No Tea For You….Didn’t You Get The Memo?

7 05 2009

Where Free Speech Belongs....According to the UKs Labour Government Anyway.

Where Free Speech Belongs....According to the UK"s Labour Government Anyway.

I am constantly stunned and upset with the movements that are encroaching on Western governments that seek to block or limit free speech that is deemed intolerant or “dangerous.” The most recent episode in pathetic drama that is the modern Western world was the declaration of radio host Michael Savage ,by the United Kingdom’s Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, as one of the “least wanted people in Britain.” The arguments that the Home Secretary makes in defense of her decision is both weak and unfounded. While I am not necessarily a supporter or fan of Mr. Savage, whose real name is Michael Weiner, I do support the universal human right to the freedom of speech, and find Ms. Smith’s actions to not only be deplorable and intolerant, but a larger reflection of the idiocy and fear that has modern Western governments enthralled.

I will agree from the start that the radio host Michael Savage is a controversial figure, and that he makes inflammatory remarks that not only angers many but also offends many more. I disagree with Mr. Savage on many points, both political and personal. While I am no leftist by any means, I do agree that rude and offensive commentary has no spot in the public light, but nonetheless it is his Constitutional right to voice his opinion. My only suggestion to Mr. Savage would be to try and frame his opinions and arguments in a more polite way that can be appreciated and deliberated over by everyone. Regardless of his shortcomings though, I will stand up for his, and any other person’s, right to speak freely as long as they are not directly advocating violence, chaos or public disturbances.

Now by all definitions Mr. Savage has done none of those things. He has angered many, but if they act out on violence that is their fault, not his. Any person who reacts violently to the voiced opinions of another not only highlights their own intolerance but it equally demonstrates their stupidity and childish nature. This stands for everyone, and it is wrong and irresponsible for us or anyone to blame the speaker, especially if we claim to espouse the liberal ideology of the Enlightenment. Indeed it is the fault of those who react to the voices of those they disagree with, as they have the ultimate decision on how they will act in response. This is in no way a claim that any speaker is free from responsibility. The difference is between someone who is voicing their opinion and beliefs, be it rudely or not, and someone who is directly advocating illegal or hateful activity.

Most Westerners would consider the freedom of speech almost sacred (in fact most Europeans probably do consider it sacred considering their views, or lack thereof, on God) and it is a right that humanity has fought so long for and a precious gift to have received. But what of this ban by the United Kingdom on Michael Savage from entering their nation? According to the Home Office, Mr. Savage is not welcome because he is, “considered to be engaging in unacceptable behaviour by seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence.” Mr. Savage may have views that are offensive to some, but I have never heard or seen any claim by Mr. Savage, in which he was, “seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts.” The idea is sheer idiocy, and it shows the problems of the UK’s Labour Government. Yes, his is right wing, and yes, he is outspoken, but he has done nothing illegal. They are in essence punishing him for a crime which he has not committed, but may commit in the future. This situation goes against nearly every basic judicial doctrine of modern Western society, and should be ammended immediately. Of course this also highlights the problem with the UK’s current government as a tyranny of the majority with no oversight, but that is another discussion…

I will concede that Mr. Savage’s arguments and criticisms of the move by the British government have not always been thought through or accurate. A minor point was the he referred to Ms. Smith as the “Home Secretary of England” which of course doesn’t exist as England is just one of the constituent countries that makes up the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It was a false statement, but to be honest worse blunders have bene made, and it was an honest mistake. The comments that drew my ire were his claims that he is guaranteed by the United States Constitutions’ 1st Amendment to freedom of speech. Mr. Savage, just so you know, the US Constitution has no jurisdiction in the UK, or anywhere else outside the US for that matter, because it is a legal document for OUR government. It was a stupid argument and a stupid comment for him to make, especially by a man who is so educated (he has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley). It would make more sense for him to appeal to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the United Kingdom as a member of the United Nations is supposedly bound to obey, the European Convention on Human Rights (Which, again, Britain is supposedly bound to obey) and most importantly he should refer to the Human Rights Act that was passed by Parliament in 1998. All guarantee his freedom of speech and expression.

Overall this whole fiasco is indicative of the politically correct ideology that motivates Britain’s Labour Party. If they truly consider themselves to be tolerant and modern, they should not only remove the ban and apologize, but they should also review the standards by which they exclude people from their country. Well, that is all for now, I hope you all enjoy this, and we hope to post more soon. Please of course feel free to leave any snide remarks or sarcastic diatribes as it is probably more entertaining than cable.

