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Author:  Barbara Anderson
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Date:  August 18, 2008
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Michael Savage, Contrarian or Truth Teller?

Chances are, if you tune in to Michael Savage, you will find yourself exposed to different opinions than any you will hear in the mainstream media. Oftentimes, you will hear an exact opposite of those opinions.

In the matter of Russia vs. Georgia, Savage seems to see things differently. In this, however, he is not entirely alone. While the MSM is screaming for retaliation against Russia, reporters in other countries are pointing out the U.S. complicity in this battle.

Georgia has been described as an ally of the U.S. As such, the initial attack in Russia’s backyard by Georgia could not have been launched without the okay of the administration. In the geopolitical sphere it is difficult to discern the purposes of such attacks. Maybe it is a playing off of China against Russia. Maybe it is a poking of the bear as diversion as the U.S. sends a massive fleet in the vicinity of Iran, preparing for another war. Or, is it about the pipeline, and all about oil, after all?

When we became alarmed by the threat of missiles in Cuba, President Kennedy insisted that Russia remove them and they were. We claimed a right to do so and we had the means to see to it that they were removed. Russia sees an encroachment into its sphere of influence and has told us to back off.

The U.S. has taken the place of Great Britain in occupying countries of the world, no matter if we are there for friendly reasons or not. Sometimes we have helped usher in dictatorships and kept them in power.

Out of approximately 190 countries in the world, we have some sort of presence in about 130 of them. And, still, the administration does not seem to have enough troops to put a modest military presence on our southern border. Do other countries have to fear our influence in so many countries? Does it look like empire building to them? Whatever our leaders do reflect on us. Too many of us have no idea of where these countries are located, much less any geopolitical action going on in them, but we will be held accountable for that action.

Georgia has been campaigning for membership in NATO, which Russia is adamantly resisting. It knows, if most of us do not, that if Georgia is taken into NATO we are bound by treatylike obligations to defend it against all attacks. Are we ready for that? Was this warfare a test drive?

There are reports that the U.S. has been conducting training sessions in Georgia. Now there are reports that there have been casualties by U.S. personnel found there.

Why is Michael Savage almost alone in giving us a different view than that rubber stamp version in our MSM? Some may say it is instinct. I say, if it is instinct, it is honed by massive research and dedicated education in many fields. He regularly questions the credentials of our Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. She tut-tutted and tried to lecture Russia as to the proper reaction in this particular instance. She declared that:

“This is not 1968 and the invasion of Czechoslovakia, where Russia can threaten a neighbor, occupy a capital, overthrow a government and get away with it. Things have changed.”

For his part, John McCain stated that:

“in the 21st century nations don’t invade other nations”.

Where have these two been? The U.S. has done just that, the overthrowing bit and the occupying a capital, Baghdad, for one. I have no sympathy for Russia; it is ruthless. And, I think most of us could have looked into Putin’s eyes and done a better job than the president in divining what kind of soul he has.

The state of the economy cannot be ignored in anything that is happening here or overseas. Plainly speaking, we are broke. We owe billions to China. The dollar has sunk to new lows, making our debt to China all the more ominous. When will China cut our dollar loose? What assets will China demand in repayment? The feds are propping up our economy as it loans fiat money to the banks that are on the edge. Some countries have told us they will not honor the dollar any longer. What currency will we use, then?

According to Wikopedia:

“As of April 2008, the total U.S. federal debt was approximately $9.5 trillion, about $31,600 per capita (that is, per U.S. resident). Of this amount, debt held by the public was roughly $5.3 trillion. If, in addition, unfounded Medicaid, Social Security, Medicare, etc. promises are added, this figure rises to a total debt of $59.1 trillion.” A chart shows that in 2008 US Public Debt, in billions was 37.9 percent of GDP. Congress, ignoring its oversight obligations, raises the debt limit every year.

U.S. citizens used to take comfort in the assurance given by government that “we owe the debt to ourselves”. Therefore, not to worry, we can pay this back. That has not been true for some years. We owe debt through the Federal Reserve, capital plus interest, and somebody expects to be paid.

Also, we may at one time have been able to repay these debts, as we had a thriving economy. Not any longer. Our thriving industries have gone overseas to get a better bottom line, thanks to NAFTA and the other “free trade” agreements. Both political parties are complicit in enabling these agreements to be made, to the detriment of our workers.

Here, again, Savage has been telling us about the dangers of NAFTA and the other trade agreements. He led an attack on the Dubai Ports deal, which would have put several of our ports outside U.S. oversight and into foreign oversight and control. Is there no intellectual curiosity in the media? Is there no journalistic research being done to counter the monolithic view of the MSM?

Wikopedia mentions that at the end of 2006 lenders from China and Japan held 47% of foreign-owned debt. In the case of China we have made a Faustian bargain. We open our markets to them. We ignore their manipulating of their currency to get the best possible advantage. We ignore their stealing of some of our products in “knockoffs”. They have made lots of money because we looked the other way. Big business was salivating at China’s huge market and cheap labor and was willing to overlook its piratical tendencies. Many even gave in to its demands that companies share the very valuable research and development secrets gained at great expense and over several years.

Why is it important to consider the economic picture when we look at what is happening in Georgia/Russia? Because money means power. The U.S. at one time was the powerhouse that most countries envied. Now, some of them are beginning to disrespect the dollar. With economic power gone, will military power be far behind?

Michael Savage seems to be the proverbial “voice in the wilderness”. He knows how to connect the dots between economic outlook and military activity. His is a loud and persistent voice that needs to be protected.

Nancy Pelosi and her “tolerant” cohorts are floating the trial balloon again for the so-called “fairness doctrine”. This effort by liberals is not new. Feeling their power now, the ones who would stamp out dissenting viewpoints will push it as far as they can.

I have only heard one voice on the airwaves that is consistently alerting us to this danger. Michael Savage is warning us that this is coming unless we protect those who have different voices. Every person who talks and who writes opinion should be taking up the cause. Michael Savage has told us that “radio talk is an endangered species”. This is one endangered species the liberals would love to see destroyed.

Is Michael Savage contrarian or truth teller?

No matter. If Michael Savage’s speech goes, so goes my free speech, and yours.

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”


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Biography - Barbara Anderson

Barbara regularly writes for CapitolHillCoffeeHouse. She also appears in California Chronicle, Border Patrol, and Citizens Caucus. Her primary interest is illegal immigration, but she writes about other subjects as well.

Barbara lives in a large city on the West Coast. Her loyalties are with God, family, country, heritage and borders.

She enjoys music, painting, poetry and song writing.

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