WITH A SINGLE WORD, “prophetically,” Robin of Berkeley gets to the heart of this throwback to the thunder and histrionics of the Old Testament prophets. Michael Savageis a man out of time, a return to the ancient Hebrew prophets. He is Ezekiel, lying on his side, bound by ropes, suffering as he warns of the consequences of abandoning God; Jeremiah, wandering around Jerusalem with an ox yoke around his neck, reminding people of the culture and good they’ve forgotten; and he is Isaiah, stripped naked and barefoot and warning of the brutality and persecution to come if they continue to follow false gods.
And so each afternoon Savage sits down at the microphone and offers the 21st century equivalent of getting naked and barefoot. He bluntly, angrily calls out media and political elites for destroying the most prosperous and free nation the world has ever seen. Their “lies” have given us “the sexual free-for-all, the experimental drugs, the easy divorce, the banishment of Judeo-Christian anything from schools, the flood of immigrants, and the so-called abortion rights movement.” And out comes the Bible, as he reads from the prophet Micah, “thou shall eat but not be satisfied…. “
“That’s you,” he thunders over the air, “That’s you!” Look what they’ve done to you, what you’ve allowed them to do to you. They say we can have it all if we just listen to them — e.g., spend our way into prosperity, let the government take care of us — but they don’t care about you, only themselves. Look around, they’ve given us “corruption and violence.” It is “horrible to believe this could happen to this country.” Wake up, he booms, let’s find our way back “from Babylon.”
In Georgetown, in Cambridge and Berkeley they call it “lunatic fringe” bigotry. But he perches atop the talk radio business because ordinary Americans, openly mocked by Beltway politicians and media elites, call it Truth with a capital “T.” The elites don’t get him and never will. That’s why, as the New Yorker put it, he is doomed to being a “permanent resident of the political wilderness, sending daily dispatches back to the diseased civilization the rest of us call home.”
The Michael Savage show is the stuff of Old Testament. Listening to him is like reading the Psalms, all anger and angst and despair. Sure, he intones, “I believe in the Bible” but when is God going to do something? “I pray four of five times a day” but sometimes I feel like “Mother Theresa near the end. Mother Theresa said He (God) doesn’t write, doesn’t call, what’s the point of this?” The point, of course, is also contained in the Psalms, which mixes despair with hope.
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