In a March 14 Washington Times column, Ted Nugent repeatedly called Attorney General Eric Holder "racist," highlighting a recent request by the Department of Justice that the city of Dayton, Ohio, lower the passing scores for its police exams because they reportedly did "not meet terms of a lawsuit settlement that require the city to hire more black police and firefighters." Nugent did not note that the Bush DOJ originally sued the city of Dayton over the exams in September 2008; the lawsuit was later settled in February 2009 by the Obama DOJ.
From Nugent's column:
Flunking is the new norm at racist Eric H. Holder Jr.'s Department of Injustice. In yet another ugly, blatant and defining racist move, Mr. Holder is forcing the city ofDayton, Ohio, to lower the passing threshhold on the test for those wanting to be police officers because not enough black recruits passed the exam.
Instead of attracting the best and brightest to serve the public, racist Mr. Holder will now ensure that the good residents of Dayton will be protected by dunce cops who score the equivalent of a D or F on the entrance exam.
Entrance exam scores may also be lowered for firefighters so that more black applicants can be accepted.
What Mr. Holder clearly wants by forcing his racist substandards on the good citizens of Dayton is to ensure people he favors get a fair shake at becoming cops by lowering the standards to such a degree that there might as well not be any entrance exams.
Leaving aside that Mr. Holder's Department of Injustice should stay the heck out of Dayton's entrance exam standards (which were already pathetically low), the issue that should boil the blood of Dayton residents is that their tax dollars will pay the salaries of public employees who are functionally illiterate - the very bottom of the barrel.
So much for excellence, right, Eric the racist?
Maybe President Obama will come to Dayton and have a beer with angry citizens and try and assuage their concerns. What the president should do is fire the racist punk Mr. Holder for a pattern of ugly racist statements and behavior.
Unfortunately, Mr. Holder passed Mr. Obama's low, low standards.
Racism lives, and it lives in the Obama crony administration. How sad.
In a February 8 Washington Times column, Ted Nugent wrote that "there are some Americans who think Mr. Obama is out to destroy America or at to least reduce the country to the equivalent of a Third World country." He then added, "Sadly, it's hard to argue with the flow of evidence."
From Nugent's column:
Main-street Americans do not believe America is respected by the international community; they shake their heads in disbelief that communist China is poised to surpass the U.S. economically and think Mr. Obama has it all wrong - from energy to spending. To be fair, we can't lay all of our problems on his doorstep, but we can blame him for exacerbating them and creating new and tremendously expensive problems. Things are so bad that there are some Americans who think Mr. Obama is out to destroy America or at to least reduce the country to the equivalent of a Third World country. Sadly, it's hard to argue with the flow of evidence.
With the exception of bloodsuckers, unions and Fedzillacrats, Americans don't trust Mr. Obama. In fact, Americans have little trust and confidence that our bloated federal government can get anything right. This lack of trust and confidence by the American people in government and Mr. Obama is his and our biggest problem, and claiming he is studying the Reagan presidency is not going repair his image. The American people are smarter than that.
In a February 4 Washington Times column, Ted Nugent called for the "total destruction" of Social Security, calling it a "Ponzi scheme" and falsely claiming that it is "broke." In fact, as Media Matters has noted, without any changes, Social Security will be fully funded through 2037.
From Nugent's column:
Americans have been used, strung along, ripped off, manipulated and frightened for decades by runaway gangs of power-mongering, deceptive politicians.
I give you Social Security. As usual, it is the exact opposite of what we have been told. This classic Ponzi scheme is anti-social and insecure.
Social Security is bloated, broke and busted. FDR's New Deal turned out to be the Rip-off Deal.
The only way to truly reform Social Security is to sink it. Settling for anything less than the total destruction of this financial sinkhole would be perpetuating the problem and allowing Fedzilla to continue to pick the pockets of future generations of Americans.
The GOP should be telling young Americans that it is their responsibility to save and invest for their retirement and if they start saving today, they will amass a fortune over their careers. They should be told Social Security is a scam, a flat-out smoke-and-mirrors Ponzi scheme, pure and simple.
