I have watched the video. Unfortunately, picked apart, it really doesn't help the argument.
To say that he'll never vote for the Dems ever again is so short sighted. Party dynamics change, party policies change. To show such intransigence is to commit yourself to blind acceptance, regardless of policies. I've voted Tory all my life in the generals and locals. would I refuse to vote for anyone else because of that? No, and nor should anyone. Surely we should vote for the people who best reflect our opinions/beliefs - even if that means changing your voting habits. To do anything else would be to deliberately vote against your own beliefs...
He's right about the myth of the switch. But it's difficult to say he's any kind of voice of reason, or that he's not blinded by propaganda. For example, he starts with a complaint against public schools, which is reasonable to a point, but it's not an argument to not vote democrat - it should be an argument to not vote, the list of complaints he gives would be as equally true for a GOP government as a Dem one, so you can't use it as a reason to refuse to vote for one in favour of the other. Public schools struggle because they're underfunded, teaching standards are poor and there's chronic ill discipline. That's true regardless of who holds the White House or Congress.
And he makes a good case for the ideological instabilities of lots of deprived cities where black people live below the poverty line having democratic governors. But he should probably be a little more accurate with his facts too...Martin Luther King refused to openly endorse any party and was quick to point out that both parties have failed black people:
'The ***** has been betrayed by both the Republican and the Democratic party. The Democrats have betrayed him by capitulating to the whims and caprices of the Southern Dixiecrats. The Republicans have betrayed him by capitulating to the blatant hypocrisy of reactionary right wing northern Republicans. And this coalition ...defeats every bill and every move towards liberal legislation in the area of civil rights.' (The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr: Symbol of the Movement, January 1957 – December 1958)
He also admitted that he'd always voted Dem in the past (when quizzed before the Eisenhower election) and later, publicly urged people to vote against GOP candidate Barry Goldwater. His personal papers also indicate he voted for but never publicly endorsed JFK.
And yes, the Dems have made good hay out of the poverty of black people - but so has the GOP and certainly the right wing Northern Republicans that King warned about have hardly helped in convincing black voters that the GOP has their interests at heart. The fact is that this video should be a case of a plague on both their houses, but instead he's picked one side, extolled its virtues and damned the other. He's just another chap with a reasonable argument, which like so many others on both sides, has got plenty of holes in it, much like both sides.
Also typifies why I'm so glad I don't live in America, thus don't have to vote for either of the parties!
Edit: Pigeonwatch has censored Martin Luther King! direct quote should read 'Ne.gro' Apologies to the Mods for dodging the censor filter, but it's Dr King saying it, so hopefully that makes it okay?