For some time now, various elements of what the Right Wing refers to as the Lame Stream Media, among other pejoratives, has been dissecting the most recent anti-Obama rant, courtesy of Ted Nugent. Mr. Nugent, the Millennials and Generation Z cohorts, is a Rock Musician who era of popularity principally spanned the late 60’s to 1980. He continued to tour through at least 2011. However, his more recent media buzz has emanated from the socio-political genre. He is a social conservative and outspoken advocate of Second Amendment protections.
In 2012, Nugent endorsed Mitt Romney for President, after a great deal of soul-searching. He was reportedly reluctant because Mr. Romney, prior to seeking the highest office in the land, was known for more moderate positions on Gun Control. Mr. Romney’s repudiation of those previously held positions, a heart-to-heart with the man who would be (the Republican) President, and their mutual Michigan roots were, apparently, enough to mollify the Rocker from the Motor City.
After lending his endorsement to Mitt, Nugent voiced what the “Thug Music” crew call “Ride of Die” mantra. He declared to the NRA:
• I will be dead or in jail by this time next year if Barack Obama is re-elected
• Compared the President to a coyote that should be shot
• Called the Obama Administration vile, evil, and America-hating
• We need to ride onto the battlefield and cut their heads off
• Our Government is wiping its ass with the Constitution
• We’ll be a suburb of Indonesia if Obama is elected President (again)
• Invoked folks to take up arms to shoot the President
Fast-forward to 2012, and Teddy apparently rethought, or delayed the execution of his implied threats to “take-out” President Obama. After all, he was re-elected, and more than a year has passed. Nevertheless, there is no time like the present for a new rant. During the week dedicated to the observance of the contributions and sacrifices made by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mr. Nugent decided to let loose with more of his best work. This time, his vitriol, aimed at a group called Guns.com, included:
• Communist-raised (Graduated from Socialist, I guess)
• Communist-nurtured (Different from raising, I guess, though I don’t know how, exactly)
• Bad man
• Sub-human Mongrel (akin to the German word, Untermensch, which the Nazis called Jews…to justify genocide in the Jewish Community
Nugent hit the road right after his recent comments to campaign for Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Texas Gubernatorial candidate, who has his own history with controversial comments and laws inhibiting voting rights. Texas’ new Voter ID law is so restrictive that it made it difficult for some women to vote because they married, and their maiden name appeared as a middle name. More obviously, the law disproportionately affected the low income, people of color, students, and the elderly.
Rather than condemning Nugent for his remarks, the campaign welcomed the help. A spokesperson noted, “The controversy is what he said in the past. We are not endorsing Ted Nugent, he is supporting us,” a campaign aide told CNN. “It’s easy to criticize some of the language he has used in the past. He is protected under the Constitution, like you and I.”
A number of prominent Republicans have distanced themselves from Nugent’s comments. Some such as Ted Cruz did so, softly; others made their denunciation quite clear.
Cruz, whom many speculate will be a presidential candidate in the 2016 election, initially evaded CNN inquiries about Nugent’s comments, but eventually stated gingerly, “Those sentiments there, of course I don’t agree with them. You’ve never heard me say such a thing, nor would I.”
When asked directly about campaigning with Nugent, Cruz at first avoided the question. He later relented and answered, saying, “I haven’t yet, and I’m going to avoid engaging in hypotheticals.” Alternately, Nugent told the audience in a Google Hangout with a Detroit rock station that he and Cruz “have worked closely together.”
After Texas Governor Rick Perry, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and Arizona Senator John McCain, fellow GOP conservatives, blasted him, Nugent finally managed to construct and proffer a pseudo-apology. His rendering:
“I do apologize – not necessarily to the President, but on behalf of much better men than myself, for using the streetfighter terminology of ‘subhuman mongrel’ instead of just using more understandable language, such as, ‘violator of his oath to the Constitution.”
Mr. Nugent is no stranger to controversy or incendiary language. He leveraged outrage over these comments to ratchet up his diatribe to attack Hillary Clinton, saying, she has “spare scrotums.” Subsequently, in a series of more than 40 tweets, Nugent questioned whether his terminology was really that offensive. Oh well, I guess you could say, “Ted Rants: A Not So Excellent Adventure!”
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