San Francisco Supervisors Condemn Michael Savage
City by the Bay’s Politicians Preach Tolerance But Won’t Tolerate Dissent
2007 Selwyn Duke
cannot be a coincidence that those who preach tolerance the most are often the
most intolerable. On Tuesday, the
San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to condemn talk show host Michael
Savage for “hate speech” after a failed attempt to do so in August.
Just for the record, there is no discernable correlation between hate and
hate speech, except that when leftists hate you, they will accuse you of it.
is precisely for this reason that Savage’s comments are not really germane to
the issue at hand. To be sure,
it’s not even correct to say they “inspired” this maelstrom, as the true
impetus behind it is a leftist dogmatism that cannot abide rightist dynamism.
And if Savage’s comments embodied anything, it was the latter.
Here is what he said, as I related it in my first piece
on this matter:
his July 5 broadcast Savage quipped, ‘I would say, let them fast until they
starve to death, then that solves the problem.’”
was a joke . . . much like the San Francisco supervisors.
Only, a funny one with a foundation in reality.
supervisors’ action was a resolution and not a law, which makes it symbolic.
Mostly, though, it was symbolic of the supervisors’ hypocrisy.
So let’s examine these inquisitors, these people who preach free love
but project free hate.
“The US should not have a military” Sandoval (yes, he actually said that),
the man who introduced the resolution, stated in August,
intolerant and racist comments of Michael Savage demand a strong
in the resolution
The City and County of San Francisco values the dignity of all its residents,
regardless of immigration status, and makes every affirmative effort to ensure
that all San Franciscans live in safety, free from discrimination . . .”
wonder, does this include people such as Michael Savage?
After all, not only have they imperiled him through their rabble-rousing,
they also discriminated against him in issuing this condemnation.
Moreover, they don’t seem very tolerant, either; that is, not when the
term is correctly understood. But
since I suspect that the supervisors’ dictionaries may be gratuitously
abridged – or perhaps don’t include many English words – allow me to
to the consensus in San Francisco, the word “discriminate” does not mean
acting upon bias against that which leftists hold dear; rather, it simply means
to choose one or some from among many.
word “tolerance” is more darkly understood.
The object of tolerance always involves something you perceive as a
negative; for instance, you’re not tolerant of a fine car or delectable meal
– you relish those things. You
would, though, have to tolerate a cold or bad weather, as you would perceive
these to be negatives. That is,
unless you’re a masochist, in which case you might have helped elect the San
this means is that if you like illegal aliens or homosexuals, you’re not
tolerant of them – you like them. It
then follows that only someone who perceives them (or their behaviors) as
negatives would be capable of tolerating them.
this understanding of the lexicon of the left, let’s now examine the
oh-so-tolerant and nondiscriminatory San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
certainly could demonstrate tolerance with respect to Michael Savage, as they
view his beliefs as a negative. But
don’t hold your breath waiting. Savage
is in good company, though, since the supervisors have a history of flaunting
their tolerance. In 2006, a
Christian youth group named “Teen Mania” held a rally in San Francisco,
prompting the supervisors to rally against them.
As writer Beth
Anderson put it:
. . the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution condemning the
event as an ‘act of provocation’ by a group they stated is ‘anti-gay and
anti-choice’ whose goal was to ‘negatively influence the politics of
America’s most tolerant and progressive city.’ (Emphasis added.)
the theme of anti-Christian activism, the supervisors also condemned a Christian
advertising campaign titled “Truth in Love,” which sent the message that
homosexuals could change their inclinations.
The board not only stated that those expressing such ideas were complicit
in “hate crimes,” it even went so far as to issue a resolution asking TV
stations not to run the ad.
what is with all this condemnation anyway? After
all, it seems that the only line of Scripture leftists know – and they use it
liberally – is “Do not judge lest you be judged”; yet, not only do they
judge, they issue official condemnations!
if you want to know exactly how much the supervisors eschew discrimination, just
ask the Boy Scouts. This great
American youth organization was banned from public schools by these politicians.
not all the supervisors’ judgments lead to condemnations and bans.
For example, they passed a law granting city employees up to 50,000
dollars of the taxpayers’ money for sex-change operations.
I guess this isn’t surprising, as many of the supervisors act like
a similar vein, the board passed a law prohibiting job discrimination against
cross-dressers and transsexuals, thereby showing no tolerance for an
employer’s moral right to run his business in accordance with the dictates of
his own conscience.
course, it’s not as if the supervisors squelch all liberty, perish the
thought. An advertisement was
recently released for the Folsom Street Fair (which is funded through the
city’s hotel tax), which, as CNSNews.com puts it:
. . depicts the Last Supper as a sadomasochism party . . .” and “. . .
replaces Jesus and his apostles with scantily leather-clad men and women sitting
at a table adorned with sex toys.”
capons and clucking hens on the board had nothing to say about that.
I suppose, though, they’re tolerant of such things.
Oh, I forgot, they cannot be.
it’s easy to make sport of the senseless, there is a serious issue here.
The City by the Bay is on the cutting edge of societal devolution.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ use of government muscle to
enforce a leftist orthodoxy has become the standard of the fascist left in much
of the western world. As I have documented
before, in places such as Europe, Canada and Australia, this practice has
spawned “hate speech laws,” Orwellian legislation that has already been
used to punish
those who dare utter politically incorrect sentiments.
our nation, the left’s intolerance first translated into the soft tyranny of
speech codes on college campuses, sensitivity training in corporations, and
self-censorship by the media and others. Now
we’re seeing a transitional phase. It
involves accustoming people to both government interference in matters of
political and social discourse and the concept that “hate speech” – an
illegitimate designation – is so damaging to society that it must not be
protected free speech. And once this
thoroughly imbues our national psyche, enacting hate speech laws will just be a
is why this issue matters: The actions of the supervisors are a portent of
things to come. As Michael Savage said, “This is a dry run against free speech
in America.” But it’s not the
first, and it won’t be the last.
if you think that is bad, just wait until practice is over.
That is a negative if I’ve ever seen one. And it’s not one we should tolerate for a moment.
Selwyn Duke is a freelance writer out or Larchmont, NY. He has written for various publications including: IntellectualConservative.com, AmericanThinker.com and is a regular columnist for RenewAmerica.us.