Savage continues to draw protests for July remarks

Michael Savage via USA Today

It seems that Michael Savage is still drawing quite a bit of heat from his on-air comments on July 5th when he commented about a group of students who had announced they were “fasting in support of changes in immigration policy.”

“I would say, let them fast until they starve to death, then that solves the problem.”

In response, Gerardo Sandoval of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors categorized Savage’s comments as “symbolic of hatred and racism,” and introduced a failed resolution to condemn Savage

Gerardo Sandoval - District 11 Supervisor

The resolution Sadoval introduced to condemn Savage for his comments about illegal aliens failed.  But, in the interim, a group of mostly Hispanic protesters gathered outside Savage’s San Francisco radio station to demand his termination.

Now, as much as I tend not to like the way in which Savage conducts himself, a lot of the time, I do have to agree with him that “[t]o stop opinion by threatening legal action is akin to using the power of the State to control thought and speech”. 

I don’t guess that is too far removed from the Fairness Doctrine efforts, come to think of it, but that is for another post.

So, why did the resolution fail to reach the unanimous vote of all ten members?  Ed Jew, a Chinese-American whose grandfather immigrated to the U.S. several decades ago, voted against it and noted, “The First Amendment gives him the right to make those comments.”

Ed Jew - District 4 Supervisor

What a novel concept, huh?  Too bad the rest of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors didn’t get it.  Of course, Francisco Alvarado and the other organizers of the demonstration against Savage don’t get it either.

Instead, they wanted to stage a “die-in” and chanted “This is what you want! This is what you want!”, while protesters lay sprawled about the ground. 

Basically, it boils down to a couple of Constitutional rights, Savage’s right to free speech and the protesters’ right to assemble.

As for me, as much as I can’t believe I am siding with Savage, I want to see if the protesters have the fortitude to follow there fast through to the climax, when we don’t see immigration policy changed to allow them to return to the eating table as victors. 

Do I want to see anyone die from this situation?  Nope.  Am I going to lose sleep over it, if some of them do perish from their own foolishness?  Nope. 

It’s the protesters’ choice to assemble for this issue.  And, if the have the chutzpah to carry it through to that finale, so be it. 

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