Published: July 26, 2016
I, Vincent Frank De Benedetto, the owner of this website, am a social conservative, and like popular radio talk show host Michael Alan Weiner (stage name "Michael Savage") a general adherent of the socio-political philosophy of borders, language, and culture. However, I'm chagrined that Mr. Savage is the de facto public face of this philosophy.
Having listened to his radio program The Savage Nation on many occasions, I had initially wondered which pejorative adjectives, which particular terms of opprobrium I would employ here to describe Mr. Savage. In fairly short order I realized that he possesses and displays a number of unpleasant behavioral and personality characteristics, and that my word choices were accordingly unlimited.
Mr. Savage, variously or concomitantly:
My critique of the words and behavior of Mr. Savage are rooted in the important tagline of this very website "Toward Wisdom & Love in our Global Society." Mr. Savage's deportment in communicating the conservative philosophy is certainly not one of wisdom and love.
Another odd and frankly unacceptable element in Mr. Savage's on-air behavior is his interminable and vitriolic diatribe against President Obama. This writer did not vote for the President, but finds Savage's interminable savaging of President Obama queer, inappropriate, and ultimately unpatriotic. It demeans not just the man but the office, undermining our projection of strength to the world. Accordingly, and given all this, I'd preliminarily call Savage a traitor. He is a shouting, ignoble lout who often directs his venom at the President; he can't seem to help himself. His inability to find anything at all that President Obama has done right is shared by most other right-wing talk show hosts, but Savage proffers invective on steroids. Sample his show for a few months if you can stomach it, and you'll experience it firsthand.
Here are a small set of examples, from one relatively short segment of just one of his broadcasts, that of Tuesday, July 26, 2016:
It's not that Mr. Savage's themes, subjects, points, and emotions are wrong. They are often right, and sometimes very right, as was, for example, his pointed anger expressed on his July 26, 2016 program upon learning that a Catholic priest had just been decapitated in Normandy, France. Generally, however, it's the way Mr. Savage expresses his themes and opinions. There is nothing wrong with standing up for a philosophy that comprises the effort to preserve one's culture. This is arguably a natural impulse common to all. That such an effort can be good public policy, as well, makes the endeavor even more attractive, and ultimately it is reasonable, just, and necessary.
But the manner in which this effort is clothed need not be tattered and stained with the detritus of hate, vitriol, insensitivity, hypocrisy, and moral illogic, which seems to be just about the only lingua franca Mr. Savage knows.
I continue to listen to Mr. Savage, intermittently, in part for want of a better alternative, in part because there are few public figures explicitly articulating the tri-partite philosophy of borders, language, and culture, and in part because as a political junkie I remain interested in his subject matter. However, I will also maintain my critique of his ugly and unsettling personal style and manner of communicating, and perhaps even conceptualizing, this philosophy.
And when a more articulate, responsible, and indeed loving advocate for the 3-part philosophy appears, I will readily reach for the tuning knob on my AM radio.
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