Ted Nugent would rather talk about his 'I Still Believe' concert tour than his history of controversial rhetoric.
But as anyone familiar with both his concerts and his views knows, the two are strongly intertwined. In fact, the name of his current tour is also the name of his seminar at the National Rifle Association conference.
So when Nugent's tour was set to come to New Jersey, where I live, last week I sought to set up an interview.
I wanted to ask the NRA board member about: his view that health care reform supporters are pigs; calling the Muslim community "rude and stupid"; and his statement that those who even say "gun control" should go to jail.
And of course his comments during a 2007 concert that described then-Senator Barack Obama as a "piece of shit" and referred to then-Senator Hillary Clinton as a "worthless bitch."
But after initially agreeing to an e-mail interview, his publicist rejected our questions, claiming in an e-mail:
Unfortunately due to the nature of the questions in your e-interview with Ted Nugent, management has declined commentary from our client in an effort to ensure the press surrounding the date is focused on the music and not political statements.
It all began two weeks ago when his assistant, via e-mail, responded to my initial request for a live or phone interview with this e-mail:
Ted is conducting print interview via email
at this time. I have attached background to assist,
and will be sending hi res art.
You are welcome to submit your questions to
Assistant to Mr. Nugent
In his latest Washington Times column, Ted Nugent suggested that the Democratic Party is a "modern-day slave master" to low-income Americans. This is just the latest in Nugent's long history of violent and inflammatory rhetoric that has often targeted President Obama and other Democrats, as well as gays, Muslims, and environmental activists.
In a June 18 Washington Times column, Ted Nugent suggested that the Democratic Party is the "modern-day slave master" to low-income Americans, writing that Democrats "convinc[e] them that evil, greedy Republicans are the reason they are poor, unemployed and underemployed" and that "many are obviously too clueless to see which political party is their modern-day slave master and which one wants to liberate them."
When historians look back at this time in our history, I recommend they call this era "The Great American Taxpayer Fleecing."
This, of course, will not apply to those 50 percent of Americans who pay no income taxes. They get fleeced and conned in other ways, such as the Democratic Party convincing them that evil, greedy Republicans are the reason they are poor, unemployed and underemployed. Sadly, many are obviously too clueless to see which political party is their modern-day slave master and which one wants to liberate them.
In at least 40 instances since the beginning of 2011, conservative media outlets wrongly told consumers that the light bulb efficiency standards scheduled to take effect in 2012 will require them to use compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs).
Today, House Republicans voted to block light bulb efficiency standards passed in 2007. For months, conservative media have demonized the standards, portraying them as far-left, nanny state overreach. For instance, Fox's Charles Payne declared this week that the efficiency standards are designed to advance the "tree hugger" ideology:
Occasionally, in their hurry to link the efficiency standards with the "tree hugger" left, they've gotten a key fact wrong. A Washington Times column a by Ted Nugent attributes the light bulb standards to "this administration's energy policy," when in fact they were passed by George W. Bush.
Indeed, the history of federal efficiency standards is covered in the fingerprints of the last three Republican presidents.
In a July 6 Washington Times column headlined, "Obama punks America," Ted Nugent promoted the figure that the stimulus cost $287,000 per job to claim that "when the stimulus dust finally settles and the truth shines through, the American taxpayer will have been fleeced for almost the entire trillion-dollar stimulus." Nugent further wrote: "The insane punking of America punks on."
As Media Matters has noted, simply dividing the amount of money spent by the number of jobs created is, according to an Associated Press fact check, "highly misleading," and economist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman has called this math "bogus."
From Nugent's column:
President Obama's very own Council of Economic Advisers has released a scathing report on the impact of his near-trillion-dollar economic stimulus package. Its analysis: Each job created or saved cost the American taxpayer a whopping $287,000.
The insane punking of America punks on.
My own gut-check economic analysis is that when the stimulus dust finally settles and the truth shines through, the American taxpayer will have been fleeced for almost the entire trillion-dollar stimulus.
What we are witnessing is an economic train wreck, and Mr. Obama is the willful engineer. Learn your lesson well, America. Never allow Fedzilla to do what the free market can and should do and is able to do much cheaper and more efficiently. Until then, enjoy your fleecing.