In a January 13 Washington Times column, Ted Nugent wrote that "[i]n the wake of violence perpetrated by a Tucson lunatic, liberals and others who should know better are calling for political rhetoric to be toned down." He later declared, "I say conservatives should turn up the rhetoric," and that "[o]nly softheaded, feel-good fantasizers from the cult of denial could believe that toning down the political rhetoric will somehow keep lunatics from doing loony things."
From Nugent's column:
In the wake of violence perpetrated by a Tucson lunatic, liberals and others who should know better are calling for political rhetoric to be toned down.
It's only those on the left who really want to tone down the political rhetoric - as in conservative rhetoric.
I say conservatives should turn up the rhetoric. When honestly identified, the hues and cries from the right are good for America, calls to get America back on track. Only those opposed to such an upgrade would find fault with such rhetoric.
Regardless of political stripes, all Americans should refuse to allow the actions of a psychotic mad dog to dictate how we conduct ourselves in the political arena, where political debate has always been spirited, hot and sometimes nasty.
Only softheaded, feel-good fantasizers from the cult of denial could believe that toning down the political rhetoric will somehow keep lunatics from doing loony things. Exhibit A: the sheriff of Pima County, Ariz.
Conservatives need to turn up the political rhetoric if they want to defeat the liberal agenda with a conservative agenda that is based on the Constitution, small government, lower taxes and much less spending.
Conservatives have liberals outnumbered and surrounded. Don't play nice with liberal snakes. Don't let them escape. Instead, do America a favor and crush liberalism.
In a January 5 Washington Times op-ed, Ted Nugent wrote that "[p]utting [Janet] Napolitano in charge of Homeland Security is analogous to putting a tax cheat in charge of the Department of Treasury or a closet racist in charge of the Department of Justice."
From Nugent's op-ed:
America is rife with insane security weaknesses. Take, for example, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Every time I see her mug on the television I see America's biggest and most glaring security weakness.
Putting Ms. Napolitano in charge of Homeland Security is analogous to putting a tax cheat in charge of the Department of Treasury or a closet racist in charge of the Department of Justice.
In a November 9 Washington Times op-ed, Ted Nugent wrote: "Domestically, we have gone through a bloody civil war, a catastrophic dust bowl, a Great Depression, Sept 11, 2001 and survived a number of attempts by the Democratic Party to destroy America."
Nugent also called for an end to an entitlement spending such as "Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security," stating: "If we are to save the country for future generations of Americans and ensure they have more opportunity than we do, we must address entitlement spending and address it now. Then kill it all."
From Nugent's op-ed:
Throughout our history, America has faced seemingly insurmountable domestic and international challenges.
Domestically, we have gone through a bloody civil war, a catastrophic dust bowl, a Great Depression, Sept 11, 2001 and survived a number of attempts by the Democratic Party to destroy America.
Entitlement spending, such as for the bizarre, runaway welfare, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, is the elephant in the room that no politician wants to address. If we are to save the country for future generations of Americans and ensure they have more opportunity than we do, we must address entitlement spending and address it now. Then kill it all.
In a September 29 Washington Times op-ed, Ted Nugent responded to the GOP "Pledge to America" by unveiling the "Ted Pledge" for Republicans. Among Nugent's proposals: "Republicans in name only (RINOs) should be purged from the GOP" and "[f]or every new law passed, Republicans should pledge to eliminate 1,000 existing federal laws, regulations and requirements." From Nugent's op-ed:
Republicans should then call a news conference and burn the federal tax code on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol and then march right back into the Capitol and pass a Fair Tax. Until then, no taxes should be withheld from our paychecks.
Republican politicians should pledge never to write or introduce a bill longer than our Constitution, which is roughly 5,000 words. If Congress critters can't write a bill in fewer than 5,000 words, they don't deserve to be in Congress. Period.
For every new law passed, Republicans should pledge to eliminate 1,000 existing federal laws, regulations and requirements.
Republicans should tell young Americans that Social Security is a Fedzilla financial Ponzi scheme and they will not receive a dime when they retire because Fedzillacrats have stolen all the money in the Social Security Trust Fund.
Republicans in name only (RINOs) should be purged from the GOP. RINOs are political punks who cannot be counted on. Get rid of them.
As the nation prepares to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, numerous media figures have propagated anti-Muslim rhetoric, often smearing Muslims as "terrorists," "jihadists," and "extremists," and dismissing Islam altogether as a "militant" and "anti-Semitic" faith.
