Ted Nugent: Rock’s Village Idiot

ted nugentStill looking for reasons to reelect Barack Obama next November? Here’s a dandy one:

“I’ll tell you this right now: If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” - Ted Nugent

But seriously, folks….

I don’t go to rock concerts very much anymore. To be honest with you, as I get a bit older I’ve become less “crowd friendly” than I once was. But back in the day I was quite the concert-goer indeed.

One night a group of friends literally had to drag me down to New York City to attend a concert that was being performed by a newcomer named Ted Nugent. As I recall, the event took place at Madison Square Garden. It was 1977 and I was eighteen. At the time, Nugent’s new album, “Cat Scratch Fever” was all the rage among teenaged guys. I was in the minority.

I had heard the LP enough times on my pal Paul Scesa’s 8-Track machine to render a verdict on the man’s worth as singer, musician and composer. To be blunt, I was not at all impressed with what I heard. In the parlance of the day, I thought the guy sucked. I still do.

About half way through the festivities I told my gang that I would meet them back at the car when the show was over. I spent the rest of the evening at a bar on West 32nd Street, gulping down gin and tonics. The drinking age was eighteen back then. It was the only time in my life I ever walked out of a rock concert. Honestly, the guy was that bad.

You might call Ted Nugent “the one-hit wonder that just won’t go away”. Countless times in the past, just when I think old Teddy boy has been hurled back into permanent obscurity where he rightfully belongs, he somehow manages to resurrect himself — always by saying something incredibly stupid. True to form, he’s done it again:

“If the coyote’s in your living room, pissing on your couch, it’s not the coyote’s fault. It’s your fault for not shooting him.”

The “coyote” in this case is President Barack Obama.

Our government has wasted too many taxpayer dollars down through the years “investigating” people in show business. John Lennon and Charlie Chaplin have enough paper in their respective FBI files to fill your average Encyclopedia Britannica. Incredibly these two men were seen somehow as a “threat” to the peace and security of the free world. Can you believe that? But I’ve gotta tell you that I was happy to learn that the Secret Service is launching an inquiry into Nugent and the statements he made. What makes matters worse is the fact that he spoke these words at a gathering of the NRA!

This is serious stuff, kids. It has nothing to do with “freedom of speech”. Inciting any of the dim-witted masses to assassinate the president of the United States is beyond foolhardy and reactionary. It’s criminal. I’m sure in his mind he was only making an innocent “analogy”. But I think it’s fair to conclude that he’s not smart enough to realize that most of the people he was addressing aren’t smart enough to know the difference. I’ll be blunt. Some of those NRA types aren’t exactly Rhode Scholars if you know what I mean.

If you’ve read my writing with even a molecule of regularity during the last six years, you know that I was not (to put it as mildly as is possible) a huge fan of George W. Bush. But I never — publicly or privately — wished the despicable little thug any physical harm. In fact I used to pray out loud that he’d be kept safe from an assassin’s bullet. Shit! The last thing we need is the body of a right-wing martyr for the extremists to rally around. Can you just imagine how the Tea party imbeciles would react to something likethat??? If you think they’re nuts now….

Some more jolly thoughts from the wit and wisdom of Ted Nugent:

“If you can’t go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don’t even know what you’re made out of….We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.”

Is this guy available for children’s parties?

If I’m writing about a person who has made the news, I’ll usually spend about three to four hours researching them beforehand. I really can’t be bothered with Ted. I know everything about him I need to know and I want to know nothing more. Quite obviously the man is a no-talented fool and a has-been. He hasn’t charted anything in decades. The only way he can give his royalties a little boost every now and then is by going out in public with a full-tilt freakout against commies, hippies and lefties. It really is kinda sad when you think about it.

Cat Scratch Fever is the only song that most people remember. Ask me to name another tune or album he did in the 35 years since and I won’t be able to tell you. And bare in mind that for many years rock ‘n’ roll was a passion of mine. For decades I followed the music industry very closely. Where Ted Nugent is concerned I’m am as indifferent as it’s possible to be. He’s not even half-a-blip on my radar.

It is the height of irresponsibility to be making firearm analogies against any president — particularly one who has had more threats made against his life than any American politician since Abraham Lincoln. I hate to bring up this sensitive point here, but we all know how his story ended. It’s a lesson in futility to assume that Ted “should have known better”. It’s obvious enough that the poor, silly bastard doesn’t have the sense to come in out of the rain. What is troubling are the number of Americans who take Ted Nugent - and people like him - seriously as national spokespersons. That’s the most disturbing thing.

Until the day of mass-enlightenment occurs (don’t hold your breath) I’m afraid we’re stuck with jackasses like Ted who love nothing more than to steal the national limelight by inciting hate and hysteria. That’s what they do best and I have to admit they do it quite well. Someday they will grow old and die, only to be replaced by another generation of hate mongers. They seem to perpetuate themselves. They may enjoy success and treasure during their time on this earth, but posterity is never kind to them. They always end up on history’s trash heap.

I really worry about the safety of President Obama. The recent prostitution scandal involving the Secret Service in South America has got me thinking that some of these guys might not be on the ball as much as they should be. (Are there any women in the Secret Service?)

tom deganI‘m old enough to remember November 22, 1963. I don’t believe America ever totally recovered from the trauma of that day. It must not happen again. A repeat of history will completely crack this nation in two. This is a touchy subject so I’ll just say this: If anything ever happens to our president, more-than-a-few people will be forced to stand up and account for their words. Ted Nugent is one of those people.

That is what is known as “thinking the unthinkable”.

Tom Degan
The Rant 

Published by the LA Progressive on April 18, 2012
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About Tom Degan

Tom Degan is a fifty-four-year old video artist who in 2006 became so thoroughly disgusted at the state of America's national political dialogue, he decided to take time off to become a freaking civics teacher. He was born in Goshen, NY in 1958 and, after living all over the United States and Canada, moved back there in 1992. He is a high school dropout who in 1977 received an equivalency diploma (HEY, IT'S LEGAL!) He attended SUNY in Middletown, NY and in 1986 studied journalism at the New School in New York City. He is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and has worked as a truck driver, a radio DJ, and a metal worker... OK, he didn't ACTUALLY receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but he DID get some kind of ribbon of sorts when he was in the Cub Scouts. He is the inventor of Cheez Whiz and lives off the royalties on the sales of that fine product. He loves children and little baby duckies. FULL DISCLOSURE: He didn't really invent Cheez Whiz. His address is: 2590 Rte 17M (PO BOX 611) Goshen, NY 10924 (845) 294-5714