Culture Wars: Of Perry, Palin, Huckabee, Beyoncé and the Ted Nugent primary

The head of the first wild hog shot legally from a helicopter under a law sponsored by Sid Miller is on the wall of Miller’s new office of agricultural commissioner.

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The head of the first wild hog shot legally from a helicopter under a law sponsored by Sid Miller is on the wall of Miller's new  office of agricultural commissioner.

The head of the first wild hog shot legally from a helicopter under a law sponsored by Sid Miller is on the wall of Miller’s new office of agricultural commissioner.

This is the head of the first wild hog shot from a helicopter under a 2011 law authored by Sid Miller when he was a state representative. Miller is our new agriculture commissioner and so the hog’s head has a pride of place in his office at the Stephen F. Austin State Office Building a couple of blocks from the Capitol.

The hog’s head is also a reminder of the close bond between Miller and Ted Nugent, his campaign’s co-chairman and treasurer. Nugent got close to Miller when Miller sponsored the “pork chopper” legislation that permitted helicopter hunting of feral hogs. Nugent loved the bill, offered Miller plenty of advice on how to refine it, and became among the most conspicuous helicopter hog hunters in Texas when it became law. When Miller, who  lost his bid for a seventh term in the Texas House in 2012, ran last year for agriculture commissioner, Nugent was there for him, serving as campaign co-chair and treasurer, and nothing Nugent could say or do could shake Miller’s friendship or confidence in him.

That included Nugent’s description a year ago of President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel” in an interview with Guns.com at the 2014  Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. Said Nugent:

I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist raised communist educated communist nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.

Those words gained special currency when, not long after, then Attorney General Greg Abbott, running for governor, campaigned with Nugent ahead of the Republican primary.

Amid a firestorm of criticism, Nugent sort of apologized for his choice of words.

“I apologize for using the street fighter terminology of ‘subhuman mongrel’ instead of just using more understandable language such as ‘violator of his oath to the Constitution,’ the liar that he is,” said Nugent.

And, Nugent said to CNN political commentator Ben Ferguson: “I do apologize — not necessarily to the president — but on behalf of much better men than myself. I will try to elevate my vernacular to the level of those great men that I’m learning from in the world of politics.”

“He’s used words that I wouldn’t use,” Miller said at the time. “He has a very colorful vocabulary. He recanted some remarks that he made about the president, so I think that everything’s good.”

“I believe Ted Nugent recognized his language was wrong and he rightly apologized,” Abbott said in a statement.

But, a year later, with overwhelming victories by Abbott, Miller and Republicans nationally behind him,  Nugent has now recanted his recantation and apologized for his apology.

It now seems that on the basis of sober reflection, Nugent, in an anniversary interview with Guns.com at this year’s SHOT Show, has concluded that his description of President Obama as a “subhuman mongrel,” was too kind.

“It was precious,” he said of his turn of phrase, explaining:

“I’m a shit kicker, I’m a street fighter, I’m from Detroit, so I’m engaged in the culture wars and I’ve been in close-quarter combat in the culture wars since the 1960s where the hippies in the music industry would attack me –  just hateful, vicious condemnation for believing in self-defense and carrying a gun and eating venison.  Of course, if you take enough LSD you might come to that conclusion also. I know that it’s that kind of hate against independence, it’s that kind of hate against self-defense, that’s the most evil force in the world because it has affected policy to such a degree that innocent lives are lost every minute of every day because some lying bureaucrats, and there are other terms when issued against self-defense, that is the most evil force in the world.

I think if a person creates an environment where sheeple can be led to gas chambers, I don’t think the term subhuman mongrel is too outrageous. I don’t know if there is any English term, or any term available to mankind, to adequately describe the depth of evil to a human who would deny good from winning over evil, and with the insanity of our government, the insanity and the abuse of power, the runaway corruption, deceit and dishonesty coming out of Barack Obama and Eric Holder and Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and the left, they really believe that they can take our tax dollars and hire machine gun-toting security guards while dictating unarmed helplessness to their employers. Can you think of a word that could be offensive enough to describe someone who takes your money to hire security people while passing laws denying you the right to be secure? So subhuman mongrel was probably much too delicate.

