VINSON: Is Ted Nugent A Madman Or Patriot?

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“Come along if you care

Come along if you dare

Take a ride to the land inside of your mind

Beyond the seas of thought

Beyond the realm of what

Across the streets of hopes and dreams

Where things are really not”

– “Journey to the Center of the Mind,” lyrics by Ted Nugent and Steve Farmer, performed by The Amboy Dukes rock group

I’ve been listening to, and enjoying, Ted Nugent’s music since the late ‘60s, when he and his Detroit-based band The Amboy Dukes came out with their progressive rock hit “Journey to the Center of the Mind.”

With The Amboy Dukes’ success serving as a launch pad of sorts, Nugent embarked on a solo career that not only proved to be mega-successful (“Great White Buffalo,” “Free-For-All, “Cat Scratch Fever,” and many other hits), but continues to thrive to this very day.

Ever the entrepreneur, Nugent, also, has starred in his own outdoor-themed television series, has instructional bow-hunting videos/DVDS available, has authored several books, has made appearances in a few movies, etc. Too, he is known as a strong advocate of the Second Amendment Right to “bear arms” and, further, as a super-staunch supporter of the National Rifle Association. Nugent sits on the NRA’s Board of Directors.

However, it might prove wise for us to heed the caution signs, tap the brakes, and slow down a bit– at this juncture, anyway.

On April 14, at an NRA convention in St. Louis, Mo. – with a large crowd in attendance – Nugent, a die-hard Republican, made a speech for the ages.

And to say Nugent made this speech to a “large crowd” at an NRA convention in St. Louis, actually, is misleading because the same speech has gone viral … and I’m talking the world over!

In this famous (or infamous) speech, Nugent spoke out against the likes of President Barack Obama, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“Our government is wiping its ass with the Constitution,” Nugent said. “We’ve got four Supreme Court justices who don’t believe in the Constitution. Does everybody here know that four of the Supreme Court justices not only determined you don’t have the right to keep and bear arms, four Supreme Court justices signed their name to a declaration that Americans have no fundamental right to self-defense? That sounds like a stoned hippie. …

“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either  dead or in jail by this time next year.”

Nugent also said if Obama is re-elected, America would become a “suburb of Indonesia.”

Nugent urged those in attendance at his NRA speech to, each, get a “couple hundred … couple thousand” people to vote for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney in November. (NOTE: The Romney camp did attempt to distance itself from Nugent’s NRA speech.)

Expectedly, liberal media pundits swarmed Nugent’s NRA speech like bees on a man lathered in honey, sinking their stingers deeply as possible.

NBC anchorwoman Andrea Mitchell accused Nugent of using “threatening and obscene comments.” Many others have made similar comments, and, I wager, they will continue to do so.

Still, regarding his NRA speech, Ted Nugent was interviewed by the Secret Service.

Nugent said, however, the matter has been “resolved.”

Thankfully, I’m neither Democrat nor Republican. Rather, I campaign and vote for the individual in whom I have trust.

Is Ted Nugent a raving “madman,” or is he a “red-blooded patriot” with the courage to speak his mind, thus casting himself in harm’s way for the collective good of America?

What we have here, I believe, is an issue involving Freedom of Speech versus stepping outside the parameter of the same.

It’s your call; you still have the Freedom to say “yeah” or “nay” to Ted Nugent’s NRA speech.

Cast your vote with Mike Vinson at
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April 29, 2012 at 9:05am
Ted Nugent is a madman. One I happen to agree with in this case. All politics are crooks. They all have their own agenda and could care less about the citizens, our Constitution, or our freedom. It is irrelevant who is in office and we are finding that out more everyday. So, everybody sit back, relax, and watch our country fall apart. Globalism at it's finest.
April 29, 2012 at 9:44am
In what way do you suggest Nugent "stepped outside the parameter of the same." (Free Speech). Why is he now suspect for saying aloud what many Americans already think? And why is it that everything now has to be taken up by a "vote" in this country? Opinions cast as "votes" do not determine "truth" or "fact." Rather, they remain but opinions.
April 30, 2012 at 12:41pm
Ted spoke his mind and I agree with Bonnie. Could he have worded it better? Yes. However, what he is saying is true. Those who gain power are afraid to lose it, so when Nugent starts questioning their power they are going to their best to portray him as a lunatic. In which they effectively try to censor him by social ostricising. This country was born on the right of free speech and right to bear arms. Ironic that they are the first 2 amendments. Taking the gun issue out of this and concentrating on free speech, what do you have when you take away free speech? Communism? Dictatorship? This liberal government has gotten too big and power hungry, and in it's drive for more power it is ignoring and taking away the free will of the people for whom they were elected to SERVE. However, I digress.
May 03, 2012 at 1:28am
Nugent has every right to say what he feels about a person who is asking to lead the country. Just as these fellows who were leaders in their time.

