Even by Ted Nugent standards, it was a bit over the top. If you have no idea what Iâ€™m talking about — say youâ€™ve just flown in from the Alaskan bush following a 20-day spring brown bear huntÂ — find your crib notes here. On its basis, I ardently agree with everything â€śUncle Tedâ€ť has to say. Iâ€™m certainly no fan of our current socialist (arguably illegal) regime and its big ideas straight out of the Leninist playbook. Iâ€™m scared to death of another Obama presidency, but not in the utterly paranoid manner The Nuge came across last week.
One line of Nugentâ€™s impassioned speech sticks in my head; the part where Nugent said if Obama is re-elected he would either â€śbe dead or in jail by this time next year.â€ť I immediately took this to mean Nugent feared the Democratic National Committee directly assassinating him, or at least tossing him in jail as a political enemy, like they might do in, say, the Soviet Union of old. This was just my immediate interpretation. Only Nugent can confirm exactly what he meant, but the implication was that he is important enough to warrant such extreme measures by a powerful group who wants him silenced.
Which is really the problem with Nugent. Sure, heâ€™s a rock star, on the basis of which heâ€™s generated a mediocre TV show, set himself up as a bowhunting celebrity (complete with manufacturer endorsements, of course) and, more importantly for the sake of this discussion, a self-proclaimed spokesman for Americaâ€™s sportsmen. His inflated self-worth is common knowledge inside the hunting industry.
Yet, we largely embrace Nugent because heâ€™s useful. Rock star status means heâ€™s gained the ear of those out of reach to mere hunters, because liberals, not believing in God, worship celebrities and politicians instead. This fact was driven home to me in a Phoenix airport; a surly airline employee nastily refused to check my hard bow case (not quite as unwieldy as, say, bagged golf clubs, which were being fast-laned into baggage handling), relenting only after spying a Ted Nugent bumper sticker on the caseâ€™s side (it was one among hundreds Iâ€™ve picked up at sports shows and have added to provide instant ID while seeking gear on airport baggage carousels).
Nugent is handed the microphone ordinary citizens are automatically denied. Iâ€™ve observed Nugent interviews on mainstream forums that were utterly remarkable, because heâ€™s a conservative and a hunter â€“ and in most cases, people were applauding his positions while laughing raucously.
But â€¦ Iâ€™ve cringed as often as Iâ€™ve applauded, as I did while listening to his recent â€śrantâ€ť (as the Mainstream Liberal Media â€“ MLM â€“ is giddily pointing out now), because if heâ€™s â€śourâ€ť spokesman, he sometimes makes us appear exactly what the MLM would like to believe we are: a bunch of dangerous extremists and wild-eyed kooks. Using terms such as â€śchop off their headsâ€ť will predictably be taken literally by the MLM.
Thereâ€™s no doubt weâ€™re in the fight for our lives in this next election â€“ and itâ€™s not just about gun ownership and our beloved hunting lifestyle. Donâ€™t even get me started about the unjust redistribution of wealth. We are a nation founded on a belief in God and unalienable rights for all men. No matter that these virtues are clearly stated in the Constitution, socialist lawmakers seem intent on shredding.
This, Iâ€™m guessing, is what Nugent was trying to get across. I just wish he would quit making it so easy for the MLM to make the rest of us Average Joe hunters out as neo-conservative crazies.