedness for much of his talent to his friendshps with free fellow citizens of a different hue froom his boyhood along the Allegheny River near Pittsburgh, PA which is unusual in any lyricist or composer. The city of pittsburgh noptably in an act of total moronic philistinism unplanted a dual statue indicative of this, paid for by African-American and wite children onoring the man which was created by an Italian-american immigrant whose next gig was the erection of a statue of Vulcan, roman god of smiths, forging a thunderbolt of Zeus[or a spear] for the city of Birmingham Alabama in the height of Jim Crow laws out of coal black cast iron, and to the honor of the Birminghamites, they were proud of it, others outside forcing its painting over the years to other shades. Hopefully Pittsburgh will eventually get over its bout of extreme cowardice and replant the statuary where it should be viewed by everyone who vistis the town, it is an amazing example of racial harmony and progressive justice, that should not be hidden because some people equate either havign had a slave int ehir ancestry as something shameful or viw anyone dressed in old clothes and fishing as somehow in shackles, when in fact when one is fishing, one is in the ultimate state of freedom, from cares, from tasks and chores, from nagging, etc. And plamntations were not always worked by slaves[cf Rhode Island] nor is there any shame of having had ancestors who did live on them, in any caoacity, They just were.

  • This actually is a well balanced clip from Oliver - thats rare. So kudos for that! First off all the Florida culture review is spot on :) Considering how many felons are made felons by plea bargains and out of fear not fighting for the sake of their home family ... we really should start looking at amending the Constitution to allow for at least Federal voting. This is not a Republican Democrat issue - it was in the framing. I don't think states should get in the way of Federal elections - whereas perhaps they may have more say in the State/Local elections.

  • Does this disenfranchisement also apply to white collar crimes?

  • When you allow a government to take away someones "right", neither you nor them will have "rights", as you have allowed your government to change the legal definition of a "right" to a "privilege".

  • If felony disenfranchisement is ok, then we should also ban rich people from voting, right?

  • I'm surprised this segment didn't pick up on the fact that questions about religion are probably only one of ways they try to determine a person's political affiliation before giving voting rights back. They have the power to tilt the scales for their own political party. Also, you've done segments on racial inequality for conviction and sentencing, so put that together with this obvious attempt to remove voters of the other party. It's not some conspiracy, it's just him using the power he has to help himself. Get rid of the law now, because you know votes are swinging Democratic so you don't want the next person in the office to have the same power. Make it a law instead of a bias choice.

  • if terrorists could vote, they would vote Democratic

  • The felons can just run for president...

  • What if they were wronfully convicted making Women the majority vote

  • I’ve lived in Florida for about a year and instantly knew it was going to be Florida #JustFloridaThings

  • Why do I have to use a VPN to watch your show now? -NZ

  • Go Gators!

  • Mitch McConnell needs a dirt nap!

  • FUCKINGTIMEOUT. Bush won by ONE vote :-).

  • Someone should argue this shit under double jeopardy.

  • Congratulations on the Emmy WINNNNNNNN!!!!!

  • Next up - Democrats demand that child rapists get to vote on Child Beauty pageants, so they'll get to rape the cutest ones. There is no bottom to leftist depravity, you are factual criminals and karma will hold you responsible for your criminality.

  • Ok so we should give back gun rights to convicted felons too?

  • theres a reason floridians call Scott Voldemort

  • Rick Scott at Heavens Gate: You can sort of imagine the dialogue..... "This is a board of Mercy; there are no rules - only My mercy" ........ "Did you go to church?" .........

  • GATORS!

  • Not only is felony disenfranchisement ridiculous and immoral, it is also a cycle. The point about few citizens with felony convictions having actually committed violent crimes is evidence of that. If someone's punishment is disproportional to the crime, as would be the case in many drug cases, that may very well compel them to vote for candidates more in touch with reality. So, if you're a dickhead and want to keep your job, just make sure they can't vote against you. While you're at it, make some Voter ID laws, Gerrymander the shit out of everything, and do whatever else you can do to keep minorities, the poor, and anyone else whom would want reform from threatening your position. We have some major issues to solve as a nation if we want to keep considering ourselves a true democracy. This is a huge deal, but also still a drop in the bucket.

  • Congratulations on your Emmy!

  • This is really bad....

  • If you lose your right to vote, then you should lose your right to pay taxes. Taxation without representation is a powerful argument here.

  • They gave me a 3,000 bail for speeding 5 mph over the limit at 1st appearance... But it was a white guy who was in a high speed city chase I mean on the sidewalk hitting mailboxes and all, And they let him go on a R.O.R.!!!! HMMM I WONDER WHY!!!!

  • Haebeus corpus any one?

  • Mr. Oliver, please talk about the Brazilian elections.

