Those of you who are regular readers know that I do listen to talk radio. My personal favorite is Bob Grant whose historical insights and acerbic wit have entertained me for 25 years. Those of you who are in range of the Mark Levin show can appreciate much of the style of Grant without his interviewing skills. Levin and Hannity both credit Grants influence.
I was somewhat ammused by the firing of Don Imus. Imus was originally a very funny and creative fellow with brilliant comedic skits such as Moby Worm, Beavis and Bob Dole and the never ending phone calls looking for Pappa Idi Dada. His comments were illadvised and just not funny, but clearly a failed attempt at humor. His show had gotten worn over the years and the only funny part was the skits with a Mayor Negin immitator. The real cause of the furor was the constant lampooning of Negin who is a national joke.
Now comes an uproar over Michael Savage's comments. I want to point out in NYC I would never listen to Savage because Levin has a superior show. His comments about illegal immigrants were unfortunate. However, we do not see liberals ever come under fire for outlandish comments. Has anyone ever been disciplined at LIB for their off the wall remarks?
Was Rosie O'Donnel suspended for her remarks about 9-11 or mocking Chinese people?
Savage's words were certainly not points I approve of. However, they do represent a frustration
many of us have with an often incoherent immigration policy. Why should I have to pay to educate and medicate people who do not belong here in the first place? Maybe if the services were denied we would not have so many illegal aliens here. This is not to say we should kick people out of emergency rooms.
The sanctuary laws are more complex than presented. We do not want to deport crime victims.
However, this protection should not apply to criminals. The real tragedy is that a person charged with a sexual offense against a minor was on the streets. They should have been incarcerated and placed in a jail. Countries that refuse to take back criminals should have servere tarrifs placed on their exports. People who are convicted of felony offenses should face deportation.
Savage like the rest of us is frustrated with a mindless policy that never seems to get fixed. His comments in my view are the product of frustration that many of us feel.