Savage and the fall of the U.K.He is, however, still welcome in Mos Eisley.
It's been more than two years since Britain banned entry to American talk-radio phenom Michael Savage, along with a short list of terrorists, neo-Nazis murderers and other vile scum.
It was in May 2009 that the British government released a list of 16 persona non grata – banned so as to protect the country from provocateurs of violence.If only the Ministry of Silly Walks had placated the restive underclass two years ago by allowing Michael "Savage" Weiner to attend the Devonshire Clotted Cream Festival, these recent riots would never have occurred, and Lachlan wouldn't have gotten away from the Tesco with that long-handled garden fork and those two cans of Batchelors Marrowfat Peas.
Today we should ask London how that deal is working out for them.
I don't wish to make light of the tragedy of the rioting, looting and mayhem raging across the country"...I just wish to exploit it like a mortician selling a gold-plated coffin to a grieving widow."
...initiated by home-grown hooligans spoon-fed a diet of state socialism and mindless political correctness of the kind Savage is such an artful critic.This is one of those rare times when I must agree with Joe, because if there's anything that might have cheered up the beleaguered Brits during the late unpleasantness, it's the sight of Michael Savage interposing himself between the broken front window of a Footlocker and a group of hoodies, while artfully criticizing the National Health Service.
Incredibly, that ban on Savage is still in place – like a vexing stain on Britain's proud history of dialogue debate and free expression.Well, to be fair, the situation in Britain is volatile, the people are on edge, and introducing Michael Savage to the mix isn't likely to relieve the tension. I mean, have you heard his voice? It makes Quint's fingernails on that blackboard in Jaws sound like a harp glissando. Turn on his radio show, close your eyes, and you'll swear you're hearing the Frank Booth character from Blue Velvet, played by a howler monkey that's huffing helium through a kazoo.
The motivations behind Britain's unprovoked and unprecedented attack on an American political and cultural commentator are by now well understood.They didn't send a squadron of Typhoon F2s to bomb his house, they just wouldn't issue him a visa. By the same token, I don't consider it assault and battery when I fail to throw open the door and invite the Mormons in for coffee, especially since they wouldn't drink it anyway
However, in the process, they smeared – and continue to smear – a brilliant pundit and best-selling author, law-abiding and non-violent American celebrity citizen.
SAVAGE: Michael Savage.
CUSTOMS: Your passport says "Weiner."
SAVAGE: I am a Weiner, but I'm unusually fierce about it.
SAVAGE: I'm a brilliant pundit and best-selling author, law-abiding and non-violent American celebrity citizen.
CUSTOMS: And what is the purpose of your trip to Britain?
SAVAGE: I'm giving a seminar on "Writing a Catchy But Succinct Resume."
Now that Britain is aflame – and Savage is nowhere in sight as a provocateur – I thought it might be a good time to revisit this shameful episode in British politics.These may seem like two wholly discrete events -- separated by years and completely dissimilar in cause, kind, scale or impact -- but just stop and think for a moment. If correlation does not imply causation, then the opposite must also be true!
Banning an insightful, inspiring, entertaining and, yes, provocative American radio talk-show host from its shores did not protect Britain from the kind of violence it was attempting to prevent two years ago. That's for sure.I don't know, Joe. The way I see it is, banning Savage kept Britain free of mob violence for two years, and they should immediately re-ban him, because apparently it's worn off, or expired. Also, they should buy one of those tiger-repelling rocks, just to be safe.
It would seem apparent, however, that Britain has made less-than-perfect choices about whom to allow into the country and whom to keep out.Except it appears that most, if not all of the people who are doing the looting are British. So I don't really see your point, unless you're talking about Root Causes and implying that the UK ought never to have permitted non-Anglo-Saxon immigration in the first place, in which case I suppose we should blame the riots of 2011 on William the Conqueror.
Let me put it another way: Britain is worse off today for not having voices like Michael Savage's present. He's a witty sage of the airwaves – somebody you might think Britain would be inviting as an honored guest in a free and open society, especially one known for sometimes outrageous but brilliant satire.Here's some of the witty sage's wit, from around the time the British put up the Do Not Disturb sign:
"The children's minds are being raped by the homosexual mafia, that's my position. They're raping our children's minds."
"…I want to puke when I hear about a woman married to a woman raising children because, frankly, I think that it's child abuse to do that to children without their permission…"
"…I said so kill 100 million [Muslims], then there would be 900 million of them. I mean would you rather us die than them? I mean what is it gonna take for you people to wake up? Would you rather we disappear or we die? Or would you rather they disappear and they die? Because you're gonna have to make that choice sooner rather than later."
Imagine how much happier the vermin would be if only their government had allowed them access to this kind of brilliant satire."…I have a number of things that I am gonna demand and one of them is that no more Muslim immigrants come into this country. No more mosques be permitted to be built in this country…and yes we need racial profiling immediately… And how did these Muslims get into England?... These vermin, these vermins, snuck in under asylum laws and the only reason there was an asylum law is that the liberals of England…said that we have to be nicer to Muslims."
Put another way, America is much better off for the artistry of Michael Savage.Our vermin are as content as pigs in shit, and for largely the same reason.
The only threat Savage poses to a free society is that he might actually expose its concealed dark underbelly of secrets, its abuses, its contradictions, its injustices.While the major benefit he offers is the conviction that however secretive, abusive, contradictory or unjust the underbelly of your society may be, it's less dark than Michael Savage's overbelly.
No one has ever been killed as a result of a broadcast by Michael Savage, though I know many people who have been enlightened.I hear the Buddha is a big fan.
No one has ever been maimed as a result of a best-selling book by Michael Savage, though I know many people who have been entertained.And one who was so absorbed reading a Michael Savage book in his backyard chaise lounge that he didn't notice his leg was being gnawed off by wolverines. Police forensics experts would later say he had been "entermaimed."
No one has ever suffered property damage as a result of attending a lecture or performance by Michael Savage, though I know many have been intellectually challenged.Although Hitler suffered intellectual property damage when Savage appropriated some of his ideas for genocide.
All this is to say Britain has made some colossal mistakes in social policy that are self-evident from the images and videos and reporting we're all seeing. The misguided decision to ban a harmless troubadour of the right, a gifted soldier of passion and truth, needs to be remembered at a time like this.So the looting, the arson, the violence and the deaths? Forget about it. But remember this wandering minstrel of reaction, this adenoidal knight-inerrant, this rhapsodic percolator of pure thought, which brews the grounds of wisdom and rectitude into the decaf of courage and detritus, lightens it with the non-diary creamer of racism, and sweetens it with the Splenda of incitement to homicide. Remember him -- this rambling jongleur, this warbling, bunion-covered mummer of righteousness. This realm, this England, this Weiner.
I can only hope, once Britain resolves its current social crisis, the political class apologizes to Savage and opens its doors to a cherished and celebrated voice that could actually help address the root problems afflicting the country right now.From your lips to God's waste basket.