Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Savage Banning

Talk Show host Michael Savage has been banned from travel to the U.K. because of his extremist views. I used to listen to Mr. Savage, because he's often entertaining and brings out some news stories that one might not hear elsewhere, but he's a bit ranty for me.

Why do I care? Well, many internationalists think we should follow Europe's lead in social law. Despite our 1st Amendment, we have political correctness which is a thinly-veiled attempt to shut down thought that opposes progressivism under the guise of politeness.

Benjamin Franklin commented on the freedom to express one's thoughts as a fundamental principle for any free country a half century before the 1st amendment was introduced:

"This sacred privilege is so essential to free Governments, that the Security of Property, and the Freedom of Speech always go together; and in those wretched Countries where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing else his own." The full letter is available here.

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