What you say at NRA rallies takes you places you don’t want to be
By RANDA WAGNER, Editor
Some days you’re better off just staying in bed. Even if you’re famous.
Poor ol’ Ted Nugent. The “Motor City Madman” is learning the hard way you can’t always say what’s on your mind and get away with it, even in the United States. The powers that be have their limits, and he tested them out.
When I read the news article that quoted him as saying, “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” at this Spring’s National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis, I thought, “Uh oh, if I didn’t know better, that sounded like a threat.” I watched the segment of the radio interview the quote came from and yes, he really did say that, including calling some of the U.S.’s higher profile politicians some highly unsavory names, as well as dubbing President Obama’s administration “vile, evil and America-hating.”
Even though I was confident the ‘70’s rock-and-roller turned-survivalist’ wouldn’t really act on his words, I had a feeling he was going to get a visit from the CIA, FBI or one of the security agencies. Sure enough, the Secret Service gave him a call and said, “Let’s talk.” Hmmmm…. bet they weren’t going to be serving tea and cookies with this visit.
The comments were made on a Monday. When I read Mr. Nugent’s comments AFTER the Secret Service ‘chat’ on Thursday, I didn’t recognize him anymore.
In a statement, Nugent said he “met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents” in Oklahoma, in a, “Good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone. The meeting could not have gone better.”
Nugent said he was just speaking figuratively when he made what some ‘perceived’ to be threats against Obama and that he didn’t threaten anyone’s life or advocate violence.
“The meeting could not have gone better,” he said. “I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. God bless the good federal agents, wherever they may be.”
“Huh? Where’s Ted? What did you do with him?” I thought to myself. The man that emerged from that meeting had clearly been ‘convinced’ by the ‘nice men’ he met with that there were forces out there even bigger and badder than he was and, no matter how many guns you own or big game you’ve bagged, you don’t make even veiled threats against the Commander in Chief and get away with it.
“The issue has been resolved,” agency spokesman Brian Leary said in a statement. “The Secret Service does not anticipate any further action.”
Oops.… except for an out-of-the-blue misdemeanor hunting violation that suddenly surfaced after his ‘bonding session’ with federal agents.
Seems Ted took one more black bear than allowed on a hunting expedition in Alaska. Though he killed and transported one bear, he had wounded another earlier in the hunt, something he didn’t apparently know was illegal until he got in trouble.
The result? According to online media sources, Nugent is banned from hunting in Alaska for one year, will spend two years on probation, and must pay a $10,000 fine. He has also pledged to produce a public service message that will air on his show every second week for a year and will pay $600 to the state of Alaska.
They sure ‘made an example’ of Mr. Nugent now, didn’t they?
The United States used to be ‘the land of the free and home of the brave.” While we still have more freedom and rights than most of the world, our rights are being slowly ‘whittled away at’ every day by the politicians we put into office. It seems to be happening at an accelerated pace lately, what with that nasty NDAA act looming over us now and a new version of SOPA trying be slipped under Congress’ door. Now, I’m not saying it was okay for the “Wild Man of Rock n Roll” to say what he did at the rally, but I can see this incident serving as a propellant to put even stronger censorship laws into place. All for the good of the country, of course.
What do you want to bet we don’t hear anything from Ted for quite some time about ANYTHING? The man so many people thought was so crazy for so long might be just sane enough to lay low enough to save his land, home and family. After mulling over his comments that followed his visit with those ‘nice men,’ chances are good that keeping those things nearest and dearest to him were part of the bargain. We’ll never know now, will we?