“…patriotism does not require one to agree with everything that his country does and would actually promote analytical questioning in a quest to make the country the best it possibly can be.” Socrates

The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
Theodore Roosevelt

Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.’ ~ Justice William O. Douglas

May 04, 2012 at 12:44pm
Unfortunately Bob, our country is infested with people who follow all the theories you listed by Theodore Roosevelt. I agree with everything you said. If you limit free thought and free speech, what is next? Especially when we can't speak out against an issue.
May 04, 2012 at 1:41pm
Go on and read what he did to evade the draft during the Vietnam War. I have nothing against The Motor City Madman but I think it is interesting.
May 04, 2012 at 9:51pm
Just wondering how Ted Nugent is any different from those liberal maniacs Bill Maher ranting his non-sense every single night on HBO? Or Keith Olberman on whatever show he is on this week?

I don't agree with them, but I do agree with their right to speak their mind and have their opinion.

Of course this is the same liberals blowing about Ted Nugent who claim there is a "War Against Women" by the Republicans while promoting the idea that it is CHOICE to kill 3700 babies a day of which at least 50% or more are girls.

Talk about being ironically stupid! That takes the cake as far as I am concerned.
May 04, 2012 at 9:58pm
Also, I went on and it said that it was UN-CONFIRMED that Ted Nugent did anything to evade the draft. He actually had an educational deferment and failed a physical.

But, I will ask all of you to debate this topic.

Does free speech give someone the right to invade another person’s privacy?

For example: How do we promote the idea of free speech and not want to curb the idiots who protest against the war and hold up signs speaking ill of a fallen soldier during a funeral?
May 06, 2012 at 7:52pm
Sadly, free speech and good, common decency are different things.
May 08, 2012 at 4:56pm
I agree with you corey and bonnie too. We have the freedom of speech but sometimes lack the discretion to use it wisely. It's like walking a very fine line.
May 09, 2012 at 6:19pm
Of course Ted has the right to speak his mind. He even gets a lot of things right. My question is why anyone wants to stick a microphone in his face. Is this the best we can do for political 'entertainment?' The snopes article comes an interview Nugent did in 1977 and it's either true or Ted is a liar. Either way is not a good reflection. Ignore him.

Corey, the only group I know of that does the soldier's funeral thing is the Westboro scammers who do it for money. Please don't tell me you equate all those who are sincerely anti-war for many valid reasons with that bunch?

Maher, Olbermann, Nugent, etc, most everyone in the mainstream media are just paid players in the false left/right paradigm designed to keep us divided and arguing among ourselves while our pockets are being picked.

May 10, 2012 at 6:33am
Deborah I do not associate all of those who have anti-war views with those who protest at funerals.

I am simply asking the question where is the line drawn between free speech and the right to protest a funeral and invade the privacy of a family going through a horrible time in their life.

The Constitution gives those people that right to protest, but that doesn't make it morally right. The family should also have a right to conduct that funeral in peace and without harassment. So where do we draw the line?

You and I can agree that the liberal and conservative media (on both sides) abuse the power they have to sway public opinion for their own gain and to increase their ratings. It is why I refuse to listen to any of them.

Just to clarify, I think Rush is just as bad as Keith.
May 14, 2012 at 10:05am
Deborah, Great observation! It does greatly appear much effort is being spent to divide our country. And while our attention is turned away from real issues, those that would prosper from such a distraction are indeed, picking our pockets clean. There must be a time where the American voters take back their country from such "politicians" and "scoundrels." Let's hope it does not take another revolution to do so.
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