In their relentless attacks against the planned Park51 Islamic community center in Manhattan, right-wing media have smeared the center as a potential haven or recruitment center for terrorists and extremists.
This post has been updated with further information.
One of the scheduled speakers at Glenn Beck's 8-28 "reclaim the civil rights movement" rally recently reportedly told an audience that he "like[d]" them because there were "a lot of white people."*
The Telegraph Herald reported earlier this month that musician and conservative activist Ted Nugent appeared at a show in Dubuque, Iowa, and told the crowd, "There's a lot of white people in this crowd -- I like that! (Dubuque) is a white town." The Telegraph Herald added that "Nugent also pointed out at least one audience member and questioned his race." The Iowa-based newspaper also slammed Nugent's remarks in an editorial, and noted that Nugent has a history of incendiary remarks.
According to Glenn Beck, Nugent is scheduled to appear at his 8-28 rally, which falls on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. Beck has repeatedly talked about his rally in civil rights terms, and reclaiming the movement.
The Southern Poverty Law Center notes that the show's guest roster is frequently populated with a "Who's Who" of radical racists such as "white supremacist" Sam Dickson; "white supremacist" Paul Fromm; former Klan leader David Duke; and "neo-Nazi activist April Gaede."
UPDATE 8/20: Dubuque365.com photographer Mark Dierker disputed the Telegraph Herald's Nugent quote, writing that "what I head [sic] him say in his opening monologue was this: 'Hey there sure are a lot of white people in this crowd. You need to do something about that.' He later said, heavy on the sarcasm, 'Dubuque is a white town.'"
*UPDATE 2: Mediaite's Tommy Christopher writes, "Nugent is no longer scheduled to appear at Glenn Beck's rally, but in this case, Media Matters can't claim credit. The Duge Nuge is booked at the Boise Knitting Factory on 8/28, a conflict that arose about a month ago (although, to be fair, this Facebook update appears to be the only news of the change)." The title of this post has been updated to reflect Nugent's cancellation.
In a July 23 op-ed in The Washington Times, Ted Nugent wrote:
Next year, America's total debt is expected to exceed $14 trillion. Each American's share of that debt totals just short of $50,000. If Fedzilla would be honest and put all the figures on the table, we would see that we are in debt more than $100 trillion because of the financial obligations for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
That's $100 trillion. One hundred percent predictable, 100 percent preventable.
This gigantic level of borrowing and spending is unsustainable by any measure, by any means. The only real reason Fedzilla would do such a thing would be that those currently in charge want to destroy America and turn us into a Third World nation. And the only possible explanation I can come up with is the admission that there have always been bad people who actually wish such horrors. Apparently, America is being run by just such bad people.
America is in a deep financial hole. President Obama's solution to this hole: Keep borrowing and spending. Dig, baby, dig.
We shouldn't expect anything different from a president and administration who don't have a clue about how private industry works or how Fedzilla's policies stifle growth. At least from my research, I still can't find anyone on the president's closest team who has actually started a successful business.
I can, however, find Che Guevara and Mao Zedong fans. Phenomenal.
While I believe that capitalism is the strongest man-made force on the planet, I don't believe the American economy can grow its way out of this mountain of self-inflicted debt, especially with Mr. Obama's insane economic policies, which seek to punish businesses (thereby limiting job creation) instead of enacting policies that would cause businesses to grow and our economy to catch fire.
In a July 9 Washington Times op-ed, Ted Nugent introduced his "Uncle Ted crowbar of logic" and said that he is "compelled to increase my crowbar swinging to new heights every day" because of "a community-organizer-in-chief whose terminal rookie agenda is maniacally to spend our way out of debt and drop charges against clear and present criminal New Black Panther thugs threatening voters in Philadelphia, to black-robed idiots claiming Americans have no right to self-defense, where pimps, whores and welfare brats party hearty with the mindless fantasy that Fedzilla will wipe their butts eternally, ad nauseam."
Nugent further wrote: "Some things, like life, are indeed sacred, and where gun control freaks have their way, innocent lives will always pay the ultimate price. Gun-free zones are a murderer's playgrounds. People who value life must do all we can to ban gun-free zones. Join the NRA."
