Anti-Semitism History Holocaust Politics World War II

The last rant about Michael Savage for a while…I promise

Yesterday, I wrote a bit about Michael Savage’s attack on George Soros, in which he stated that “people like you give Jews a bad name, Soros. It’s people like you who brought about the Holocaust, Soros. I stand by those words.”

Admittedly, at the time I wrote my little rant, I didn’t know that Michael Savage is, in fact, Jewish himself. My bad. I should have checked and was a bit embarrassed to have to have it pointed out to me by a reader. In actuality, after it was pointed out to me I did remember that I had heard somewhere that Savage’s real name is Michael Alan Weiner. Sadly, the fact that Savage is Jewish didn’t get by the White Power Rangers over at the National Vanguard (warning: this link leads to white nationalist and racist rantings):

SAN FRANCISCO – Michael Savage, the Jewish host of the nationally-syndicated radio program Savage Nation, has inadvertently done something Jews almost never do. He has admitted that Jewish behavior was a reason for actions taken by National Socialist Germany against Jews during World War II…

…While the conservative/liberal dichotomy on which Savage’s hostility to Soros is apparently based may have little meaning for White nationalists, the talk show host’s words are significant for what they may reveal about Jewish thinking.

As careful students of Germany’s pre-World War II and wartime treatment of Jews are well aware, Jewish behavior had everything to do with “the Holocaust.”

Far from the scapegoating of a perfectly innocent and harmless minority, Germany took defensive measures against an unusually powerful group that had for decades actively loathed its people and their values.

For a Jew anywhere to publicly acknowledge these facts is exceptionally rare, but it appears that Savage has done just that with his recent broadcast. His words suggest that awareness of Jewish culpability in Weimar-era Germany’s economic and moral decline is greater among Jews than one would expect, given the opinions on the subject that they normally express to gentiles.

Idiots like Michael Savage play right into the hands of hard core racists when they make comments as ill-considered and unfounded as he did when he implied that “bad Jews” like George Soros (of whom I’m definitely not a fan) somehow provided justification for the attempted genocide of European Jews. In reality, regardless of the fact that they’re racist pinheads, the National Vanguard interpreted Savage’s words in a way not unlike the way I did, the difference being they took it one step further and used Savage as an example of a Jew supposedly “admitting” that Jews “brought the Holocaust on themselves.”

I hadn’t been planning on writing about this again, until it was pointed out to me that this is a pattern with Michael Savage. Indeed, he frequently engages in Jew-baiting.

Savage on the roots of anti-Semitism:

Now, let’s go a step further. I have a bill in my hand; a one dollar bill. It says “In God We Trust.” That’s next from the verminous Brooklyn College lawyers, isn’t it? Go down South and have a ‘tee-hee’ over the goyim. Laugh at the goyim. Go down there and take away the crosses and they can’t touch you, huh, Mr. Cohen? Hee-hee-hee. Mr. Cohen? And you wonder where anti-Semitism comes from. Let me strip the mask off of it for you today because if you think I’m going to mince words, you are mistaken. It comes from situations like this- when you have a New York Jew like Cohen going down South into the heartland of Christianity and stealing the religious symbols from Christians. You are not going to hear it anywhere else. It’s so shocking, you don’t even believe you just heard it. No one in the media has the guts to say what needs to be said. They’re all going to make this a dancing on the head of the pin argument. They’re all going to make it a little legal argument, and go onto to the next thing and sell you a piece of garbage on their television or radio show, but let me tell you something, there’s a lot more at stake than a radio show. The future of this nation is at stake today. And I am not going to sit on the sidelines and have a little gentlemanly conversation. I said it like it is. (Savage Nation Radio Broadcast, 11-13-2003)

Savage on Jerry Springer:

When you see a guy, when you see a filthy, degenerate human being like Larry, what’s his face, Jerry Springer, and I’ll say it like it is, I think he’s one of the lowest human beings I’ve ever seen in my life, when he puts a television show on, and invites the lowest white trash he can dig his hands on . . . and he makes a mockery of them, and makes a living on it with his hooked nose, what do you think that does for the rest of the world? (Savage Nation Radio Broadcast, 12-6-2002)

Savage on secular Jews:

No, no, they may not be self-hating Jews at all. They just may be socialists or anarchists or communists as were, and let’s not be mistaken about it nor brush it under the rug- we all know that Trotsky, we all know that Lenin- uh, not Lenin- but Trotsky and Marx also had come from Jewish backgrounds. They eschewed their own religion, and they chose instead Bolshevism and Marxism, and we know what a disaster that was. It’s history repeating itself again, Kathy. The fact of the matter is that the Bible wrote about this. The Old Testament warned us against APOSTATE JEWS. The Bible warned us against these people. If you read all of the Prophets of the Bible, who do you think they were talking about? Those who worship the Sun gods; those who, uh, did weird things with sorority sisters. What do you think the Bible was telling us about? The very same crowd that the Bible warned us about are back in the streets saying ‘Give peace a chance.'” (Savage Nation Radio Broadcast, 2-17-2003) [Note the linking of Jews with Communists, a common Nazi propaganda claim and a common anti-Semitic belief.]

I realize that I’ve probably been writing about idiots like Ann Coulter and Michael Savage a bit too much over the last few days, and many of you may be getting tired of it. This will be the last time for a while. It’s time to go back to the more usual topics of this blog after this little diversion into far right wing nut land. Chalk my recent rants up to Coulter’s and Savage’s reaching a level that just irritated the hell out of me. The really sad part about all this is that Michael Savage has the third most popular syndicated talk radio show in the U.S., and Ann Coulter’s book looks on track to hit #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

I do not like what this says about us as a nation.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

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