The politics of gun-loving rich people

I don’t think anyone would accuse Ted Nugent of being particularly intelligent. I mean, this is the guy who wrote “Wang Dang Sweet Poon Tang”. He also lives, by choice, in Texas, the most backwards-ass hellhole of anti-intellectualism in the world.

But I like opinionated people, even when they are wrong. Ted has a little editorial for us called “‘Live and let live’ foreign idea to left“. And, yup, he’s wrong. Or at least mostly wrong.

First of all, he’s mad at Paul McCartney for firing someone for eating hamburger. I don’t know anything about that story but I suspect that Mr. Nugent and I pretty much agree on that subject. How about we all have whatever diet we choose? Seems reasonable to me.

Second, he’s mad because some of us want there to be places that are “gun free”. A major proponent of this is churches. Many of us would also rather not have to worry about being shot by drunks arguing in bars (something that happens a lot).

Third, he doesn’t like the estate tax. He falls back on the same old incorrect rhetoric that rich people use to protect their gross collection of assets:

The unfair, un-American, unconstitutional death tax literally destroys mom-and-pop businesses across the land. Think about it.

No, it doesn’t destroy mom-and-pop businesses. The exemption for the estate tax is millions of dollars. As I wrote elsewhere:

Make no question about it — the estate tax still leaves plenty of room for rich cry babies to remain rich cry babies. If you are worth a shit load of money when you die, your children will still have a shit load of money. What we are saying with the estate tax is that your wealth was not created in a vacuum and you have a responsibility to share some portion of your wealth with the country that made it possible after you are dead and don’t need it anymore.

The estate tax is fair, it effects very few people, it helps support the very society that makes extreme wealth possible, it is consistent with a philosophy of a meritocracy, it can be tweaked to protect farmers and small business owners, and we absolutely need it.

And finally Nugent thinks that conservatives stand for “live and let live”:

While conservatives “live and let live,” the left arrogantly thinks it knows better than we do and will burden “we the people” with more government control until we are taxed to death.

Hmm, let’s see. Conservatives want to put the police in the doctor’s office with women who may be pregnant. They want to make sure gay people can’t give each other blow jobs. In Texas you can’t buy a dildo. Conservatives want to do away with the separation of church and state. They don’t want to teach children sex education. They want to deny useful medications to the terminally ill. They want the largest military on earth but they don’t want to pay the taxes that support it. They want to teach Biblical creation myths is scientific fact.

No, Ted just likes his meat, his guns and his money. He doesn’t understand shit about politics or policy.

The politics of gun-loving rich people

5 thoughts on “The politics of gun-loving rich people

  1. bsherwood says:

    It might be interesting to try a gun free zone on a larger scale just to see what happens. How about the South Side of Chicago or East LA?….


  2. micadelic, I think the impetus is on your side of the argument. Guns have not made us safe in this country. In fact, they’ve made us much less safe. Like bsherwood said, the notion that guns make us safer has clearly been proven false! So to argue that gun free zones are less safe, while it seems logical in one sense, is completely wrong. They are more safe.

    But it is, of course, true that criminals are the ones who will ignore the signs and the laws and everything else. The problem is, most gun deaths are not caused by criminals, per se. They are caused by accidents, suicides and domestic violence. It’s husbands shooting wives and kids offing themselves.

    The more people like Ted Nugent encourage people to arm themselves for their personal safety, the more wives and kids will die. This is a confusing and unfortunate fact.

    As I’ve said a million times, I am not anti-gun. I have a handgun and a shot gun. I would use them for my personal safety if I had to. I am not a pacifist. But guns do not make us safer.


  3. bsherwood says:

    So should we “arm teachers” so if a gunman comes into a school and starts blasting away, I can step out, draw a bead and send him to hell? But then, what if I happen to get irritated with that jerk of a math teacher and one day I snap?

    we know that what we are currently doing is not working very well. something needs to change.
    The US more than almost all other countries combined murders each other with guns…

    some would say to just enforce the laws we now have on the books and the problem is solved…or stiffer sentences for gun crimes…but our prisons are full beyond capacity.


  4. micadelic says:

    Well, I would argue that anybody who wrote “wang dang sweet poontang” is a freakin’ genius but that’s another matter.

    Here is where I have a problem with the left’s thinking on the whole gun-free zone thing and maybe you can clarify this for me…

    First off, the people who would obey the “Gun Free Zone” rule are not the people who are going to kill you. There are laws against murder and guess what? People who murder don’t obey those laws. So how does a rule banning guns from premises keep me safe when the murderous asshole with a gun isn’t going to let a dumb sign or an ordinance prevent him from murdering?

    And secondly, if I’m a murderous asshole with a gun that just wants to kill people, the first place I’m going to think about going is a gun-free zone because I know it’s going to take a while for anybody WITH a gun to get there and keep me from killing people.


  5. bsherwood says:

    I read Teds article…typical Nugent Rant…which I normally find amusing..

    I’m all about being able to hunt and eat any dead shit you want… however

    If I am Paul McCartney and I hire you and make it perfectly clear my entire staff is Non-meat eating…and you accept the job, you have accepted my terms. (you want to devour ribs on your day off, please do) You snarf a burger on the job? take a hike and don’t bitch.

    We do have “Gun Free Zones” in all states I believe??, probably not Texas for reasons you already mentioned…

    Bars,church, schools, government buildings are gun free unless you have a concealed permit…

    Americans love to shoot each other. We should figure out how to not do that anymore. I know “Right to bear arms” and self defense…I believe in that. I have a mess o guns myself…and so far I have not shot anyone in 46 years….I am also for exploring gun control. If that means establishing more “gun free zones” I say do it, try it…
    and I say john q public doesn’t need to purchase an ak47 without having someone look up his ass with a magnifying glass. I also think if you really need to own an AR15 you should have to wait, and be licensed….not be a felon, or on crack or a dumbass….

    maybe that’s it…we need a “dumb-ass” law…

    “sorry sir, no 50 calibur ammo for you, you’re a dumb-ass”

    “sorry, you can’t be elected to public office because you are a complete dumb-ass”


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