Okay, I think we need to take a deep breath here and think about cutting Ted Nugent a little slack for his comment: “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” I might not agree with it, it might be a little incendiary, but I don’t think he was threatening the president.
You can read all about this here. That’s right, the secret service actually has to go and talk to Nugent now just in case he was threatening the president when he said that. Threatening the life of a US president, particularly in retaliation for legal job performance, is a serious federal crime. I know the secret service has to follow up on this, however much they may not believe that Ted Nugent was actually threatening the president. This is their job (which does not include visiting Colombian prostitutes).
Still, as much as I may in general think that Ted Nugent is a lunatic, I didn’t think he was threatening the president. I reposted a link to a similar article because I thought it was funny that Ted’s comments actually pushed me towards Obama (I still haven’t made up my mind for the election) which was the opposite of what Ted wanted.
After all, Ted seemed to suggest to me that if Obama was elected Ted might be off the streets. Ted is a scary, scary man. I like some of his music, but I half believe that if Ted was anywhere near me I might end up accidentally exploding. That’s just the sort of thing that I imagine happens around Ted. Or, perhaps he would light my car on fire to prove a point about something. I just don’t feel he’s completely stable, but that’s Ted (or at least my imagined version of him). As such, it seemed like perhaps things would be just a tiny bit safer on the Ted Nugent front if Obama got re-elected.
Mind you, I support the right to bear arms, though I may not be the strongest advocate out there and agree with a lot of gun control. Still, though I support the right to bear arms in general Ted Nugent’s right to bear arms in specific makes me a bit nervous. He’s fucking crazy, after all.
However, I do recognize that Ted could possibly have been saying that if Obama got elected again that Ted would go after him, thus ending up either dead or in jail. It is a possibility, but I don’t think it’s the most likely. For example, if Ted was really saying he’d go after the president if he was re-elected, why would dead or in jail be the only possibilities? If that was what he was really saying, he could find himself a fugitive if he managed to get away.
No, I think it is more likely that Ted was putting forth the position that Obama would outlaw Ted’s guns and Ted would either go to jail for refusing to give them up or die when the ATF attempted to take them from him (insert ‘cold dead hand’ standard NRA comment here). He was talking to an NRA assembly, wasn’t he? Isn’t this most likely what he was saying? (Mind you, I think this idea is flawed because I don’t think Obama is taking away guns. I think this is alarmist anti-Obama fear but even if so then Ted has a right to voice his mind.)
As long as he wasn’t actually threatening the president I have to say I think we should give Ted some slack on this. I can’t advocate violating federal laws prohibiting retaliation against elected officials and/or armed insurrection but other than that I fully support Ted’s right to speak even if that speech is offensive. Celebrities are always chiming in on political issues and often what they say seems idiotic. As long as Ted wasn’t actually threatening Obama then I say he has the right to say it and has the right to sound like an idiot if he wants (though to some I’m sure he sounds perfectly sane, this is just my opinion).
So, let’s cut Ted a little slack here. And, let’s cut Romney a little slack. Candidates have no influence over what celebrities endorse them or what they say. As long as we don’t threaten to kill, deliberately incite violence, and other such things we have the freedom to speak our minds. That sometimes involves the freedom to say things that offend people, or things that make us sound stupid, but that is part of exercising the right to free speech.
I just wanted to say all this. Hopefully this post doesn’t become another reason for extremist Republicans and Democrats to yell at each other. I worried about that and don’t want the annoyance, but I wanted to say this more so I took the chance.