Here is the link to the BBC story:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8037025.stm

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American Public, Schmerican Public, In The Senate We Do What We Want!

7 06 2007

 

In an age where emotions run high, and the idea of the rule of law is trampled in to the ground our country is beggining to lose our identity. Congress refuses to secure our borders unless we can offer amnesty, President Bush refuses to secure our borders so as not to anger Mexico, or business interests, and it is the American taxpayer who pays the bill. This issue is more important than feeling bad for those who come here illegally or even finding workers to fill jobs that Americans “won’t fill.” This is about how our core values and our most basic liberties are at stake. Now I am no racist, and as a descendent of an illegal immigrant I can understand their desire to come to the United States and make a better life for themselves. The problem is that many of these illegal aliens who come here also take government handouts and clog our hospitals and school systems. In Southern California many emergency rooms have had to close their doors because illegal immigrants will take their families their for medical treatment knowing that they cannot be refused even if they cannot pay. Of all things I can’t believe why any Republican in Congress would even support the current immigration reform bill! Do they not realize that they are contributing to the death of their own party? Hispanics are overwhelmingly Democratic, especially Democrats love to fund social programs and if they came out in force states that are currently very “Red” like Texas and Arizona would soon become very “Blue.” I do not say this without reason, my father is a construction worker in California and the many illegal immigrants that he works with always complain about how rich white people are, and how racist America is, and how the government needs to do more for them so they have a better chance. That is enraging! How dare they feel ENTITLED to special treatment and how dare they think that people in America don’t do an honest days work! My father and Americans like him put in countless hours of labor and work themselves to exhaustion so his family can have a better life, and my father has never expected nor wanted a dime from the government as he sees that as being weak and also it isn’t the government’s job to do that. I don’t want to see my country fail and fall because a massive new influx of “voters” have dramatically altered the political landscape of the United States. Why can’t politicians in Washington do what nearly 80% of Americans want them to do first? Securing the border is the number one security concern for this country. After we secure the border and start up a guest worker program than we can figure out how to deal with the problem of the approximately 12 million illegal immigrants in this country. I am so frustrated I can’t even put my thoughts in to a professional coherent format for this blog, so I must apologize if my thoughts are scattered and unorganized. Anyway, thanks you for your continued support of the Southpaw, leave us your thoughts, and as always tell your friends about us!





Its Always Someone Else’s Fault

3 06 2007

 

With the idea of political responsibility being thrown around its nice to see the traditional idea of scapegoating being used again in politics. The leaders of the Democratic Congress issued a press release that publicizes the accomplishments they have had since they took control of Congress five months ago….and that press release is a meager two pages. With the polls showing that the approval ratings for Congress are even lower than that of President Bush’s, Democrats are starting to feel the noose tightening around them. One of the biggest problems they are having is that they have done next to nothing of what they promised to do, and as a time has shown, they continually blame others for their incompetence.  They pledged to end the Iraq War, that is a work in progress I guess. The only thing that they have managed to do was raise the minimum wage, by attaching it to the war spending bill, because I guess it would be more prudent to impede our country’s current economic growth rather than help it out. My frustration with both parties is high, but the Democrats have peaked my frustration. Their leaders spew anti-American rhetoric, such as Sen. Reid’s “The war is lost” statement, and they constantly overstep their powers, such as Rep. Pelosi’s trips to other countries. As if she had ANY power to enact foreign policy. She makes me angrier than all of them, she has even threatened to change House rules in order to quiet down the opposition Republicans. Sounds like a spoiled brat on a power trip who doesn’t like disagreement. They have trumpeted their investigations in the completely legal firing of 8 US Attorneys and just show how they have done nothing. When asked about government spending on embryonic stem cell research, the committee is still out. (As if the government should be funding projects like that.) But they remain confident that no matter what happens the American people will still see them as the responsible and right leaders for America that they claim to be. Well if the polls that they put so much faith in are any indication of a report card I would say to them, “Fat Chance!” Thank you for reading the Southpaw, leave us your thoughts, and as always tell your friends about us!

 

 Dems Have Tough Time Enacting Change





Whatever Happened To The Rule Of Law? I Miss That Guy….

