COMMENTARY | The Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent, is ragging on President Barack Obama again. The gun rights activist shot off his mouth at a National Rifle Association dinner. He's more bark than bite, but the Secret Service doesn't see it that way. The Associated Press says it will pay Nugent a call on Thursday to inquire into the potentially threatening nature of some of his comments.
The comments that triggered the investigation were an indictment against the "evil, America-hating" Obama administration. Sure, it's bombastic hyperbole, but so is just about everything Nugent says. But it's not threatening. Nugent urged Republican voters to "ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November." Grandiloquent redneck metaphor, but nothing sinister. It's no different than a coach telling his team to "kill them."
Nugent also made a reference that "if Barack Obama becomes the next president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year." Maybe he knows something we don't. Or maybe he's just being melodramatic. Either way, I highly doubt he plans to harm the president. I can't say I've never said similar things. I've wondered aloud if I'd survive another year of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. I confess to exaggerations that if I spoke my mind about the GOP, I'd get tossed in the cooler.
Nugent could have been more diplomatic. Maybe he should exercise a little more Fifth Amendment and less First Amendment rights. But that's what he doesn't do. Outlandish behavior is his shtick. And most important, Nugent has the right to speak out against the government without being dissected by the Secret Service.
Nugent and I are polar opposites politically. He wants a showdown in November and I say bring it. I disagree with just about everything he says, but I will stand up for his right to be wrong. If we only protect the rights of those we agree with, we all lose.
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