You don’t have to use, you know, nasty terms like subhuman mongrel because I suppose you could have just called them liars and haters, but I was dealing with victims, I had been bombarded with evidence and testimonials from victims of jack-booted thuggery, homes that were broken into because some jack boot got the wrong address, people being shot, innocent people being shot by out of control government agents, ranches and farms being shut down because of trumped-up allegations. And we will never let America become Germany. We will never become sheep like the emperor did to the Japanese citizens. We  just won’t let that happen. So sometimes really harsh, outrageous terms – sticks and stones  break my bones, but names will never hurt me –  so really there was such an uproar over my choice of name calling but not uproar over a bunch of punks who would dictate policy forcing citizens to be unarmed and helpless. You choose which side you’re on because conscientious, smart people who believe in freedom are on my side and I couldn’t be more proud.

While at the SHOT show in Las Vegas, Nugent also received another Golden Moose Award from the Outdoor Channel as Fan Favorite Best Host for his show Spirit of the Wild.

The award was presented by Sarah Palin, who on Thursday is having Nugent on her show, Amazing America with Sarah Palin,  on the Outdoor Channel’s sister station, the Sportsman Channel.

Meanwhile, at the Republican Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa this weekend, Palin said she is seriously considering jumping into the 2016 presidential race.

A few days earlier, last Monday on the Daily Show, Nugent was, in absentia, in the middle of another culture-war debate between host Jon Stewart and Mike Huckabee – who just quit hosting his show on Fox so he can explore a run for president. Huckabee was on to talk about his new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy. (Not to be confused with Nugent’s 2000 book, God, Guns, and Rock ‘n’ Roll.)

By way of background, this from an interview with Huckabee in PEOPLE:

First, it was Beyoncé and Jay Z up for scolding by conservative Republican Mike Huckabee. Now it’s Barack and Michelle Obama‘s turn.

In an interview about his new book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, Huckabee tells PEOPLE he doesn’t get how the Obamas can encourage their daughters’ love for Beyoncé. Especially, the former Arkansas governor and Baptist minister says, if the president and first lady ever actually listened to the lyrics to – or seen a performance of Beyonc´’s steamy “Drunk in Love.”

The Obamas “are excellent and exemplary parents in many ways,” Huckabee says.

“That’s the whole point. I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything – how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school and making sure they’re kind of sheltered and shielded from so many things – and yet they don’t see anything that might not be suitable for either a preteen or a teen in some of the lyrical content and choreography of Beyoncé, who has sort of a regular key to the door” of the White House.

In his book, Huckabee depicts an America divided between “Bubble-ville” – Washington, New York and Hollywood – where the elites live, and Bubbaville, where the salt of the earth reside.

Stewart says that Huckabee believes Bubbaville is “better.”

Huckabee says, no, he is just saying they are “different,” and not that one is “better” than the other, but Stewart is not buying.

“No, better,” he says of Huckabee’s love for Bubbaville.

Stewart says that Huckabee is using Jay Z and Beyoncé  as exemplars of “a sort of permissiveness that you think is not great for our children.”

Huckabee says they really only occupy one page in the book, “but it’s illustrative of a chapter I call, The Culture of Crude.”

Huckabee says that Beyoncé is so talented that “she does not have to be vulgar in order to set a trend.” He said she inspires girls to want a “stripper pole” for their 12th birthday.

After taking offense at a “truly outrageous” characterization of Beyoncé, Stewart says, “here’s the blind spot in Bubbaville and all this stuff about, `the culture,’ and`it’s so insidious, you don’t have to do that.'”

Stewart then plays a clip from Huckabee’s show on Fox in which Nugent is singing Cat Scratch Fever, with Huckabee playing bass guitar behind him. Nugent is singing the lyric, “Well, I make the pussy purr with the stroke of my hand.”

Huckabee laughs, and says that is an adult song for an adult audience.

But Steward presses on: “Do you see my point? You excuse that type of crude because you agree with his stance on firearms. You don’t approve of Beyoncé because she seems alien to you. Johnny Cash shot a man just to watch him die. That’s some gangsta … ”

“My point is you can’t single out a corrosive culture and ignore the one you live in because you’re used to it,” Stewart says.

“I want you to read the book,” says Huckabee.

“Oh I have,” says Stewart. “It ain’t Shakespeare.”

“I didn’t write this for the Harvard faculty; it might be over their heads,” says Huckabee.

Here is their exchange.

Well, the bad news for Palin and Huckabee is, try as they might to ingratiate themselves with Uncle Ted, Rick Perry has already won the Ted Nugent primary.

Perry long ago won Nugent’s heart.