30 05 2007

 

Once again it seems that a basic principle of this country is being sacrificed because of the mere convenience of the moment. It is obvious that here in the United States we have a massive illegal immigration problem. I especially have a problem with the new bill though that is coming through Congress, in that it grants amnesty to the millions of illegal immigrants that are living here in this country. Now I know that it doesn’t specifically say amnesty but no matter what you call it a rose is still a rose. Now I have NO problem with immigrants. This country was founded on immigration and I love how people just want to come to the United States because of the limitless opportunity that exists here, and for those of you who just assume that I am an ignorant, Mexican hating, conservative, please just stop. I am part Hispanic and my grandfather was an illegal immigrant. I truly sympathize with those people who want to come to this great nation and make a better life for themselves and that speaks to the problem in our current immigration system if we cannot find a better system to let more people come here to make a better a life for themselves, but just giving all of the people in this country who are here illegally a, for all intensive purposes, visa that will never expire is a slap in the face to all of those who came here legally. But to me the more important issue is the state of our nation’s borders. They are in complete disarray and the crime by the borders is very high. If there is going to be any approach to this issue it will have to be in parts. The number one priority of this country should be to secure its borders. A country cannot exist if it cannot define itself as a nation with its own borders and enforce them to keep all threats out. Once the borders are secured, and once we see progress in that area than we can start to focus on dealing with those peoples who are in this country illegally. I know illegal immigrants from all corners of the globe, not just Mexico. I pray that Congress does not pass this bill that coming through its different chambers, because I know President Bush will not veto it. He is asking the members of Congress to stand up to their districts and pass it. I am shocked by his audacity as the members of Congress are elected to REPRESENT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE. If the people in their district say that they don’t want it passed than DON’T pass it. If your representative does vote for it than don’t re-elect him, its that simple. I am no racist and I am definitely trying to split families apart but I just want some accountability for the members of Congress who seem to think that they can do what they want whether the people want it or not, and the disgusting claims of the president that those of us who oppose it are trying to create fear in the people is ridiculous. The problem that the president has is that he doesn’t want the people to figure out that he is pandering to the business’ in this country that want the cheaper labor. I don’t know what else to say, I am just so angry that there is such inaction, and finger pointing, and that the “leaders” of this country who we voted in to office, will not even uphold one of the most important elements of our founding, the Rule of Law. Thanks for reading the Southpaw, leave us your thoughts, and as always tell your friends about us!

 

Article on President Bush and Illegal Immigration





New and Improved! (No longer old and inferior)

16 05 2007

We are happy to announce the reorganization of RightZING! and RighZING! Radio in to our new public medium, The Southpaw. We will continue our podcasts and posts even on a much larger scale and will continue to hope that you our faithful readers will pass on our blog to the greater public. Starting tomorrow we will resume our postings on various political and social issues, starting with my ideas and analysis of the Republican Presidential Candidate Debate that happened earlier this evening. We look forward to your comments and can’t wait for a more discussions!





Land of the Free and the Home of….European Political Ideology?

17 04 2007


Maybe I am just an extremely patriotic person who can’t stand being told what to do, or maybe European newspapers should not try to tell America how to run itself. I am appalled and outraged by the number of articles in European newspapers that blame America’s lack of gun control for this horrendous tragedy and their apparent callousness towards the suffering and grief of millions of people across this country. The dust hasn’t even settled and already Europe knows what is best for America and how it should be run. It doesn’t matter to Europeans whether or not firearms are so normal to most Americans that many see them as tools and toys versus weapons. Some papers even went as far as to blame Charlton Heston, indirectly of course, for these shootings. The greatest outrage about this whole incident is that this is not new. European elitists still think that they rule the world and that they know best on how to run a country. They call our interpretation of our own Constitution backwards and say that it is outdated. Who are they to tell us how to interpret the most supreme document in the land. When the Constitution was being written many of our critics were still living in the delusion that all men are not created equal, and that a certain blood line was better than yours. Yes America has had its faults, I will not deny that, but it has made us stronger and more committed to the cause of freedom than ever before. Our backwards laws? How dare they assume such arrogance as to tell us that we are backward and idiotic because we do not measure up to their standards. There are enough problems in Europe for them to deal with, such as the growing Antisemitism that is found in “enlightened” Europe. I can hardly express my thoughts in this blog as I am so outraged that America once again is assailed for honoring the law and time tested rights that millions of Americans fully embrace and our ancestors did embrace to free us from tyranny so long ago. Instead of telling America what it should have done and what it should do, they should be expressing their sympathies to the victims of this tragedy and show their support by grieving with us instead of lecturing us on our “faults.”

Stupid Europeans….