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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ted Nugent is a Racist Prick


You probably heard of a Ted Nugent.  He is an old washed-up “rock star” (and I use the term rock star liberally since he never was big time).  He is ultra-rightwing, anti-President Obama who has made numerous hateful public attacks on President Obama. At a gun show in January 2014Nugent said:

"I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured, subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America."
President Obama’s father was black.  His mother was white.  He was raised by his white grandparents. He went to Columbia University for his undergraduate degree and to Harvard Law School.  He was the President of the Harvard Law Review.  He has been a college professor, a state senator, a US Senator, an author and the President of the United States.  President Obama is a dutiful husband of a beautiful accomplished wife and the doting father of two beautiful daughters.

But yet Ted Nuget calls him a “subhuman mongrel”.  I have always thought Nugent was a total dick, but when I read his recent comments, I was sickened by him and those like him.  

I understand people who disagree with President Obma’s political views and agenda. For example, his recent budget does not cut cost of living increases of social security for the elderly.  The republican congress wants to cut these cost of living increases.  At the same time the republicans continue to support tax breaks for hedge fund managers. I wonder if my anti-Obama republican friends who have retired are opposed to future increases in social security based on cost of living increases.  May be they are, maybe they aren't but my point is that we all have different political and social views. I get that.
What I don’t get is the continued racist attacks on  President Obama by the Ted Nugents of America and there are plenty of them.  A few years ago there were tax credits given for the purchase of electric vehicles, including electric golf carts.  The tax credit first became available in connection with the first George W. Bush stimulus package and it was continued in the Obama administration.  One day a couple of years ago at Ironwood Country Club I saw that an acquaintance of mine had a new golf cart.  I complimented on his new toy and he replied it was a “Coon Mobile”. What would he have called it if he had purchased it during the Bush administration?  I don’t know but here he was referencing the President Obama as a coon.  I was embarrassed to be a member of the same club as this person.  I was pleased when he eventually left the club.
After his January racist comments, Nugent has received plenty of criticism, including criticism from some republican politicians.  But yet he cannot bring himself to apologize to the President. Here is his “apology”:

“I do apologize – not necessarily to the President – but on behalf of much better men than myself, like the best governor in America, Gov. Rick Perry, and the best attorney general in America, Greg Abbott of Texas.”

Nugent has been campaigning for Greg Abbott.  So racist Nugent gets public criticism for his hateful rants but apologizes to the white, male republicans for whom he is campaigning rather that the black President he attacked.

In 2007 Nugent said this from a concert stage: “I was in Chicago last week. I was in Chicago and said, "Hey, Obama you might want to suck on one of these (a machine gun”) you punk." Obama, he's a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun. Let's hear it for him.”

It is very interesting that republican candidates ask Nugent to campaign for him.  A republican congressman invited Nugent to the recent State of the Union Speech. Nugent is on the Board of Directors of the NRA.    

Get on Google and search for Nugent’s statements over the past 6 or 7 years.  How anyone could ask him to campaign for them or ask him to be on a national board is incredible. 



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