Ted Nugent’s call to behead President Obama is the mark of a deranged tyrant
Sometimes idiocy is self-evident, as in the case of Ted Nugent. Here is a man who flew around on stage with an approximation of a caveman’s garment covering his genitalia, but who also rode a buffalo onto stage on several occasions.
If one can remember the “Nuge’s” VH1 Behind the Music special, recall that his straight edge stance—no booze or drugs—was the result of a very conservative father. We might say that Ted Nugent circa 2012 is the direct result of operant conditioning. Nugent himself has stated that his parents were “hardcore disciplinarians and guided us kids to be accountable and conscientious in everyday life.” Nugent expected reward (his parents’ approval) simply to avoid the harsh discipline. This is his code now: If one does not act in Ted Nugent fashion, one must be corrected, perhaps with a little violence, even if metaphorically.
Nugent, a man so publicly committed to nature, might have benefitted from eating some psilocybin.
In Nugent’s warped mind, however, the greatest self-evident truth is “God gave us the right to defend ourselves, that we really strike a resonant chord of unity.” This goes quite some way in describing the psychology of Nugent. Social harmony is not the result of reason, empathy, ethics and morality but forged in the steel of a gun or blade. It is the final arbiter of right and wrong.
In Nugent’s words, “I have been militantly against law breakers, drug and alcohol abusers, and hippies my entire adult life.” Indeed, Nugent is roundly against any other. It’s fairly clear that in his mind, there is one way of living, and it’s Ted Nugent’s way.
With that in mind, is it any wonder that Nugent would resort to the violent ugliness of his recent radio broadcast in which he used a “Braveheart” metaphor to suggest, “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?”
“I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” said Nugent. “But, if you can’t go home and get everybody in your lives clean house in this vile, evil America-hating administration, I don’t know what you’re made of.” It’s certainly demagoguery, but maybe Nugent sincerely believes that Obama is out to take his guns and those of all Americans.
Look, I was raised in a household with guns. My father was, and still is, a hunter and outdoorsman. And having grown up in a small town, I can speak with some authority to the fact that many conservative, card-carrying NRA citizens operate under a misinformed assumption, propagated by conservative demagogues, that Democrats or Liberals would like to ban guns. It’s just not the case. What some Democrats in Congress and in past administrations have argued, however, is that while Americans are free to own guns, it’s not wise to sell a gun to a criminal or a mentally-unbalanced person. (Nugent, perhaps?)
Background checks are a good idea. The counter argument is that someone who intends to commit an armed crime will find a gun on the black market. Perhaps, although it’s not exactly easy (unless one has the connections) to buy guns in this way. What is easy is walking into a Wal-Mart and coming out with shotgun without so much as background search. This is the world that some, including Nugent, want and which is being denied to them by the “evil” Democrats.
Now, the background checks aren’t perfect, but the alternative would give psychopaths and criminals the opportunity to get guns in under an hour.
It’s about time Nuge dropped the straight edge way of life and smoked a joint. That, or he needs sedation and a trip to the psychiatric ward.