From Nugent's op-ed:
In a world increasingly hellbent on abandoning logic and the ensuing escalation of Obama madness, it is clearly time for the maximum celebration of the good old, always reliable Uncle Ted crowbar of logic.
I am ThumpMaster, hear me roar.
In the otherwise universally recognized perfection of the American experiment in self-government, where evil monsters like Che Guevara and Mao Zedong are routinely worshipped by the very imbeciles that these historical murderers would have slaughtered unhesitatingly, to a community-organizer-in-chief whose terminal rookie agenda is maniacally to spend our way out of debt and drop charges against clear and present criminal New Black Panther thugs threatening voters in Philadelphia, to black-robed idiots claiming Americans have no right to self-defense, where pimps, whores and welfare brats party hearty with the mindless fantasy that Fedzilla will wipe their butts eternally, ad nauseam -- I am compelled to increase my crowbar swinging to new heights every day. I am the steel ballerina. Let's dance.
The line drawn in the American sand is very unfortunate, at times rather heartbreaking, but as long as there are people who insist on demanding policies that guarantee the continued slaughter of innocent lives, those of us who cherish life, liberty and the safe pursuit of happiness and good over paroled evil must not only stand strong and unmovable on our side of the self-defense line but also fight diligently either to educate the soulless and brain-dead among us or to eliminate them from the debate at the voting booth.
Some things, like life, are indeed sacred, and where gun control freaks have their way, innocent lives will always pay the ultimate price. Gun-free zones are a murderer's playgrounds. People who value life must do all we can to ban gun-free zones. Join the NRA.
In a July 7 Washington Times op-ed -- subtitled, "Obama protects the racists who back him" -- Ted Nugent joined other right-wing media in using the manufactured scandal surrounding the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case as an opportunity for race-baiting.
From Nugent's op-ed:
Whether you believe Mr. Adams or not, the smoke swirling around this case gives serious pause to question whether racist flames are being fanned at the department.
Decisions such as these give an objective and fair-minded person such as me reason to pause. Where there is smoke there usually is fire.
And there have been plenty of smoke signals from the Obama camp since it took over.
You may recall that before Justice dropped the charges against the Panther thugs, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. stated during his first major speech at the department, during Black History Month, "When it comes to race, [America] continues to be, in many ways, essentially a nation of cowards."
Mr. Holder did not give any specifics to substantiate his comments, which caused many Americans to think his remarks were fanning the flames of racism - including yours truly, the Motown Madman, carrier of the mighty Funkbrother torch.
President Obama then waded into the racial rapids in another matter by jumping to conclusions and siding with his black professor buddy who rightfully had been arrested by a white Cambridge, Mass., cop for resisting arrest. Turns out the facts did not support Mr. Obama's initial statements. The uproar over this racially charged situation caused the president to invite the white arresting officer and his black professor buddy to the White House for beers. So very presidential.
Moreover, before he was elected president, for more than 20 years, Mr. Obama and his family attended a church run by a maniacally racist minister who preached black racist theology. Mr. Obama quit the church when an ungodly, damning video of his racist minister came to light, unbelievably claiming he had missed the Rev. Jeremiah Wright's viciousness all those years. Yeah, right, and "Wango Tango" is a love song.
Are there racist flames here? That's for you to decide.
From the July 2 edition of Fox News' Hannity:
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Earlier this week, following the lead of Matt Drudge, conservative media figures absurdly claimed that Vice President Biden "compared Republicans to Nazis" when he used the term "blitzkrieg" in a fundraising email. As we pointed out, not only have numerous conservative elected officials and media outlets used the term "blitzkrieg" in a political context before, but they also routinely make far more explicit comparisons of Democrats to Nazis.
Well, using Matt Drudge's "standards," apparently Ted Nugent compared himself to a Nazi today in an op-ed he published in The Washington Times:
I'm on my 47th annual blitzkrieg rock 'n' roll tour across America. I have many guitars, oversized amplifiers and plenty of guns and ammo. The American Boy Scout lives. Prepared is good. Unprepared is for losers. Know it.
It would be absurd and dishonest to accuse Ted Nugent of comparing himself to a Nazi here - just as dishonest as it was when conservative media figures played dumb to accuse Biden of comparing Republicans to Nazis.