The ever-nutty Ted Nugent spoke at a Tea Party event in Emblem, Wyoming on Saturday. There, he fired up a cheering crowd by ranting about liberals and claiming the U.S. government has ‘turned on us’ since we beat the “Japs and Nazis” in World War II. And then, he moved on to that bit about the ranchers and their gerbils.
We assume Nugent uses the word “Japs” in reference to Japanese people, not Jewish American Princesses. Either way, it’s a racial slur, and … we didn’t even know anyone used that word in public anymore.
First, Nugent warmed up the salivating crowd who had converged upon this tiny, 10-person town, as reported by Scott T. Weber from Gunrunner Blog:
“This is my kind of place… I smell antelope! And I love it because I am a hunter, a trapper and a fisherman!”
Then he warned the folks from the Big Horn Basin Tea Party — whom Weber finds insufficiently nutty and refers to as “sell-outs” — to beware of them gun-grabbin’ liberals:
“Folks, just because you’re living in Wyoming don’t for a second think you’re immune from the liberals who want to take away your Second Amendment rights. Look at what happened in Colorado!”
Nugent also discusses the “culture war” liberals supposedly wage against idiot rednecks, when all we’re trying to do is prevent them from endangering their safety and ours with their guns and toxic hate culture:
“It’s a culture war. It’s not a culture discussion. It’s not a culture picnic. It is a war for the very soul of the last best place that is designed not to let kings, and tyrants, and emperors tell us what to do.”
(Nugent and his teabaggers want us to have a country where haters, gun nuts, evil corporations, so-called “Christians,” and the Koch brothers tell us what to do, instead.)
“Rather we, the people, tell THEM what to do!”
(Unless “the people” want crazy sh*t like gun control, environmental protection, a higher minimum wage, and civil rights for all)
“And if they don’t do it, you don’t just vote ’em out, you might have to arrest them, and try them, and convict them, and JAIL them.”
Whoa, them’s fighting words. What happens if half the people want a politician to do one thing, and half want her to do another? Or — in Obama’s case — what about when everybody except those pain-in-the-butt Teabaggers wants him to do stuff, and the Teabaggers keep thwarting and trying to impeach him?
Nugent’s speech contains so much insanity, it’s hard for anyone picking it apart to know where to start. The folks from Media Matters are the ones who first honed in on Nugent’s remarks on “Japs,” ranchers, and gerbils.
First he mentions how our government’s gotten evil since back in World War II, when we defeated the “Japs and Nazis.”
“I know I’m speaking your language. I know nothing I’ve said surprises you, except maybe the insane depth of this self-inflicted curse of apathy. We have bent over since World War II because we couldn’t believe that good — the universally celebrated good of America crushed the universally understood evil of Japs and Nazis. We couldn’t believe that that government that represented us in good over evil could possibly turn on us.”
And — finally — here comes the even crazier part about the ranchers and their gerbils.
“They’ve turned on us. They’ve literally turned on us, ranchers being arrested because of gerbils on their range or some families arrested because the EPA claims they are building a barn on a wetland where for 200 years of satellite documentation, no moisture.”
Watch part of Nugent’s speech.
Here’s the video from Media Matters.
h/t Media Matters. Photo: Ted Nugent’s Facebook page.