Book Review: The Savage Nation
By Scott Editor | More Book Reviews
May 20, 2005

Boisterous talk show host Michael Savage doesn't just have the fastest growing syndicated radio program in the nation, he's also got a series of scathing books highlighting what he believes is bringing down America from within her own borders: liberalism.

The Savage Nation: Saving America from the Liberal Assault on Our Borders, Language, and Culture is the first of his manifestos outlining the agenda of the radical Left and exposing how their efforts are delivery hurting America.

While I sit in the same boat as Savage on a large number of issues, his fuming rhetoric takes him to indefensible levels. Getting lost somewhere in the transition from point a to b, Savage goes from deriding the feminist movement into an unfair description of MSNBC reporter Ashleigh Banfield, calling her "the mind slut with a big pair of glasses that they sent to Afghanistan." Continuing, he writes, "She looks like she went from porno into reporting."

Savage opens his book with a defense against claims of being anti-immigration, but in the same chapter he condescendingly talks about "swarthy looking Middle Eastern men" driving taxicabs. It's not that I have a problem with the description "swarthy looking," but telling someone to "go back to where you came from" only asserts his critics who call Savage an immigrant basher.

Hardly consistent, in the same chapter Savage goes from saying his father "was never poor," to "as poor as we were, I went to a city college and worked a few jobs." From, "Unlike kids today who have a giant-screen TV set in their bedroom, I didn't grow up on television…" to, "When I was a kid, I loved to watch television, as my mother will attest. I used to come home from school…then I'd watch the news."

Some of Savage's crass espousing would be a little more digestible if his book contained some notes, an index, or something that would assist in fact-checking. As much as one might admire Savage for his take-no-prisoners approach to liberal criticism, his word should never be taken as fact without something to back it up.

Continuing with fact-less rants, Savage pays Date Doctor and writes a dating passage with the title: "How to Pick up Liberal Women." Savage instructs: "Go to a bookstore. That's the place where most liberal women congregate, for reasons unknown. I don't know why books are associated with liberalism, but they are."

Dating advice from Savage is something I wouldn't take advantage of even if he did know why liberals conglomerate in bookstores.

Savage often challenges the merits of scientific claims, but fails to offer any of his own solutions. He refutes a study based on "junk science" for saying a homosexual couple can raise a child just as well as a straight couple, but he fails to offer any evidence to the contrary.

Somewhere I missed the chapter describing Savage as a "champion of animal rights" promised in the "About the Author" afterword (where the index and source notes should be), but he spends plenty of time -- rightly so -- going after PETA and other destructive pro-animal left-wing outfit groups.

If anything, the Savage Nation serves as a wakeup call to dormant conservatives who don't realize the potential power of the Democrats and how if unstopped they could easily regain power in a near election.

The problem, however, is that it's almost all emotion with no substantial facts that could be used in debate. Savage likes to open each chapter with a personal story, somehow tying it in as a metaphor to his next point about liberalism when there's hardly a relationship.

As I already stated I respect much of Savage's opinions and he is perhaps the leading spokesperson for defending third-rail issues such as language, borders and culture - that few embrace due to insensitivities. One great thing about Savage is that he doesn't know the meaning of political correctness.

Still, The Savage Nation is mostly a disappointment. To be sure, it's better than much of the left-wing farce that attempts to replicate the success of conservatives in the publishing medium, by making bogus claims about how most of the country is liberal (Dude Where's My Country) and stating Ann Coulter is a liar because she calls her endnotes footnotes (That one).

I like Savage's passion, but he can do better. There are ways to attack the left-wing forces in America and it begins with stating the evidence. The facts are out there, go see for yourself and save your explosive rhetoric for radio.

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