  • No. America is already far too lenient with its criminals. People seem to show disbelief when you say you don't speed, don't do drugs, of drive while drunk. It's madness, and the death penalty must be used far more often.

  • I know what you did from 2006 to 2010! ....You watched "That Mitchell & Webb Look" and adapted part of David Mitchell's comedical repertoire and style.

  • Fucking shocking, florida should be ashamed

  • I'm not sure I want a guy taking his goat for a walk on rainy days, to have the decisive vote on anything that has consequenses for me.

  • Bet white people don't get felonies and it does not get enforced on white people. Just Jim Crow in a Faux Nazis disguise! How many more centuries must we APPEASE all these NAZIS? The only good nazi is a dead nazi!

  • I'm usually on board with most things they argue on this channel but I'm pretty against this one. Pretty much every point made for why they should be able to vote again is a flimsy one. Still love the channel though. Keep up the great work guys!

  • i think the atmosphere in florida is made up of acid

  • What makes the problem worse is that too many people are incarcerated. You can be arrested for anything. The u.s. incarcerates more of it population than any other country. But you can't blame them when you realize how much money they make off of it, on top of the cost to taxpayers it really makes no sense.

  • As always funny video! Love from Portugal :D

  • 0:23 - it's SO obviously "DISH LAMP" (or "WISH LARD")

  • You would think this practice was unconstitutional... In many countries you can even vote in prison, unless it explicitely is part of your sentence that you can't

  • So did the mice get to him? John seems to have disappeared this last week. #SpaceMouseConspiracy

  • You who ARE allowed to vote can send these crooked, prejudiced GOP idiots to the scrap heap y’know? Weed possession is an embarrassing reason for 2nd class citizenry ... man, talk about land of the lost ... right Rick Scott ?

  • Miami doesn’t claim northern Florida please don’t lump us in with them we have our own brand of crazy

  • The USA is not Christian at ALL: read the Bible and live accordingly. Who are you to judge. The USA is in an atrocious, dark place!

  • I wonder what color skin gets the most restoration of civil rights.

  • I think the space mice got him! No new show this weekend?

    • Dear John Oliver, are you still alive? Did the space mice get you? Are you a space mouse? You aren't? Cause I think you are, that's exactly what a space mouse would say!

  • that would b so fucking funny seeing sharpie bearded ppl at the ballot

  • This is insane, I think that once you are released from prison, your voting rights should be restored. You did the time, did the time, now we as a society need and want you you to become a productive member of society. We want you to enter the legal workforce. And as you pay taxes, you should have a right to be represented.

  • But what IS the wheel of fortune answer?!?!

  • This video is one of the most effective, scathing indictments of Rick Scott I've seen.

  • Is this show done until 02/18/2019?

  • How can it be a "court" if it doesn't adjudicate any laws?

  • Mercy ? Your words, Rickie show that it's a court of discrimination.

  • Couldn't figure out how to contact y'all. Here's a link to some douche on the internet making money on your work: cs-tv.org/tv/video-o8nOKw-3zrw.html

  • It's against human rights to block people who got incarcerated from voting.

  • HOLY SHIT.. Bay County, Panama City. haha😂😂 The guy walking his goat is a homie. The funny thing is not even a felon.

  • if all our convicts are truly guilty and deserving lifelong harsh treatment a la Les Miserables, then it would stand to reason that our country is not great, as it must obviously be filled with the most vile people in the world. either our country is a horrible place filled with horrible people necessitating all these arrests and convictions, or our government is corrupt and many innocent people are being persecuted, stripped of rights, jobs, and housing for no reason what so ever while our populace cheers them on unabashedly. (Note that logically, our country cannot be great and have the highest incarceration record in the world, but it can be both horrible and have the highest incarceration rate in the world- that actually makes sense).

  • Talk about brazilian elections, i mean, we are almost electing another Trump here!

  • I just don't believe that you people are not going to talk about brazilian elections. It's such a mess right now and you'd have so much material to talk about.

  • If Turtleman Mitch is against it, I'm for it.

  • Life judges and no voting rights even after completing a prison sentence. America is not a leader at all, it is a backward country.

  • I think those felons are not even humans. That's why it's okay for me, to keep two of them looked in my basement, so if ever I feel like I need someone to live out my sexual or sadistic desires or simply need someone to do my laundry because I'm to lazy to do it myself, I use them. I mean some SJW might find this objectionable but I'm a law-abiding citizen like you and they are worthless criminals. If they did not want to end up as my personal slaves in my basement, they should have just followed the law, it's not that hard, amIright?

  • You CANT vote because you are a bad hombre, you are a citizen but still you rape, deal with drugs and become to M13 for white dudes.

  • Of course, keeping the felons from voting also makes it so that those who are disenfranchised can't vote out the lawmakers or the governor.

