The First Amendment (freedom of speech) is perhaps one of the most abused, yet cherished amendments in the constitution. Some people use their right for just causes, others use it to promote agendas that can be considered dubious at best, and others may actually use it to speak out against injustice. The latter seems to be on the verge of becoming extinct given the fact that the number psychos with opinions who are being given a platform on which to preach to their respective choir's is increasing, even if the message is out of tune with anything that remotely resembles lucidity.
These days all that you need is a famous name, a voice, and an idea. It doesn't necessarily have to be a good idea. It just has to be outrageous enough so that a sound bite can be looped numerous times throughout a 24 hour news cycle.
The latest nut job extremist who insists on spewing his special brand of ignorance is geriatric former rock star Ted Nugent. Over the past few years Nugent has made a number of deplorable comments in reference to President Obama and others which have been largely ignored by the media. In his attempt to remain relevant Nugent has even made some comments that basically amount to terrorist threats.
Nugent: "If Barack Obama Becomes The President In November, Again, I Will Either Be Dead Or In Jail By This Time Next Year."
This sounds like a threat to me. Yesterday officially marked 1 year since he made this comment. Yet, he is neither dead, or in jail. Where is the justice?
Nugent: "Our president, attorney general, our vice president, Hillary Clinton, they're criminals. They're criminals. That guy on the radio the other day said, 'Well, name the crimes.' About 10 minutes later, I said, "Have you had enough?" I mean, who doesn't know the crimes our government is committing?"
He has absolutely no proof of these incendiary allegations because they are baseless.
Nugent: "Piece Of Sh--t" Obama Should "Suck On My Machine Gun." From an August 22, 2007 concert where an assault-rifle-wielding Nugent also referred to then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as "a worthless bitch".
If George Clinton had threatened George Bush like this, the authorities would have put both him and parliament funkadelic under the jail.
Nugent: Civil Rights Leaders Jackson And Sharpton Speak In "Ebonic Mumbo-Jumbo." In a February 10 column for birther website WND, Nugent claimed that if a Republican president had the same drone policy as the Obama administration, "Jesse Jackson and Al Not-So-Sharpton would be lisping their ebonic mumbo-jumbo that the policy and the president are racist and bigoted."
Pot meet kettle!
Nugent is not just a terrorist, but he is also (not surprisingly), a unabashed racist.
Nugent: "I'm Beginning To Wonder If It Would Have Been Best Had The South Won The Civil War."
These are just a fraction of the insane comments made by a right wing extremist who desperately wants to become relevant again. The rantings of a dangerous, demented lunatic who has no sense of discretion. But perhaps what is most disturbing about Ted Nugent is the fact that he also echoes the sentiments of a certain segment of Americans.
Maybe that is why there has been very little media coverage in reference to this mad man. Or maybe his reckless outbursts are not being taken seriously because our President is not being taken seriously. Either way the fact that Nugent has been allowed to act like a maniac is disturbing.