In a June 30 Washington Times column, Ted Nugent declared that if Thomas Jefferson were alive today, he "would not be celebrating our independence but rather encouraging Americans to revolt once again" because "our republic" has been "financially raped, pillaged and plundered by our King George-like professional politicians, who buy our votes with our tax dollars by creating vast federal handout programs, departments and agencies that Uncle Sugar Daddy was never intended or designed to create or manage."
Nugent concluded by asking readers to celebrate Independence Day by "sit[ting] down with your children, loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers and read the Declaration of Independence and discuss it. Get them to commit to a new uprising in which our King George politicians are dethroned and run out of Washington. Be a patriot and save America."
From Nugent's Washington Times column:
Thomas Jefferson would be shocked and appalled if he could see what America has done to this grand experiment since he drafted the Declaration of Independence. On Independence Day 2011, Mr. Jefferson would not be celebrating our independence but rather encouraging Americans to revolt once again.
On our embarrassing, apathetic watch, we have allowed our republic to be financially raped, pillaged and plundered by our King George-like professional politicians, who buy our votes with our tax dollars by creating vast federal handout programs, departments and agencies that Uncle Sugar Daddy was never intended or designed to create or manage. The result: America is tens and tens of trillions of dollars in debt.
Statesmen such as Mr. Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington and others would not have condoned this grotesque financial irresponsibility emanating out of the toxic swamp of Washington. Again quoting Mr. Jefferson, "It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes."
On this Independence Day, sit down with your children, loved ones, friends, neighbors and co-workers and read the Declaration of Independence and discuss it. Get them to commit to a new uprising in which our King George politicians are dethroned and run out of Washington. Be a patriot and save America.
When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another ...
Happy Independence Day. God bless America.
In a June 15 Washington Times column, Ted Nugent attacked President Obama's economic policies and wrote that "[e]ither the Obama administration does not know its history or it intentionally wants to kill off the nation's private sector. It might be a little of both."
From Nugent's column:
President Obama's economic and social engineering has been a flop, a disaster. The economy continues to sputter, gag and hemorrhage; unemployment and underemployment are getting worse, not better; housing prices continue to plummet; the dollar's value is shrinking; and our debt is suffocating any hopes of a long-term economic recovery. Keep the Titanic on course, captain.
Dumping more than a trillion dollars into the market and claiming to want to stimulate the nation's economy is analogous to intentionally allowing the Missouri River to flood towns and cities because the streets need cleaning.
Either the Obama administration does not know its history or it intentionally wants to kill off the nation's private sector. It might be a little of both.
In an April 19 Washington Times column headlined, "NBA's gay gag order," Ted Nugent criticized the NBA for fining Kobe Bryant for using a gay slur, writing that "Bryant committed this egregious verbal foul because he used a word demeaning to homosexuals, the most protected class of people in America" and that "[t]hose among us who work tirelessly to shut down (and shout down, if the need arises) speech they disagree with must also be absolutely gay with pride and satisfaction over this fine."
Nugent further wrote that "[i]f the NBA had any true gay convictions, the NBA should host a Homosexual Night" during which "homosexuals could come down on the court, hold hands and prance around the court to music by the Village People. The NBA could then give each homosexual a pink basketball as a symbol of solidarity."
From Nugent's column:
Basketball superstar Kobe Bryant was socked with a $100,000 fine by the NBA last week for calling a referee what the NBA thinks is a derogatory, ugly and vile name.
To be exact, Mr. Bryant committed this egregious verbal foul because he used a word demeaning to homosexuals, the most protected class of people in America.
Gay rights groups applaud the decision of the NBA, which must make all the homosexual basketball fans feel peachy and special. Who knows, maybe the NBA will use Mr. Bryant's $100,000 to buy courtside seats for gay basketball fans. Yeah, that's the ticket. Show some gay pride, NBA.
Those among us who work tirelessly to shut down (and shout down, if the need arises) speech they disagree with must also be absolutely gay with pride and satisfaction over this fine.
If the NBA had any true gay convictions, the NBA should host a Homosexual Night. During halftime, the homosexuals could come down on the court, hold hands and prance around the court to music by the Village People. The NBA could then give each homosexual a pink basketball as a symbol of solidarity.
