Assassinate It and Masticate It
The second NPR blurb concerned Ted Nugent and his absolutely absurd rhetoric about President Obama. Nugent talked about the “communist czars” that Obama has appointed, and said that if Obama is reelected, “I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” He apparently also called the Obama administration “vile,” “evil,” and “America-hating.”
It is so, so absurd. What linguistic gymnastics would need to be employed to defend calling the elected President of the United State of America “America-hating”? Does a bear shit in the woods? Is the Pope Catholic? No, actually, the Pope is a Catholic-hater!
Unless you’re a foreigner on the wrong side of a drone, I find it hard to see the immediate threats you face from Obama. Some small public platform as a rocker and hunter doesn’t make my vision any clearer on the point. Turning things around, though, the prospect of political assassination is a bit more realistic—especially with such overheated rhetoric.
And sadly, rhetoric like Nugent’s is not rare, and I’m not unfamiliar with it. I hear it from my Dad on occasion, and from his Mom on the regular. They talk so earnestly about Obama taking away our freedoms—while liking Rick Santorum! Sorry Grandma, but right now you are furnishing evidence that our brains evolved, and you are confirming my atheism.
(I heard this blurb, and am writing this blurb of my own, on April 19th. But seeing as I’m already scheduled out through the end of July, it’s getting posted when it is. Sorry if its relevance has waned, e.g. by this fucking rhetoric helping to get Obama assassinated, or by Nugent getting on some appropriate meds.)