Skip to main content

Musician Ted Nugent listens to U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 12, 2013.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Here's a question: Is there anything ultra-conservative nutcase Ted Nugent can say that would make him unwelcome in Republican circles? Fresh off the non-apology for calling President Obama a "subhuman mongrel," he's already back to call him a "jackbooted thug" who is plotting to turn America into Nazi Germany.
Well I got to tell you, Dennis, I just don't agree at all. There was an incrementalism to what happened in Germany and other places historically, where they came in slowly. And they started, you know, the power struggle between the different races, and the power struggle between different elements of society. And they incrementally worked their way in. And I think that's what Obamacare is, that's what I think most of what he represents. The IRS -- I really believe that what we see with the IRS can be compared accurately and historically to the early maneuvers of people like jack booted thugs, like the brownshirts. I really believe that and I think that you are being too soft on them, because -- [...]

I think he really wants to destroy America. I think he wants to follow the Saul Alinksy Rules for Radicals book, destroy our economy, have a -- I can't even think of the term right now -- but the war between the haves and the have nots, when the haves have because they try really hard and the have nots don't have because they don't try as hard.

That's a whole lotta crazy bundled up in there.

Nonetheless, Nugent is still a welcome campaign fixture in Republican races, showing yet-a-freakin'-gain the party's role in mainstreaming hate speech, conspiracy theories and general buffoonery. You can't blame them, either: If you stripped all the conspiracy theories and predictions of imminent, liberal-led doom from Fox News, the tea party movement, and the gamut of conservative "thought leaders" from Sarah Palin to Ted Cruz to Darrell Issa, what would be left?

Originally posted to Hunter on Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 01:34 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site