09.30.10

Catching up with Nugent

Posted in Extremism, Ted Nugent at 9:07 am by George Smith

Ted Nugent’s latest column in the WaTimes, more on trying to build his speaking engagements at Tea Party events. It’s unoriginal standard Tea Party cant, concocted by the wealthy men backing the movement: Give tax cuts to the rich, get rid of the IRS in favor of the Fair Tax, end all taxing of corporations, kill Social Security because it’s “a Ponzi scheme.”

Freeze all government hiring except for the military. Cut federal government by 25 percent at once, which would seemingly mean eliminating the Dept. of Education as well as other things most Americans take for granted.

It’s only startling in its degree of bootlicking for the interests of the most wealthy. The only thing not in it is some utterance like “Taxation eats the seed corn of freedom and democracy.”

It’s here.

More interesting is Ted’s appearance on a show called Deer and Deer Hunting.

Uploaded to YouTube, I’ve taken the only segment worth viewing.

Nugent’s misdemeanor conviction for deer baiting has rattled him. The hosts of the show, if one watches all the segments, never actually make him address it, though.

However, at one point Nugent does begin ranting about regulations. “We have to attack the game laws,” he begins. Seconds later he’s complaining about blue law preventing hunting on Sunday in eleven states, that it is unethical, anti-freedom, anti-goodwill and indecent.

Nugent continues that when he was a kid in Michigan, four counties prevented his hunting on Sundays. And he only had the weekend to hunt, being at school, so 50 percent of his time to do it was lost.

DD had to laugh. Having grown up in the heart of deer country in Pennsylvania, all the kids who hunted simply didn’t come to school on the first days of hunting season. Their parents were all right with it. So was the school.

After decreeing that Sunday prohibitions on hunting must go, Nugent then sputters on angrily about “spilled corn.” This is in reference to his deer-baiting conviction. He nearly blows a spoke over it.

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