  • Do you really think most felons are the type of people who would vote anyway lol?

  • AS a European i'm always amazed at how crazy U.S.A is. Thanks for keeping me entertained i guess.

  • For ur attention. This is happening in the 21st century in a developed nation

  • This is wrong by the Governor Rick Scott

  • Is there nothing new this week again?

  • I have to agree with you to a degree. I was with you until you used the typical liberal race card to pander. But I’m curious would you care as much about the restoration of the felons gun rights. When the time is served it should be a restoration of ALL rights. You’re square with the house...

  • You guys should do one on rent control. It caps the price of rent for everyone while forcing apartments to accept section 8 tenants and treat them ad equal renters. It also regulates how landlords operate to an extent. Mine are fucking evil and can legally discriminate against. That said it's almost to impossible to prove discrimination, retaliatory eviction, and other common things. Rent control would stop a lot of that. Just and idea.

  • How the hell is a Floridian Governor allowed to influence the vote on the Presidency and Congress, shouldn`t the President or Congress decide which people can vote for National elections ? Who the hell is in charge of the USA anyway. It`s unbelievable that every state can make their own mind up. Doesn`t the constitution have any rule/law in place like "no individual has the right to impede a natural person`s right to vote" (or something) Because that`s what he is literally doing.

  • I love how republicans are not okay with rapists, murderers, and terrorists voting on grounds that they may be dangerous and could hurt our democracy but they're perfectly happy to arm all of thee above with guns.

  • That's a freaking star chamber. In the USA! That's both appalling and nuts.

  • What’s church ?

  • Florida 🤦🏻‍♀️ Get out & VOTE in NOVEMBER! There is a silver lining: when Mueller is done with the tRumps none of them will be able to vote much less run for any form of office..... ...because you can’t run in shackles. 👍🏼 Oh yeah and Rick Scott is evil.

  • As a Floridan, this is so accurate, but yet makes me proud to be Floridan (except for Rubio and Rick Scott who is running for Senate).

  • I was actually forced to go to Tallahassee FL by tour choir😂

  • No, serving your sentence does not prove that you've reformed, in fact many do not. They should regain their voting rights back after a period of time and if they commit felonies again, it should be harder for them to regain it each time.

  • If you are not a convicted felon and the Police in your area have different "plans for America "than what you believe in they will personally see to it to take you out of the voting process. This has been going on way too long! This happens to minorities more than anyone else which is disgusting, It also happened to me (not a minority) because I am an activist for protecting all of our rights, a peaceful one. People think this doesn't effect them but it affects the whole world. Eventually if you stand up for our rights, you will be taken down! We can't go on like this.

  • WPLG mentioned this episode at noon in S. FL but not how it violates the Fifth and Eighth Amendments.

  • Thank you John Oliver.

  • Honestly, what happened to unalienable rights? By not letting felons vote after time served, you are standing in the way of their rights.

  • lmao that governor is a bumbling idiot... ive seen high schoolers in debate club make more sense than him. howd he even get elected??

  • 1.4 million felons in Florida. Your parents must be so proud.

  • Democrats................suck to new heights.

  • If you are in prison, you're an idiot. No rights to vote. Once you leave prison, you can vote.

  • What's really sad: 61M people can't vote because of a felony... That's about 1/5 of America. 1 out of 5 Americans committed a felony? Ouch.

  • Looks like America found a loophole for the Voting Rights Act.

  • GO GATORS!

  • I love John Oliver's show.. he takes the most complicated/dry/complex issues and concepts in politics and makes it easy/brings attention to them on his show.

  • wow that transition when he talked to florida was beautiful

  • How much you want to bet that Rick Scott is hiding some seriously dark skeletons in his closet? Because nobody who leans that far to the right has a clean, skeleton-less closet.

  • Nonviolent felons should be allowed to vote still...

  • I wish he wasn’t so liberal. I think John is so funny but I disagree with most of his opinions. It’d be fun to hear him do some things from a more conservative standpoint.

  • I have personally dealt with a similarly ridiculous, unfair, and unconscionable system, but I find the "do you go to church" question even more nonsensical and deplorable than anything I ever experienced. Not only does religion bring out the worst in people, but if you need religion to encourage you to be a decent person, then you likely aren't a good person in general! Kids raised in religious households have been shown to be more selfish and less altruistic than those raised without religion - not to mention the inherent questions of intelligence when someone firmly subscribes to a religious faith. If anything, saying that you don't go to church should work in your favor!

  • that's insane

  • Why does the Governor have time to sit on such a ridiculous board?

  • George Washington would have been a felon in England; Abraham Lincoln would have been a felon anywhere in America where people fuck their relatives. The difference is that they were White men.

  • I don't want people That cant take care of their own shit, voting on the countries direction. You can make jokes. But thats the real shit.

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