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Journey to the center of conservatives' minds

Yesterday Human Events (“Leading the Conservative Movement Since 1944”) posted two articles that demonstrate directions conservatives of a certain stripe intend to take in the wake of Barack Obama’s election.

In Rino Season Is Now Open, Ted Nugent writes:

There are really only four things I have a strong aversion to: unloaded guns, dull knives, banjos, and Republicans in Name Only (RINOs).

As the Republican Party begins to retool, rebuild and return to the “less government is best government” conservatism that makes America work, the first thing the GOP needs to do is to lock the RINOs out of the discussion. Heavily armed with an abundance of conservative attitude, my hunting buddies and I will provide security to ensure RINOs are kept downwind from the discussion.

Uncle Ted hereby declares it is open season on RINOs. No bag limits or permits required. Conservative ideas, arguments and votes are the weapons we will use. Hunt them down and shine a blazing light on these RINO turncoat cockroaches.

It’s been years since a journey to the center of Ted Nugent’s mind* has been one on which anyone in his right mind would embark.

Elsewhere on Human Events the inimitable Joseph Farah, founder of WorldNetDaily, asks: Is This the End of America?:

For 232 years, America has been the boldest, most successful experiment in personal liberty in the history of the world.

Today, many Americans are wondering whether that experiment has run its course — that we might be on the verge of trading our unique heritage of independent. . . limited constitutional republicanism for interdependent globalism and. . . unlimited central government power. …

It is, indeed, a dark day in America. It’s unfortunate that enough Americans have been seduced into voting for a false political messiah. It is a dangerous time for America.

But, at the end of the day, their policies are going to accomplish two things:   
 
— Expose their own true nature as illiberal authoritarian thugs. …
 
— Wreck the economy [with their] socialist policies.

In other words, we have an opportunity to watch the Democrats self-destruct over the next four years. We need to be ready to pick up the pieces. . .

Hey, at least they’re both ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work.

*Journey to the Center of the Mind –- A fine album by Ted Nugent’s band, the Amboy Dukes, released in 1968 and featuring his then-incendiary guitar, especially on the title track.

7 replies »

  1. All those fine right-wing Muricuns told Natalie Maines to shut up and sing. As a citizen who believes in free speech I shan’t say the same to Ted Nugent, although I might if I were his agent. Ted was a righteously fun rocker – FREE FOR ALL was one of my favorite records in high school – but as a galvanizing political thinker he’s marginally less accomplished.

    Still, if the future of the GOP is driven by Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin, it’s going to be a fine-n-dandy 30 years or so for the Dems.

  2. Haven’t you heard of the madman who lit a lantern in the bright morning, ran to the marketplace, and shouted unceasingly: “I seek conservatives! I seek conservatives!”? Since many of those who did not believe in conservatism happened to be standing around there, he was the cause of great laughter. “Did they get lost, then?” said one. “Have they lost their way like a child?” said another. “Or are they hiding? Are they scared of us? Did they go for a boat ride? Did they emigrate?” They all shouted and laughed together.
    The madman sprang into their midst and transfixed them with his gaze. “Where have the conservatives gone?” he cried, “I’ll tell you where! We’ve killed them–you and I! We are all their murderers!”

  3. Can we declare open season on silly jackasses who drive around in zebra striped, over lifted Broncos? Oh, yeah, i’ve lived in Michigan long enough to see Uncle Tedley at the gas station…and what a sight it is, too. First there’s the truck and then a skinny white guy wearing tight zebra-striped pants and moccasins is liable to appear.

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that, and i’m with Slammy on Ted’s ability to rock (if we can forget that Damn Yankees ever happened). But political thinker he is not, and if i hear the rumors correctly, he’s planning on running for governor…which will mean that the time for the UP to secede is finally upon us. It would be quite the campaign though; i imagine that he’ll shoot a flaming arrow through a cardboard cutout of his opponent at least once…he loves shooting cardboard cutouts with flaming arrows.

    If the GOP swings even further right, what do the moderates do? (come on, third party)

  4. For Ted….and the rest of the right wing pundits…I say give them some space and let them grieve for a bit. They need to go through the stages at their own pace. They are actually saying this just to pick a fight, or better yet to believe that the fight is still going on.

    Engaging these people is a waste of time and energy.

    True leadership will stick to the cause at hand and let success be its soapbox, while ignoring the craziness.

  5. Maybe the issue is not big government, but big capitalism. I believe it was John McCain’s hero, Teddy Roosevelt, who instigated the estate tax because he felt that accumulation of great wealth in a handful of families was a danger to democracy. Has that happened on the economic front? During the past century, as industries have matured the number of competing companies has dwindled and the survivors have grown to such proportions that failure of these companies is a national crisis because of the economic impact to so many people as shown by the auto and financial industry troubles. Competition and innovation in these industries is stifled because the big boys have the financial clout and all the lawyers. Do we need some form of corporation estate tax to reduce the clout of these behemoths and open the doors of opportunity just a wee crack for the underdogs and innovators to get their feet onto the playing field?

  6. umm, hate to be the voice of reason here, but ted nugent is no conservative. and if he is, or so could say the group, as someone alluded to [3 decades] the right is so fucked.

    Historically, conservatism was about being pragmatic, no?

    Nugent is a moron.

    Period, give this man no press.

    I like this blog.

    I merely offer my 2 cents, however worthless.