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Jeff Katz on the Ted Nugent comments

 
Jeff Katz on the Ted Nugent comments

 

There are few who have been as vocal as I when it comes to criticizing President Barack Obama. I think his stated goal of fundamentally changing our nation is scary at best. During the past few years we’ve seen one colossal failure after another from Obama and his team. Make no mistake, let me be clear, the oceans will stop rising and it was all Bush’s fault pretty much sum up his time in the Oval Office. Frankly the only thing missing from his most recent State of the Union address was the tag line, “What, me worry?” Over my years in radio, I’ve been happy to host Ted Nugent as a guest on many occasions. I found him to be straight forward, funny and willing to say anything and everything that was on his mind. A visit with The Nuge was always exciting. I admire his firearms knowledge and skill and applaud his strong defense of the Second Amendment. And now I find myself nauseated at his recent description of President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel.” You want to call Obama the worst President in history? You’ll need to get in line behind me. Care to address his arrogance and never ending condescension? I’m right there with you. Want to call attention to his radical philosophy. Have at it. Heck, even the term “communist nurtured” which Nugent said right before “subhuman mongrel” is not necessarily missing the pin by much, but “subhuman mongrel” is totally unacceptable and completely inexcusable. There are lines which we as decent people choose not to cross. In no way does this limit our ability to think or speak freely. Many who are defending Nugent are invoking the First Amendment which would be appropriate only if the Federal government were taking some sort of action to silence him. They’re not. Others are loudly proclaiming that leftists engage in similarly offensive name calling on a regular basis and they’re right, but so what? Even Nugent now concedes that his comments were over the line. I happily, proudly and passionately live and breathe free speech. It quite literally provides the bread and butter in my home. Free speech protections are essential for offensive speech and we can all agree that Ted Nugent has every right to say what he did, but I would share with him the lesson I give to my sons all the time, just because you can say something does not mean that you should.

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