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I’m Suing Michael Savage! By: David Yeagley
FrontPageMagazine.com | Tuesday, March 04, 2003


I’m suing Michael Savage for using my name. I’m the American Indian. I’m the savage. I’m offended by his use of my Indian name. I’m offended by this obvious commercial rip-off of our sacred Indian cultural identity. How dare him!

Everyone knows that the sole reason for his coruscant success is the single word "savage." Everyone knows that without this incredible, powerful word, without this time-honored token of strength and manliness, Michael Weiner would be nothing.

Michael Weiner-as-Savage has literally exploded in the media in just over two years. His radio show is one of the most popular in the country, behind only Limbaugh, Dr. Laura, and Hannity. He’s now going to have a TV show for MSNBC which promises to be just as popular. He’s had the number one best selling book, "The Savage Nation" for over a month now.

Why? It’s all very simple. It’s that name Savage. Savage alone represents the pent-up rage and frustration every red-blooded American feels these days. That name alone expresses the fervor, the ardor, the raw energy emerging from the depths of our betrayed society. "Savage" says it all. Americans want to be free again, strong again, and brave again.

Americans want to be Indian. Americans wants to be everything that "Indian" stands for. This is precisely why Americans love those Indian mascots and logos on all sports teams. The Indian is the most readily available, most recent "savage" in the American collective unconscious, to use a Jungian psychobabbular term. The point is, the warrior Indian image symbolizes all that is manly and valuable, all that America once was, but has been robbed of—by the emasculizing Left.

Oh, yes, Michael Weiner says he chose the name Savage because of his appreciation for a 19th century shipwrecked individual named Charles Savage, cast away somewhere near the Tonga Islands in the South Pacific. Weiner says he heard about the exploits of Savage when he was out there hanging out in the peace-loving ‘60’s. (Was he a draft dodger back then?)

Savage was a quick thinker, and survived by his wits. The American trader first lived through the June, 1808 wreck of Rhode Island Eliza, then quickly supplied the Fiji Island natives with muskets, and for a short time created havoc all around. A savage nation, indeed.

But Weiner’s "Savage" has nothing to do with that shipwrecked American trader. America knows nothing of this man. The word "savage" means "American Indian" to the people of modern America. Weiner’s tale is moot, maukish, and merely coincidental. Everyone knows about the American Indian. No one knows about Charlie Savage. Weiner’s use of the name Savage is not about Charles Savage, but about the American Indian.

Call it word association. The name means what the people use it to mean, not what an individual wants it to mean. "Redskins," for instance, means courage, wildness, freedom, and bravery. That’s what the people mean today when they choose that name for a team. Never mind what it may have meant in earlier times, in different circumstances. The meaning of symbols and names can change.

I think is it the epitomy of immaturity and selfishness for one person, or one minority, to dictate to the public what the public means by its words. This is a usurpation of words, and this is the basis for all revolution. The Communist Left has been manipulating America’s language for the last forty years.

I will not allow Weiner to dictate the meaning of the name Savage. It means what the people think it means. It means Indian. In American society, we own that word, like it or not. He owes his success to us. I’ll have it no other way.

I’ve always publically identified myself with the words savage, redskin, heathen, and warrior. These are Indian labels which Indian people have lived with ever since the white man came here. But, in these modern times of emasculated American society, the Indian names are becoming precious, and hugely coveted. Like the Kiowa man Martin Gragg recently said, "I think we’ve taken a negative name and made it very positive." Gragg was speaking of Tulsa Union High School’s "Redskins."

And Weiner is threatining to sue George Bush over the label "compassionate conservative!" This is irony upon irony. Weiner says he first used the term as a marketing label in 1994 during his four Bay Area conventions. Weiner has a knack for marketable words, for sure. But Savage is mine, baby. You pay for this one.


Dr. David A. Yeagley is a published scholar, professionally recorded composer, and an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Studies. He's on the speakers list of Young America's Foundation. E-mail him at badeagle2000@yahoo.com. View his website at http://www.badeagle.com.


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