04.25.13

A Man for our time, fer sure

Posted in Ted Nugent, WhiteManistan at 9:06 am by George Smith


Nominated to replace the bald eagle as national symbol. C’mon, you know it’s just right.

The reason Ted Nugent has a career is because hate is profit. Not a week expires in which Nugent doesn’t recommend very bad things — extreme punishments, metaphorical shootings and slayings, for some individual or a group. In this Nugent is unstinting, an inexhaustible source of oil of vitriol for throwing in the eyes of others.

Week upon week upon week of it, a big show usually republished or rebroadcast everywhere. A surprisingly large number of people applaud and even pay money for it.

For example, from a small businessman’s affair in Texas, a few weeks back:

A cuddly Uncle Ted made only one joking reference to his wish that he could mow down South Central Los Angeles with an M-4 rifle; only dropped about 10 f-bombs in 50 minutes; paid tribute to the comedy stylings of the late Richard Pryor by laughing deliriously at the thought of Pryor’s “Afro on fire” as the comedian ran from his home in 1980 with his body engulfed in flames; and showed great restraint by only once referring to President Barack Obama as a “Chicago gangster.”

Over a decade ago this wouldn’t have worked. The country had not quite yet made pop-eyed rage, casual cruelty at the expense of others and the irrational mainstream and acceptable. But the real national spirit now, earned through years and years of dedicated toil, is one in which vindictiveness and malice toward all are virtuous.

The current Nugent rock show, from which the above clip in Grand Forks was taken, was reviewed recently:

Nugent, 64, was the most polarizing figure on the bill, thanks to his outspoken views on politics, hunting and guns. But it seems like it’s been at least 30 years since Nugent cared what anyone else thought about him, and he carried that cocksure attitude over to his performance. Basically, it was one long guitar solo, punctuated by an obscene amount of swearing and some “USA! USA!” patriotism tossed in for good measure.

The dates with REO and Styx make up over half his schedule. Without them it’s all dates in front of power drunks and topers at casinos and dive bars like the Flag Staff (now renamed as Penn’s Peak) in Jim Thorpe, PA, a place I wrote about decades ago in Nightclubbing.

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No one will make a record with Ted Nugent anymore.

Today, Nugent excoriates his home state.

From the Detroit Freep:

Michigan-born rocker Ted Nugent ripped the Pure Michigan tourism advertising campaign during a radio appearance this morning, saying his home state is becoming “a suburb of Illinois and San Francisco” due to liberalism and political correctness …

Nugent, a rock star of the 1970s who is known as the “Motor City Madman” and has hits that include “Cat Scratch Fever,” is a hunting enthusiast who has become increasingly politically active with conservative views. In 2012, he received a visit from the Secret Service after comparing President Barack Obama to coyotes that needed to be shot.

In today’s interview, Nugent complained about state laws and regulations that he said prohibit carrying loaded weapons on a motorized vehicle such as a four-wheeler used for hunting and require residents to trap, rather than shoot, beavers that become a nuisance around a resident.

Michigan readers were not impressed.

And from right wing conspiracy website WND, an excerpt from Ted’s Weekly column:

Ninety-nine weeks of unemployment is social and economic suicide. I say you get nine weeks of unemployment. If you need assistance after that, contact a church. Hunger is a great motivator …

I say we burn the existing U.S. tax code, which is the single biggest, most bombastic and ambiguous document in the history of the world, and replace it with a flat tax.

This is his audience, where one headline story of the day is
“School forces all girls to ask for lesbian kiss.”

It reads:

The students were introduced to terms such as “pansexual” and “genderqueer.”

Some of the young female students said they were told it was common for 14-year-old girls to have sex and their parents couldn’t stop them.

Mandy Coon, a mother of an eighth-grade student said, “I am furious. I am her parent. Where does anyone get the right to tell her that it’s OK for her to have sex?”

Readers who recall Ted Nugent’s history with underage women when he was an arena rocker may find the woman’s outrage unintentionally hilarious:

[Ted Nugent is] someone who has advocated the killing of all pedophiles, yet by his own admission had countless sexual encounters with underage girls, allegedly including a 12-year-old Courtney Love.

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