It was Nugent who gave an ear-blistering performance at Perry’s 2007 inaugural ball dressed in a Confederate flag t-shirt, embellishing his performance, according to some reports,with harsh words on immigration.

It, per usual, created a bit of an uproar. But, in an April 2007 interview with Evan Smith, then at Texas Monthly, Nugent denied saying anything hateful.

TN: What happened is, I’m a stream-of-consciousness guy. I’m so organic that I should be found on the shelf of a Whole Foods somewhere. I don’t consider what the recipient of my communication may or may not take from it. I just speak, and I’m sincere—I’m too sincere for politically correct, scared-of-their-own-shadow punks. I have become too effective at explaining the truth about the Second Amendment, the truth about the natural, pure instinct of self-defense, about the reason our Founding Fathers put that in there, in a cultural war where everybody on the other side of the fence—that would be the media 98 percent of the time—hates guns. They hate me because I do thousands of interviews every year, and I do them with a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, historically irrefutable tsunami of statistics and current evidence, and it drives them batty. Instead of someone condemning me because of what I do, they should look at me for what I am. And this brings me to the question you posed. If I was any more PG-13 that night, onstage at the inaugural ball for my good friend and valued employee Governor Rick Perry, Barney would have dry-humped me. I adjusted my halo. I never mentioned [requiring people to speak] English. I never mentioned immigration, illegal or otherwise. I never mentioned these things.

ES: Not a peep.

TN: Not a peep. But I’m not angry. This is better than Richard Pryor on fire. I have to wear a girdle to keep from busting a gut laughing at these idiots. A few years back a newspaper put quotation marks around the following sentence and attributed it to me railing at the audience at the Houston Parklands, or Timberlands, or Gomerlands, or whatever it is: “All you dirty, stinkin’ Mexicans should go back to where you came from.”

ES: That’s not what you said?

TN: Never, never. If I were to express that sentiment, I could make it much more colorful. What I said was, “If you can’t speak English, get the f— out of America.” I didn’t say that because we were in Texas. I say that in Des Moines.

And, on Perry:

ES: Is Rick Perry more in the mold of the kind of person you’re comfortable supporting?

TN: Very much so. I don’t agree with everything he’s done. I think the Texas education system is out of control. I thought he was too late in securing our borders. But in the world of politicians in 2007, Rick Perry stands in the top one percent of those who accurately represent “we the people.” He’s an inclusive, understanding, thoughtful, intelligent, and decisive person, and if more and more states had Rick Perry at the helm, the pimps and the whores and the welfare brats would be stopping at the next Help Wanted sign real soon.

ES: Have you talked since the inauguration?

TN: Many, many times.

ES: What does he say about all this?

TN: It’s hard to get words back and forth to each other amongst the uproarious laughter over the telephone. He thought the whole brouhaha was just adorable and that I am just precious. I don’t think he used the word “adorable” or “precious.” I think there was more-intense street vernacular from the good governor, none of which could be reprinted. Maybe in Texas Monthly.

Based on an interview Friday with Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, barring a Sid Miller run for president, Rick Perry remains Nugent’s main man.

When asked about a possible presidential pick for the 2016 election, the rocker was quite clear. He would love to see former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the White House.

Nugent shared his reasoning behind the Perry pick, stating, “Given that the conditions in our White House are embarrassing and as corrupt as they are, there are thousands of great Americans that would be better than Barack Obama.”

He continued, “But, we don’t want just better than Barack Obama. We want real statesmen, real Constitutionalists. And I know why my quality of life in Texas is so supreme: Because of Rick Perry and our other elected employees. … And we the people of Texas remaining engaged and demanding accountability.”

Nugent summed up his thinking by saying, “So if my current dream could come true, I would love to see the American helm handled by the great Rick Perry.”

 In his first Iowa foray since surrendering the governorship, Perry was among the bevy of Republican candidates who appeared at  the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, winning good notices.

