I’ve taken great pleasure criticizing the blathering of the Motor City Madman, one-time rocker Ted Nugent.
Nugent is a profane loudmouth. Many of his utterances border on sedition.
He’s also an American citizen who has the same rights the rest of us enjoy under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment. He has the right to make an ass of himself. He does it regularly and he does it well.
The French writer, historian and philosopher Voltaire said it better than most when he wrote: “I do not agree with what you say but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
Nugent said recently that the rash of veterans’ suicide is a result of President Obama’s policies. Yep, he blamed the president of the United States for those tragic deaths. He said “the commander in chief is the enemy.”
He’s referred to the president as a “subhuman mongrel” and added an assortment of disgraceful, disgusting statements to make whatever point he seeks to make.
I disagree with every single political statement that flies out of this guy’s mouth.
However, he’s entitled to say these things. He’s as American as anyone else, which just goes to show how diverse our national family has become.
Voltaire’s understanding of the right of free speech is unparalleled.
Even nut jobs like Ted Nugent are entitled to be heard.
Which brings up another famous quote from another notable statesman.
This, from President Abraham Lincoln: “Better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”