By Carolyn Shore Aresu as libby shaw.
Greg Abbott descended into a hole in hate hell when he invited Ted Nugent to serve as one of his surrogates. But at least we now know a side of Greg Abbott we may not have noticed until today.
We know whose company he keeps and who can speak on his behalf.
Apparently, in order to woo his far right wing base (as if they really needed to be wooed), Greg Abbott unleashed a racist psychopath to unpack a lot of hate while campaigning in North Texas today.
You know. The perfect way to bring out the best in people. Sarah Palin did the same in 2008 when running as Republican candidate for Vice President. At her rallies she would work supporters into a frenzy until one or a few of them would finally scream "kill him."
Maybe this is how a Party that is bereft of ideas and goals for the future of the state, and for the country for that matter, has to excite its voters. Fling 'em slabs of red meat dipped in hate and fear.
In the last century there was a group that referred to another group as subhuman. This would be in 1930 Germany when the Nazis labeled Jewish people as subhuman.
Nice company you keep, Mr. Abbott.
A few weeks ago, Nugent launched his latest verbal volley at President Obama, calling him a “subhuman mongrel,” among other things. On Tuesday afternoon’s Wolf, the eponymous host discussed Abbott’s decision to campaign with Nugent, and went into great detail about the historical origins of the rocker’s comments about the President. Blitzer asked Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News if the Abbott campaign was aware of “the history of that phrase, subhuman mongrel?”Since Mr. Nugent is one of your surrogates, Mr. Abbott, we can assume you approve of these choice tidbits too.
“That’s what the Nazis called Jews to justify the genocide of the Jewish community,” he continued. “They called them ‘untermenschen,’ subhuman mongrels, if you read some of the literature that the Nazis put out there, there is a long history of that specific phrase he used involving the President of the United States.”
NUGENT: I was in Chicago last week. I was in Chicago and said, "Hey, Obama you might want to suck on one of these you punk." Obama, he's a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun. Let's hear it for him. And then I was in New York. I said, "Hey, Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch. Since I'm in California, how about [Senator] Barbara Boxer [D-CA], she might want to suck on my machine gun. And [Senator] Dianne Feinstein [D-CA], ride one of these you worthless whore. Any questions? [Ted Nugent, 8/21/07, accessed 2/14/14, via LiveLeak.com]Really, Greg Abbott? You have a fine way of choosing your surrogates.
The next quote is far too nasty for the front page.
Cross posted on Texas Kaos.
About Hillary Clinton: "You probably can't use the term `toxic cunt' in your magazine, but that's what she is. Her very existence insults the spirit of individualism in this country. This bitch is nothing but a two-bit whore for Fidel Castro." [Westword, 7/27/94]Wow. What an effective way to win over women voters. Thoughts, Mr. Abbott?
Nugent To Female CBS Producer: "I'll Fuck You, How's That Sound?" During a May 2012 outburst on CBS This Morning, Nugent made a lewd comment to an off-camera female producer while arguing his claim that he is "an extremely loving, passionate man" and "a damned nice guy." [CBS, CBS This Morning, 5/4/12, via Media Matters]Do you consider Mr. Nugent a loving and nice guy, Mr. Abbott?
Nugent Album Cover Featured Nude, Bound Woman On A Platter With A Grenade In Her Mouth. The cover for Nugent's 2007 album "Love Grenade" -- which was subsequently replaced because of its offensiveness -- made the Houston Press' top ten list of "tasteless album covers":Nice, huh?
Nugent: "What's A Feminist? Some Fat Pig Who Doesn't Get It Often Enough?" VH1's Behind the Music Remastered: Ted Nugent includes a video clip of Nugent saying that he thinks a feminist is "some fat pig who doesn't get it often enough." [VH1, Behind the Music Remastered: Ted Nugent, 1/30/12]Do you share the same opinion of feminists, Mr. Abbott?
Nugent: Sarah Brady, Janet Reno Are "Dirty Whore[s]." In an undated performance of "Kiss My Glock," Nugent sings that both Sarah Brady, a leading gun violence prevention advocate, and former Attorney General Janet Reno are "dirty whore[s]." During the performance, Nugent's band also shot an arrow at a Nazi-flag-holding effigy of Reno, causing the effigy's pants to fall and reveal a giant phallus.Lovely.
