“If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!”
– Sarah Palin’s reason for endorsing Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign in Texas.
It’s been a terrible twelve or so months for the Republicans. An objective commentator might point out that the shift too far to the right, or to the left, will always spell trouble for a political party. Most voters are not looking to radically shift the direction of the country to either extreme, and so the more a party appears to offer such a shift, the more voters will turn away. Instead of addressing the issues that Republicans seem to have in connecting with anyone who isn’t a white, middle aged, Christian, heterosexual male, they instead have weirdly chosen to embrace that mentality of exclusivity. An extreme ideological mentality – moulded and set by overly paranoid conspiratorial ‘analysts’ like Limbaugh – that will without doubt see them fall further from electability and harm the party in the long run. Nowhere is this more pronounced than their odious courting and embracing of Ted Nugent by Republican Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign in Texas.
So here is the GOP’s new hero, Ted Nugent, in his own words:
Ted Nugent in 1992 on anyone who wasn’t born in America:
“… Yeah they love me (in Japan) – they’re still assholes. These people they don’t know what life is. I don’t have a following, they need me; they don’t like me they need me … Foreigners are assholes; foreigners are scum; I don’t like ’em; I don’t want ’em in this country; I don’t want ’em selling me doughnuts; I don’t want ’em pumping my gas; I don’t want ’em downwind of my life-OK? So anyhow-and I’m dead serious …”
Ted Nugent on those fighting to break down barriers to gender equality:
“What’s a feminist anyways? A fat pig who doesn’t get it often enough?”
Ted Nugent on the murder of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin:
“Trayvon got justice.”
Ted Nugent’s letter to the girlfriend of a guy he’d met, who wouldn’t let him go hunting:
“I wrote her something and I said ‘Drop dead, bitch’… What good is she, trade her in, get a Dalmatian. Who needs the wench?”
Ted Nugent after explaining how he dodged the Vietnam draft:
“But if I would have gone over there, I’d have been killed, or I’d have killed all the Hippies in the foxholes. I would have killed everybody.”
– Instead, the ‘Patriot’ Ted Nugent worked up a plan to dodge the draft, whilst fellow Americans put their lives on the line.
Ted Nugent on rappers:
“MTV is a liberal lump of hippy snot. They are embarrassing. Those big uneducated greasy black mongrels on there, they call themselves rap artists.”
– Yes. The new hero of one of the two major political parties in the US, referred to people as “uneducated greasy black mongrels”.
Ted Nugent on what constitutes “real” Americans:
“You know what I’m on top of? I’m on top of a real America with working hard, playing hard, white motherfucking shit kickers, who are independent and get up in the morning.”
– In the same interview, and following this quote, when told that African Americans were just as hard working as white Americans, Nugent said:
“Show me one.”
Ted Nugent on President Obama:
“communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel.”
Ted Nugent and Confederacy nostalgia:
“I’m beginning to wonder if it would have been best had the South won the Civil War.”
– The South. You know, the region fighting specifically to uphold the institution of slavery.
Ted Nugent on Hillary Clinton:
“You probably can’t use the term `toxic cunt’ in your magazine, but that’s what she is. Her very existence insults the spirit of individualism in this country. This bitch is nothing but a two-bit whore for Fidel Castro.”
Ted Nugent’s violent, misogynistic rant on what he’d like to do with his machine guns and women in politics:
“Hey, Hillary, you might want to ride one of these [machine gun] into the sunset, you worthless bitch. Since I’m in California, how about [Senator] Barbara Boxer [D-CA], she might want to suck on my machine gun. And [Senator] Dianne Feinstein [D-CA], ride one of these you worthless whore. Any questions? ”
Ted Nugent – having exhausted Confederate nostalgia, racism, and misogyny – now turns to repugnant homophobia:
“I got to tell you, guys that have sex with each others’ anals cavities – how can we offend guys that have anal sex?”
Ted Nugent solution to those people crossing the border from Mexico:
“In an unauthorized entry, armed, like they are right now, invading our country, I’d like to shoot them dead.”
Ted Nugent on Hillary Clinton:
“Our politicians check their scrotum in at the door. Even Hillary, but obviously she has spare scrotums.”
After Nugent’s most recent vile Benghazi tantrum, in which he referred to the President as a “chimpanzee” and “subhuman mongrel”, Texas Governor, Republican Rick Perry said that he didn’t take offence at the comment, and:
“That’s Ted Nugent. Anybody that’s offended sorry, but that’s just Ted.”
– A few hours later, it would appear that Perry had a change of heart, when he then told CNN:
“That is not appropriate language to use about the president of the United States.”
– A bit of an odd choice of words. I’d suggest it’s not appropriate language to use about anyone, not just the President. It’s horrendously racist terminology.
The cynic in me might argue that Perry issued this second comment on the controversy, because Nugent’s ‘chimpanzee’ and ‘mongrel’ analogy is incredibly damaging to the Republicans, and to the campaign of Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott. It was perhaps Perry’s way of attempting to create distance between the Republican Party, and a horrifyingly racist, misogynist, homophobic, Confederacy sympathiser. Greg Abbott on the other hand, will be continuing to campaign alongside Nugent. It is frightening that in the US, in the 21st Century, Wendy Davis – a great advocate of women’s health rights – will almost certainly be defeated in Texas’s gubernatorial race, by a Republican candidate who has fully embraced a venomous human being like Ted Nugent.
The love affair between Ted Nugent and the GOP, reflects perfectly the hideous direction the Republican Party has taken in recent years. Indeed, Nugent is the personification of the Tea Party influence on the Republican Party; his violent, misogynistic, racist, homophobic rhetoric, subtly masked with conspiratorial (Benghazi) tones as its weak justification, is the very essence of the Tea Party. It is a brand new Republican Party falling over to the political extremes more and more by the day. It is therefore a Republican Party unlikely to win the White House again in a very, very long time.