Homosexuals are a protected class in America. If you think what happened to Mr. Bryant was a travesty, just wait until you see what homosexuals in the military do when they claim they have been mistreated because of their sexual orientation.
In an April 4 Washington Times column, Ted Nugent wrote that "[e]mbracing so-called green energy is an energy death sentence for America" and that "[w]hat we need to do is purge ourselves of Mideast oil that is controlled by robe-wearing, voodoo-entranced OPEC mobsters." Nugent concluded: "Just as our defiant forefathers poured English tea into the Boston Harbor, we should tell the current ruling class of bureaucrats they can stick their curly light bulbs where the sun doesn't shine. I got your green energy right here."
From Nugent's column:
The anti-American green goony squad squawks endlessly about the need to ween ourselves from oil after last year's spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Green energy is energy-less. Embracing so-called green energy is an energy death sentence for America.
Amazingly, a component of this administration's energy policy is to ban Thomas Edison's light bulb and force Americans to use "environmentally friendly" compact fluorescent light bulbs by 2014, all of which are made by communist China and pose serious health and environmental threats due to their mercury content.
America has enough oil and natural gas right off our coasts to power America for at least a couple of generations. Banning the extraction of this energy condemns us to continued slavery to OPEC.
We don't need to ween ourselves off oil. What we need to do is purge ourselves of Mideast oil that is controlled by robe-wearing, voodoo-entranced OPEC mobsters.
Drill here and drill now and eliminate the OPEC mob.
The question we need to ask ourselves is this: Are we creative, bold entrepreneurs who can solve our own problems with our own resources and solutions or have we turned into a pack of whimpering, dependent punk slaves?
Just as our defiant forefathers poured English tea into the Boston Harbor, we should tell the current ruling class of bureaucrats they can stick their curly light bulbs where the sun doesn't shine. I got your green energy right here.
In a March 23 Washington Times column, Ted Nugent wrote that "the majority of Americans find liberalism to be a bankrupt, brain-dead political ideology that destroys instead of builds and creates dependence instead of independence."
From Nugent's column:
Tragically, American colleges remain infested with leftover liberals who spout socialist and communist idiocy from their insulated, ivory towers. However, the majority of Americans find liberalism to be a bankrupt, brain-dead political ideology that destroys instead of builds and creates dependence instead of independence.
Real rebellion is cool so long as the rebels replace the current system with something better, such as that which the American Revolution achieved.
The Obama administration is backing all of the Mideast rebellions. From Egypt to Libya, there's not a word of caution from the Obama administration about these rebellions; not a word of caution about what the new political environment will be if the rebellions succeed. The president's radical America-hating chums obviously continue to influence their community organizer.
Obama administration types are not just throwing caution to the wind by backing these rebellions. They are throwing the world into a potential hotbed of life-threatening extremism. That's a dumb move.
In a March 22 Washington Times op-ed, Ted Nugent claimed America should not intervene in the "Dark Continent" of Africa because no country there "truly respects freedom or the rule of law." Nugent claimed, "Once we swat one of these African cockroaches or intervene in their civil war, where do we stop?" From the Washington Times:
Africa isn't called the Dark Continent for no reason. Africa has forever been a politi- cal nightmare full of overt corruption, tribal warfare, genocide, murderous regimes and brutal dictators.
There is no country in Africa that truly respects freedom or the rule of law. The majority of countries in Africa are in economic ruin because of political corruption and a history ugly with cruel despotism. That's why starvation and disease are rampant. AIDS is projected to kill as much as half the populations of some countries. Genocide is a way of life. There is little light in Africa.
Africa is an international scab. Bono of the band U2 advocates that if we forgive debt African nations owe, peace and tranquillity will sprout up mystically. The real problem is murdering, corrupt thugs and punks like Col. Gadhafi. Once we swat one of these African cockroaches or intervene in their civil war, where do we stop?
America can't solve all the world's problems, nor should it try. We have enough of our own problems to address without getting involved in a Libyan civil war.
Spending national treasure by bombing Libya is not wise when we have no strategic interest in Libya and we are bankrupt. It would have been much cheaper for the CIA to arrange for the cockroach colonel's demise than to spend billions and billions of dollars that we don't have in hopes he is toppled. Whatever happened to that wonderful American ingenuity of improvise, adapt and overcome?
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.