But what about the worst of the worse of Ted Nugent?
TED NUGENT (4/26/98) For some reason, I have a vivid recollection of hearing “Where Have You Been All My Life” (from Ted Nugent’s eponymous LP) on the juke box at a pizza place sometime in the mid 70s when I was I was in my mid teens. I don’t know why it made such an impression. I guess it just condensed everything juvenile about being, uh, juvenile. Unfortunately, Ted never progresses beyond his teenaged mentality as evidenced by this episode of Behind The Music. Ted spends the bulk of this program proving what a hypocrite he is. He lambastes drug users and alcohol drinkers, but repeatedly admits (without a trace of humility, however) to being a serial pedophile. Two relationships (one with his wife and one with “muse” Pele Massa, who was 17 when they started dating) were ended due to Ted’s infidelity while on the road, often with underage women. But Ted justifies his behavior with one of his trademark funny expressions: “alternative flesh management.” And look, I’m not anti hunting, I mean I don’t exactly dig the meat industry, but Ted has this attitude that you’re somehow stupid if you don’t hunt. I just think it’s unrealistic to believe that suddenly a nation of 290 million or so people are going to head to the woods every night before dinner. What is really surprising is his disdain for both fans and fellow band members. Both of which were necessary for his, um, success. Ted accuses fans of being unable to handle the energy of his shows when they behave violently, although tons of other bands have high energy shows without incident. And his determination to subdue singer Derek St. Holmes, resulting in his quitting the band seems incredibly pointless and stupid. You just have to laugh (well, I did) when they get to the part where Ted finds out that his management has blown all his money on chinchillas and horses. My favorite piece of Nuge-stalgia, however, is the video for his 1982 song “Bound And Gagged”. Ostensibly this song is in protest of the 1979 Iranian “hostage crisis”, but in reality it’s just an excuse for Ted to whine about flag burning while he and his band prance about in pastel spandex. Of course Ted never mentions the CIA’s coup of democratically elected Mohammad Mossadeq, and the atrocities of the US backed Shah that led to the revolution in ‘79. Oh well. And then, there’s Damn Yankees. Ouch! Ultimately Ted comes off like you or me when we were maybe 19 and we thought we had the answers to everything (apologies to all you 19 year old know it alls), and it was impossible to consider another view point. But Ted is still like that, and he’s in his fifties. I guess he plays guitar pretty well, though. (CB)Shame on you Greg Abbott. You have absolutely no respect for the majority of Texas voters.
Don't try to hide behind a curtain of entertainment, jokes or Second Amendment rights. Hatred is not entertainment. You dragged Ted Nugent out of his hole in hell for a reason.
What is your agenda for Texas if you are elected Governor, Mr. Abbott? Guns, God and Freedom? What do these abstractions mean in everyday reality?
Small government, low taxes? We already have small government and low taxes.
What are you plans for education? The same as Rick Perry, i.e. budget cuts for public schools and more charter schools?
What are your views on oversight of the state's programs and agencies? Will they go the way of CPRIT, i.e. no oversight?
What about immigration, other than your plans for more drones, border walls and militarization? What about the quality of life for the people in South Texas considering you want to turn the region into a war zone? You haven't mentioned this aspect so far.
I'll tell you what your agenda means to me, Mr. Abbott. You trotted out a psychopath because you have nothing else to offer to your base. Your buttoned up campaign tells me that an Abbott administration will be a continuation of the Perry administration. Pay to play, crony capitalism and it's my way or the highway politics. No oversight of anything. Businesses can run roughshod over consumers. Fracking and pollution will continue unchecked. You and Ted Cruz will scream amnesty every time anyone proposes immigration reform.
I guess this is why you are running a hate campaign against President Obama and powerful, successful women who are a threat to you, Mr. Abbott. You have absolutely nothing new or consequential to offer Texas voters. I guess this is why you have to hide behind the likes of Ted Nugent, also known as yet one more Vietnam War draft evader just like W. and Dick Cheney. Guns, God, War and Cowardice.