Skip to comments.Nugent touches a nerve(Il)
Posted on 01/13/2012 8:14:57 AM PST by marktwain
First, let me apologize for letting this blog gather dust for so long. I have resolved to keep it active in 2012. Now, on to the fun.
In today's editorial, which I wrote, I had no intention of ripping the booking of Ted Nugent as the keynote speaker for the Sangamon County GOP's Lincoln Day dinner next month. (My colleague Bernie Schoenburg does a fine job of that in his column today.) The point of the editorial is in these two paragraphs:
In choosing Nugent, organizers will without doubt accomplish their goal of raising money and packing the house. Nugent may be many things, but he is never boring. Given this platform to speak his mind to a friendly audience, Nugent is sure to provide a moment that will endure for years in Springfields political lore.
But the local GOP also is taking a risk in making Nugent the voice of one of its most significant annual events.
The risk, of course, is that Nugent's outspokenness might be off-putting to some party members, especially longtime, traditional conservatives. These are the people who favor gun rights, but also favor things like keeping assault rifles out of private-sector use. They'd like to see someone other than Obama in the White House, but they don't favor conveying that message in ways that Nugent has conveyed it in the past.
If you think these people and these concerns don't exist, you are kidding yourself. An awful lot of Republicans are uneasy with their party being forcibly rebranded, whether it's by Ted Nugent on guns or a Tea Party debate crowd cheering at the idea of someone being left to die because they don't have health insurance or by those who believe evolution doesn't exist.
I had a great phone interview with Ted Nugent in 1998 and reviewed him twice in the '90s -- both times favorably. I know what he's about and I know what the local party's intent was in booking him as their speaker. I noted as much in the editorial. I also noted that he was a good choice given the party's stated goal: to sell tickets and raise money.
Apparently stating all this counts as harsh criticism and an assault on the Second Amendment. At least that's the way about 20 commenters had interpreted the editorial this morning. Pardon me for stating the obvious.
He makes the same mistake by repeating the lie that conservatives cheered the idea of someone being left to die because of not having health insurance. His assumptions are simply false, a basic big lie.
This guy's another clueless moron. He probably believes that the "AR" in AR-15 stands for Assault Rifle.
Really? There are traditional conservatives who don’t like citizens having guns?
Are they really conservatives?
If this limp-wristed hothouse lily represents even a small minority of the Republican Party, then we're in big trouble in November.
What is happening to the republican party ... gone all metrosexual liberal wussy. They don’t stand for anything, they don’t fight for anything.
Somebody tell me something that makes me think they don’t totally suck...
God help us because the republicans won’t....
Put Ted in charge of the batfe...
REAL Conservatives (traditional, paleo or Neo) believe in the constitution without any of the caveats, that this moron speaks of...
...and who might they be?
“Republicans” like this wonder why they can’t get elected in Illinois.
They are wusses and stand for nothing.
Oh, I thought it stood for Automatic Rifle. 8^)
Yeah, I know, it comes from Armalite.
You're absolutely right.
And those that do actually fight -- our Marines -- are vilified in the MSM (and even by some in the Republican establishment) for pissing on the body of an enemy combatant after a firefight to the death.
Seriously, right before our eyes, we're watching our country turn from a nation of alpha-males to a hand-wringing community of beta-females.
I honestly never thought I would see this happen in my lifetime.
“And those that do actually fight — our Marines — are vilified in the MSM (and even by some in the Republican establishment) for pissing on the body of an enemy combatant after a firefight to the death.”
I personally have no problem with what the Marines did considering the mutilations, beheadings and hangings on our own by this vile bunch of Muzzies. But, what were they thinking taping it? Did they not have a clue that one day it would get out?
“Seriously, right before our eyes, we’re watching our country turn from a nation of alpha-males to a hand-wringing community of beta-females.”
I agree, and I suggest that the 19th amendment has a LOT to do with it. After that, we began our national journey to becoming a more liberal, more politically correct place where feelings, and being offended are every bit as important as real crimes.
“The risk, of course, is that Nugent’s outspokenness might be off-putting to some party members, especially longtime, traditional conservatives. These are the people who favor gun rights, but also favor things like keeping assault rifles out of private-sector use.”
I don’t think so.
I am new to archery. This week I purchased a very lightly used Mathews Feather Max bow. I will be visiting my local archery shop tomorrow for assistance in setting/tuning the bow for my use.
Once my proper arrow length is determined I will, of course, be needing some arrows for this bow. I am curious as to whether any of the more experienced archers here have an opinion on 'Gold Tip' brand arrows. They offer a "Ted Nugent" branded arrow which seems quite reasonably priced.
Thanks for any assistance you can offer!
No “longtime, traditional conservative” favors keeping so-called’ assault rifles’ out of private hands. Country club RINO elitists with their precious Perazzi shotguns might think that way, but no real conservative would ever think so.
Before I get flack for attacking an, 'American Hero, really?' there's this:
I watched a lame show about Sturgis called Full Throttle Saloon, don't waste your time, it's lame. Ted and his entourage were there and they sound like the same pampered folks we hear about in Hollywood.
The Mitt-lovers and the Lindsay Graham loafer-khaki-Jaguar-Buffy-marrying types may vote GOP, but are not Conservatives. My grandparents belonged to the Country Club but also owned 2 farms and were avid hunters and fishermen...there is a balance, but the soft, miserable, Faconnable-wearing morons who like Daddy’s trust fund check but cannot use an ax to cut wood are useless.
It is high time that Conservatives (REAL Conservatives, not CINOs)realize that neither party cares a twit for us. Oh, they’ll take our money and beg for our votes, but once elected, they ignore us.
Then they really don't favor gun rights.
This guy is no Republican. He is an all out liberal and probably a registered Democrat. He is trying to define the Republican party into what he wants it to be. Do not buy into it.
The author of this screed would be well advised to let his blog gather more dust.
That’s what the Tea Party is about - taking over the GOP with conservatives.
If the “freshmen” get to Congress and ignore us, primaries are always less than 2 yrs away.
I think we found Megan McCain’s gynecologist......
most Flyover Constitutionalists are “off-putting” to the go-along-get-along governing “conservatives” that have become comfortable in DC...
Someone who’s used to talking with the reverb on?
8mm takes too long to develop . . .