Free speech is this country is under assault. Liberals are ordering us to shut-the-hell up. Obamunists, particularly, are aiming at conservatives who disagree with wild-eyed spending and even more dangerous views on national security.
And now, gob-smacked talk show host Michael Savage is in the cross-hairs from Democratic allies overseas.
"...San Francisco-based conservative talk show host Michael Savage -- whose sharp-tongued right-wing commentary has earned him headlines across the U.S. -- is making news again: He's been banned in Britain.
Savage told The Chronicle in an exclusive interview this morning that he was shocked to learn the news that he was included in the British government's first-ever list of nearly two dozen people from across the globe who are banned from entering the nation for allegedly fostering extremism or hatred.
"When I woke up and saw this this morning ... my first thought was, damn, there goes the summer trip where I planned to have my dental work done," the "Savage Nation" host joked. "My second thought was, darn ... there goes my visit to the restaurants of England for their great cuisine."
But, he added, the issue is no laughing matter -- and represents a serious threat to free speech.
"Today it's me. Tomorrow it's someone else," he said. "My first reaction is, this can't be happening ... that the land of the Magna Carta has now become the land of the mini-Carta."
Let me point out the obvious, for just a moment, please.
Great Britain doesn't have First Amendment speech rights, or anything near the guarantees that we enjoy as Americans. That is why our country is special, and clearly superior to others across the globe (does that make me ethnocentric? YES, dammit.)
Regardless, this is clearly a dangerous precedent. Savage was lumped in with 16 of 22high profile persons whom the Brits deemed as "hateful" ...including Muslim extremists and Russian gang murderers.
While many people dislike some of things Savage has said, he is not a killer - he is a talk show host for cryin' out loud.
Savage says he is going to sue.
Good luck with that.
In the meantime, it is time to speak up before we all end up in a gulag whether it is one created by Communists, socialists, or Democratically elected members of our American Congress.
Absolute power corrupts. Absolutely.