Sunday, March 16, 2014


How easy would it be to write a piece about Ted Nugent? 

I wonder if the guy has ever said anything that makes sense? 

When I heard about his recent rant where he called Barack Obama a “subhuman mongrel”, I wondered who could listen to him and take him seriously.  I mean doesn’t he have a TV show?  Isn’t he interviewed every day?  Doesn’t he have a devoted following?  Isn’t he rich and famous?

OK, I remember “Cat Scratch Fever” fondly.  The guy had some riffs.  I remember that he was a conservative rocker, kind of rare.  But how have so many Americans followed him into madness?  Seriously. 

Here are a few of his greatest hits…

In 2007 Nugent suggest that (then senator) Barack Obama should “suck my machine gun”.  He called Hillary Clinton a “worthless b%$ch”.

He thought that George Bush mishandled the Iraq war.  He said that, “Our failure was not to Nagasaki them.” 

In 2010 Nugent wrote in the Washington Times about Islam.  Who could consider him prejudiced when he declared, “Not all Muslims are religious whacks who deserve a bullet.”

After Obamacare was declared constitutional by the US Supreme Court, Nugent ranted in the Washington Times, “I’m beginning to wonder if it had been best if the South had won the Civil War.”

In 2012, at the NRA convention, Nugent suggested that conservatives “ride onto that battlefield and chop [Democrats’] heads off in November.”  After these remarks, in a radio interview he said that he was being targeted for his hateful remarks like, “a Black Jew at a Nazi Klan rally… [by] power-abusing, corrupt monsters in our federal government that despise me because I have the audacity to speak the truth."

Yes, the truth.  I do agree with him about the audacious part.

All that was nothing compared to his Twitter implosion after Barack Obama was re-elected. 

Ted Nugent on Obama re election: Pimps, whores and welfare brats have a president politics ted nugent tweets

If you don't have the stomach to watch/listen to Nugent's self-serving entire rant, just start at about 2 minutes and 45 seconds to get the really good stuff in this interview.  If you weren't sure before of how psycho this guy is, you will be after watching this.  He is so delirious that even many Republicans have been backing away from him.  

  • Texas Governor Rick Perry, who Abbott hopes to succeed, said on CNN that Nugent "shouldn't have said that about the President of the United States ... I got a problem calling the president a mongrel. I do have a problem with that. That is an inappropriate thing to say." When CNN host Wolf Blitzer suggested that Nugent should apologize, Perry said, "I'll recommend that he do that."
  • During an interview with CNN chief political correspondent Dana Bash, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) repeatedly dodged questions about the Nugent-Abbott controversy, but did acknowledge, "Look, those sentiments there, of course I don't agree with them. You've never heard me say such a thing, nor would I." Cruz alsosaid, "I don't hang out with Ted Nugent," although Nugent has claimed otherwise.
  • Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said on CNN's Piers Morgan Live, "It's a free country but that kind of language really doesn't have any place in our political dialogue. It harms the Republican Party. I'm sure that it harmed that candidate there. And it should be obviously repudiated ... That kind of thing is beyond the pale, and I hope that our candidate down there learned a lesson." McCain said that if he were Abbott he would distance himself completely from Nugent because "I am a severe critic of President Obama particularly on national security, but that kind of language -- he is the President of the United States, he has been elected and reelected, and I believe we should treat him respectfully."
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted, "Ted Nugent's derogatory description of President Obama is offensive and has no place in politics. He should apologize.
  • CNN host Newt Gingrich disagreed with Wolf Blitzer that Nugent's "subhuman mongrel" comment should cause controversy for Abbott on the February 18 edition of The Situation Room. While Gingrich complained that the media ignores supposedly similar comments from liberal celebrities, he said, "What Ted Nugent said was stupid, I don't support it," and, "I'm not defending Ted Nugent, I think what he said was wrong and he shouldn't have said it."
OK, even the US Army thinks Nugent is unbalanced.  “After learning of opening act Ted Nugent’s recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation,” says a message on the Fort Knox Facebook page.

Personally, I can't think of any single individual who does more harm to our country than this guy.  If he still had half a brain, Ted would go back to making music and thank God he lives in a country that allows him the freedom to open his yap and spew any kind of hatred he can think of and get away with it.  

1 comment:

Chris Hass said...

You can't think of a single guy who does more harm? How about all those equally knuckle-headed talking heads who spew hatred on TV but to a much larger audience? Here are three. It's hard to pick just one thing for each of them, but...

Newt Gingrich. He wants poor kids to push a broom at school to learn what it means to actually work (as opposed to what they learn from their parents, I guess).

Pat Robertson. Says people who don't want to be preached at by their coworkers must have suffered sexual abuse as a child or have demons living in them.

Bill O'Reilly. Who portrays the poor as though they are all lazy, addicted to drugs, and looking to live off the government.