By Jeffrey T. Kuhner
Excerpts (boldfaced underlined sections my doing)
Britain‘s new coalition government, led by Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, has decided to uphold the ban against Michael Savage, the popular talk-radio host. Mr. Savage, who is based in San Francisco, has more than 8 million listeners on about 400 stations. His is the third most highly rated talk show in America. (Full disclosure: I have guest-hosted for Mr. Savage‘s show on numerous occasions.) London announced that the ban will not be lifted until Mr. Savage repudiates “previous statements” considered to pose a “threat” to public security.
The ban represents a fundamental assault on freedom of speech. In Britain‘s brave new world, the words of a talk-show host are akin to suicide bombers and gangsters. Ideas must be outlawed. Thought crimes suppressed.
Moreover, there is not a shred of evidence that Mr. Savage has ever – even once – incited hatred or called for violence against anyone. The charges are not only baseless but slanderous. They are lies.
For years, liberal hate groups such as Media Matters have sought to portray Mr. Savage – and other conservative radio hosts (including yours truly) – falsely as virulent neo-fascists who hunger for a right-wing apartheid regime that kicks around women, minorities, gays and Muslims. This is the twisted, perverse caricature peddled by leftists – and willfully swallowed by the British government.
Unable to win the battle of ideas, they resort to smears and cheap demonization. The goal: to delegitimize and criminalize conservative thought. Today it is Mr. Savage. Tomorrow it will be Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity who will be on a government-sanctioned enemies list.
By deliberately putting Mr. Savage‘s name beside those of murderers and criminals, London has painted a massive target on his back. Deranged Islamic extremists might be tempted to assassinate him, striking a blow for jihad. Mr. Savage is a hunted man. Fatwas have been issued against him. He is the Salman Rushdie of our time.
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Since the end of the Cold War, the GOP and the Democratic Party have increasingly morphed into a statist corporatist oligarchy that champions open borders and free trade. The result has been the gradual dissolution of America. Our borders are a bleeding sore; uncontrolled immigration is rampant; our industrial base is dwindling; factories and jobs are outsourced overseas; the middle- and working-classes are shrinking; government spending is out of control; the national debt is exploding; and special interests dominate Washington. Traditional America is dying.
Unlike most conservatives, Mr. Savage is not a globalist. He is a blood-and-soil nationalist who understands that America’s salvation rests on returning to its enduring Judeo-Christian roots – constitutional government, family, faith and patriotism. He is unwilling to accommodate either economic globalization or the myths of multiculturalism.
This is his real crime. To the internationalist left and globalist right, his traditionalist views are out of fashion and out of date – even dangerous. Ultimately, that is why Mr. Cameron decided to preserve the ban. It also is why most Republicans and conservatives maintain a deafening silence: He is not one of their own. Hence, they will not lift a finger for him. His flinty nationalism is not welcome in today’s GOP of Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove and Rush Limbaugh.
“This should be a lesson to anyone who thinks that if the Republicans get in this November there will be any real change,” Mr. Savage said. “Just like the conservatives in England have continued the failed policies of the leftist Gordon Brown, most Republicans will continue most of the same destructive policies that [President] Obama started.”
If that is true, then the Republican Party deserves to go into the ash heap of history. The GOP should insist that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pressure London into rescinding the ban. Freedom of speech and expression are the cornerstones of Western civilization. Unless they are defended, they will die a slow death – another casualty in the relentless march of Islamist conquest.