April 20, 2012

Nugent's implied death threat

Ted Nugent Meets With Secret ServiceRocker and celebrity gun rights advocate Ted Nugent met with the Secret Service yesterday to discuss remarks he recently made that were interpreted by some as a threat of violence against President Barack Obama. His comments, made at an National Rifle Association convention, included the statement that “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” Referring to the upcoming election, Nugent said that conservatives need to “ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.”

As you can tell by his appropriation of a stereotypical Plains headdress, Nugent has a checkered relationship with Indians:Nugent is fairly well-known in Indian country for his love of hunting, which he often does with a bow. According to the official biography on his website, Nugent was the keynote speaker at the 1995 Native American Fish & Wildlife Society National Conference, held in Anchorage, Alaska, and has been Inducted into the Native American Strongheart Society by the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes. Nugent is a professed Christian, but says that the admires Native American spirituality, and one of his best known songs, “Great White Buffalo,” is about how the relationship between the American Indian and the buffalo was ruined by “the white man.” The Ted Nugent United Sportsmen of America is a hunting organization with “tribes” around the country, and Nugent has been known to hunt on Tribal lands—here’s an account of a bear hunt with his family on the Quinault Reservation.Comment:  Let's recall that Obama is an honorary member of the Crow tribe. So Nugent wants an associate of Indians dead. If the president were an actual Indian, I bet Nugent's position would be the same. Like David Yeagley, he'd insult and attack an Indian with liberal values.

I suspect Nugent has a typical mascot lover's "appreciation" of Indians. He loves traditional Indians for their semi-mythical warrior prowess, but thinks today's Indians are moochers and bums. Just a guess, but I've never heard him do anything for Indians other than stereotype them.

For more on the subject, see Nugent Dons an "Indian" Headdress and Shoots a "Buffalo."

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