I just heard the most amazing interview, the Curtis & Eboni show at 77WABC: Ted Nugent Accepts Responsibility; Says Tone Down Rhetoric
It is exactly what it sounds like. There’s a couple of moments toward the end of the twelve-ish minutes where it almost sounds like he’s tempering his statement a little, but I think if you listen for yourself and not rely on anything taken out of context later, you’ll hear a clear admission of going too far in the past and a clarion call to take it down a notch, everybody.
Mr. Nugent himself apparently is taking his lead from both his wife and, if I gathered correctly from the context, Eboni herself. This is big. Anyone who has suffered my stylings in the past knows I’m slow to give credit and quick to find fault, especially when I think evil is afoot, so I want to be clear. We’ve all (well, most of us, I hope) been taught from childhood that it takes a big person to admit to and right a wrong.
If Ted Nugent can be big enough to both stand firm in principle and at the same time take responsibility for the past wrong of apparently supporting political violence, I can get behind that. I don’t need to agree with his politics. I can get behind THAT. And if he believes it’s possible to maintain our strong disagreements, even passionately and with strong language, I can get behind THAT. And if he goes so far as to be clearly opposed to violence, full stop, and especially political violence, I can get behind THAT.
Okay, I’ll gloat a tiny bit, but I’m a nobody and he’s famous. I was ahead by a wee bit.
So this is my promise to you. Whatever my position on an issue, and whatever yours, I won’t wish you dead. I won’t wish you beaten. I will respect that we differ, even if I fail to respect the reasons. And I’ll be as civil as Ted Nugent going forward.