Why Ted Nugent is not a Dixie Chick

Posted on December 30, 2009

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Six years ago, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks said the following to a concert crowd in London: “Just so you know, we’re on the good side with y’all. We do not want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.” That’s a direct, verbatim quote. It’s literally what Natalie Maines said.

Conservatives and neo-conservatives went bat-sh*t crazy calling for Maines to be publicly hanged, raped, murdered, imprisoned, have her daughter taken away from her, her family murdered, and that she should be never allowed to perform or even speak in the United States ever again.

Now, Ted Nugent whips out a machine gun and says, “Obama, he’s a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my gun!” Then sticks the machine gun between his legs so the barrel protrudes like a penis and Nugent says, “Hey, Hillary! You might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch.” And the same neo-cons who wanted Natalie Maines dead can’t wait to line up and lick Nugent’s scrotal sac and tell him what a “patriot” he is.  They’re calling for Nugent to be canonized to sainthood, protected from offended audiences, exempted from treason laws, and elevated to national spokesman for the “He-Man Rednecks Club” and the Republican Party.

Natalie Maines spoke a negative opinion about the sitting president and neo-cons vilified her because “respect for the president is mandatory, especially in a time of war.”

Ted Nugent spoke a negative opinion about the sitting president and neo-cons are lining up to kiss his ass because “this president don’t deserve no respect.” (Reminder: we’re still at war).

Where does this double-standard come from? How does the respect warranted for the OFFICE of the president differ based upon who occupies it? The simple answer: It doesn’t. But that doesn’t matter to fear-mongering, hate-mongering, blindly ignorant partisan knuckle-draggers who are too busy fist-pumping whenever Sean Hannity lies through his teeth about teabagger attendance, or whenever Bill O’Reilly tells an opposing viewpoint to shut up, or whenever Ann Coulter calls a Democrat a “fag.”

My personal and professional take is that Natalie Maines expressed an opinion that said nothing directly disparaging against George W. Bush. Ted Nugent (who didn’t bathe for a month and showed up at his Vietnam draft appointment with literally a pant-load of his own feces so they’d exempt him)  conveyed a direct physical threat against Barack Obama. But to make that distinction, one must actually read the words they literally SAID, instead of the “interpretation” passed on by a bunch of babbling media whores who get paid to piss off and piss on “the enemy.” And neo-cons don’t have time to read. They’re too busy being told what to think and what to say.

Both Natalie Maines and Ted Nugent exercised the First Amendment rights guaranteed to them by the U.S. Constitution. Neither of them yelled “Fire” in a crowded movie theater, but the neo-cons only want to burn the Dixie Chicks.

It’s hypocrisy, pure and simple.

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