Here’s a small sample of coverage, provided by Perry’s staff:

The Hill: “A Fiery Speech…” “Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) painted himself as a border warrior in a fiery speech on Saturday, looking to convince immigration hawks to come to his corner.” (Cameron Joseph, “Perry Paints Himself As Border Warrior,” The Hill, 1/24/15)

Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas: “Rick Perry Is On Fire–Says He’s Been ‘Thinking A Little Bit About 2016.’” (Twitter.com, 1/24/15)

 Fox News’ Adam Shaw: “Did That Speech Just Put Rick Perry Back On The Map?” (Twitter.com, 1/24/15)

 Des Moines Register: “Perry Gave A Fiery Speech Saturday…” “Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a fiery speech Saturday to the Iowa Freedom Summit, calling for the nation to embrace the kind of tax policy and economic plans that made the Lone Star State a leader in creating jobs.” (William Petroski, “Perry: U.S. Should Follow Texas’ Lead,” Des Moines Register, 1/24/1

  “Enthusiastic Applause And Cheers For His Criticism Of Obama’s Administration And His Calls For Lower Taxes, Less Government Regulation And Tougher Border Security.” “Perry got enthusiastic applause and cheers for his criticism of President Barack Obama’s administration and his calls for lower taxes, less government regulation and tougher border security.” (William Petroski, “Perry: U.S. Should Follow Texas’ Lead,” Des Moines Register, 1/24/15)

In fact, according to Scott Conroy, writing at Real Clear Politics, the one negative aspect of Perry’s appearance was that he had to follow Sarah Palin. (Apart, that is, from a fresh PolitiFact Texas Pants on Fire for his assertion Monday that the U.S. unemployment rate has “been massaged, it’s been doctored.”)

Conroy, co-author of Sarah of Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar,” wrote:

Few, if any, political professionals consider Palin or (Donald) Trump to be plausible presidential material. But their presence among the serious contenders in Iowa—and, quite possibly, their participation in future confabs in the state later this year—risks diminishing the sincere White House aspirants.

A swing voter in Ohio or Colorado who happened to have caught a two-minute report about Saturday’s event on the evening news would have had a hard time distinguishing the pretenders from the contenders.

Rick Perry, for instance, is aiming to revitalize his national image following his disastrous 2012 presidential bid. But Perry had the misfortune of being assigned the speaking slot directly following Palin—a programming oddity on the order of Woodstock producers scheduling Sha-Na-Na, the 1950s throwback band, right before Jimi Hendrix.

The headline on Conroy’s story was The Iowa Trap.
What’s the trap?
The numbers tell the story.

In the 2012 caucuses, for example, only 122,255 of the 614,913 eligible Republican voters participated—good enough for a record turnout but one that amounted to a mere 19.8 percent participation rate.

Only the most passionate and committed Iowa Republicans—who collectively are older, whiter and more devoutly conservative than the national GOP electorate as a whole—are willing to give up an hour or more of their time on a cold January night to take part in the tradition.

Therefore, the easiest way to stand out in a crowded field in courting their support is by doling out heaping portions of the kind of red meat rhetoric that wows the conservative crowds but also fills national Democratic strategists with visions of President Hillary Clinton dancing in their heads.

In other words, the Iowa caucuses sound like a standard-issue, super-low-turnout Texas primary election, with the same ideological skew.
Amid light crowds last week for the inauguration of Perry’s successor, Greg Abbott, Paul Burka at Texas Monthly, wrote a post under the headline, What If They Held an Inauguration (And Nobody Came)?

That is how I felt about the inauguration of Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. The crowds were modest, at best, on the south lawn of the Capitol for the actual swearing-in. During the parade down Congress Avenue that followed, I saw mostly empty sidewalks with only a few onlookers. Perhaps they were all at Zilker Park enjoying the afternoon instead? Or perhaps I should not have been surprised. After all, nobody voted in the election, so why should anyone expect people to attend the parade?

This may help explain why, no matter his new description of “subhuman mongrels” as too kind a cut, Ted Nugent may remain a cultural icon in good standing in Huckabee’s Bubbaville and in the Republican primary process.

So when Nugent opines, as he did last fall on Facebook, about Ferguson, it may matter less how crudely he expresses himself than how many people are giving it the Facebook thumbs up – 581,328 likes.

Ted Nugent

Here’s the lessons from Ferguson America Don’t let your kids grow up to be thugs who think they can steal, assault & attack cops as a way of life & badge of black (dis)honor. Don’t preach your racist bull…. “no justice no peace” as blabbered by Obama’s racist Czar Al Not So Sharpton & their black klansmen. When a cop tells you to get out of the middle of the street, obey him & don’t attack him as brainwashed by the gangsta a……. you hang with & look up to. It’s that simple unless you have no brains, no soul, no sense of decency whatsoever. And dont claim that “black lives matter” when you ignore the millions you abort & slaughter each & every day by other blacks. Those of us with a soul do indeed believe black lives matter, as all lives matter. So quit killin each other you f….. idiots. Drive safely.

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