One of the finest political minds of our time has spoken. It’s not Sarah Palin, who is presumably crying her eyes out over her daughter’s second thwarted engagement. It’s not Rush Limbaugh, such a fierce proponent of traditional marriage that he’s now on his fourth one. It’s not Bill O’Reilly, who may be trying to finagle his way out of another sexual harassment suit (an entirely unsubstantiated guess on my part).
Nope, it’s none other than has-been rocker turned right-wing extremist Ted Nugent, who to date has penned two books: Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto, and God, Guns and Rock ‘n’ Roll. The Nuge recently penned a piece simply called “Nugent: It is Us” in The Washington Times. As far as I know, this man as no background in political science or politics. Beef jerky, sure. But that’s different. I think.
To drive the point home, the WashTimes graphic artist mashed President Obama’s face together with Chairman Mao Zedong in perhaps the cleverest pairing since that lovely Tea Party sign featuring the unholy trinity of Hitler, Obama and Lenin. Or at least was the most creative pairing since that subtle picture of Obama with the Hitler stache proudly displayed at a town hall meeting last spring. I am tempted to paraphrase Barney Frank here, and simply say, “Madam, arguing with you is like arguing with my kitchen table. I have no interest in doing it.”
But no matter how much you try to rise above the crass rhetoric of the far right, it simply does not disappear. As Nugent writes, “Barack Hussein Obama did not sneak into power. An army of clueless, disconnected, ignorant Americans invited him to bring his Marxist, glaringly anti-American jihad into our lives.”
What a wily trick! Using the President’s African-Muslim name and the word jihad to invoke horrors of suicide bombers and 9/11! It doesn’t matter that he was raised in a secular home and became Christian as an adult; he’s obviously a Muslim… and he’s not just a Muslim but a Marxist Muslim. Diametrically opposed philosophies, yes, but that only makes him all the more dangerous…
Does anyone else remember when Bush II was president, and Republicans went around insisting that even if you don’t respect the president, you have to respect the office? I do. This at a time when we were fighting two wars, Bush had re-enacted the Global Gag Rule, instituted the Patriot Act, set up Guantanamo Bay and appointed two Supreme Court Justices to roll back women’s rights and civil liberties.
I do not believe things are perfect under Obama. But he also inherited two unwinnable wars and a broken economy. I wish people who expended so much energy critiquing him would look up the definitions of communism, socialism and fascism. Short of that, I wish they would spell those words correctly on their damn tea party signs.