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President Obama: Ted Nugent, The Secret Service drama, etc.

April 19, 2012 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) Guitar-strumming iconoclastic Ted Nugent got an obligatory visit from and interview by the Secret Service for his loose-lipped crack that to ensure that President Obama’s not be re-elected, “we need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November” at the National Rifle Association convention.

But the chilling thing is the fulsome praise — or at best, defense — of Ted Nugent by gun enthusiasts, bloggers on websites, and by right-wing talk show gabbers. Even more chilling was Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s gush with giddy delight about his admiration of Nugent, and Oklahoma GOP Senator Jim Inhofe who wondered what the big deal was about Nugent’s crack. Though presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign did issue a tepid rebuke of Ted Nugent’s remarks as “divisive,” even more chilling was the wall of silence from top GOP party leaders. Ted Nugent, for his part, was unrepentant. Though he tempered his Obama threat with the loud protest that he did not wish any harm to the president, he quickly added that he had the right to express himself however he chose.

Ted Nugent is right. He does have the right to speak out and voice his views as any other private citizen or public figure. And he has done that in the past President Obama. On Aug. 21, 2007, Ted Nugent ranted that, Obama’s a piece of s…., and I told him to suck on my machine gun.” His latest broadside against Obama could charitably be considered no more than a hard personal dig at Obama with no inference that he personally wished him dead. But that doesn’t erase the malign sentiment behind his remark, let alone the sentiment  of the legions that made a mad dash to secretly and even publicly praise Ted Nugent. But Ted Nugent is a celebrity, personality, and public figure. No matter his intent or how First Amendment protected he thought his remark, it was bound to get widespread public attention and agreement from many who loath Obama.

But more importantly it doesn’t alter the terrifying fact that threats against President Obama have come fast and furious before and after he took office. That concern over Obama’s safety has been intense since he announced he would seek the presidency in February 2007. He had the dubious distinction of being the earliest presidential contender to be assigned Secret Service protection on the campaign trail. This didn’t ease the jitters over his safety. Several congressional members demanded that Secret Service officials provide all the resources and personnel they could to ensure Obama’s and the other presidential candidates’ security. They heard the whispers and nervous questions from his constituents about Obama’s safety.

During the presidential campaign in 2008, the flood of crank, crackpot, and screwball threats that promised murder and mayhem toward President Obama continued to pour in. This prompted the Secret Service to tighten security and take even more elaborate measures to ensure his safety.

The Secret Service reported the year after he took office that the rate of threats against President Obama has increased 400 percent from the 3,000 a year or so under President George W. Bush. He receives dozens of assassination threats continuously, and that number has been steady before and during the campaign and increased after he took office. Federal law is very clear on Threatening the President of the United States. It is a Class D felony under United States Code Title 18, Section 871. It consists of knowingly and willfully mailing or otherwise making “any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States.”

The Secret Service has taken the threats against the president seriously and has diligently investigated every one of them. Ted Nugent found that out and even agreed that the Service was only doing its job in investigating him. In a few cases, prosecutors have brought charges. These have been the most extreme cases, where the suspects have actually concocted plots against the president and have histories of gun-toting and of even committing violent acts. Nugent, of course, won’t face any charges. But he did serve as yet another cautionary note that in an intense election year, with so much riding on Obama’s re-election and the GOP pulling out all stops to make sure that doesn’t happen, the frustration, anger, and discontent with President Obama from many that lay underneath Ted Nugent’s crack will almost certainly be heard and repeated again and again during the campaign.

The line between what’s legitimate free speech and expression — up to and including rapping the president — versus a threat of bodily harm to him will be tested, blurred and challenged just as repeatedly. Ted Nugent is only the latest example of that. He won’t be the last. That’s what makes what he said so chilling.

Written By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

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4 Responses to “President Obama: Ted Nugent, The Secret Service drama, etc.”
  1. jini white says:

    Ted nugent belongs in a mental hospital, and heavely
    medicated

  2. jini white says:

    Ted nugent is a fool, and his rants are dangerous and unamerican.
    The right to free speach should not include hate speach towards our president.
    Ted nugent is also a racist, he belongs in a mental
    hospital, and heavely medicated.

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  4. Don says:

    Black history month is celebrated every February. No doubt Obama is treated as something of a hero in such celebrations. However, there is man named Otis McDonald, whose name you’ve probably never heard although his name will be remembered long after Obama’s has been forgotten.

    He is the black man who took on the city of Chicago and restored rights to its citizens that had been stripped from them for decades. Perhaps you might recognize him in the context of McDonald v. Chicago. If you’re easily bored, you may find it something of a dry read. If you have a mind that prowls and an interest in learning new things, you may find it to be quite an eyeopener.

    http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/09pdf/08-1521.pdf

    It is the story of a black man who tried to make a better life for himself and his family, only to see the neighborhood where he raised his children turn into a war zone where criminals ruled the streets. It is also a story of black history in America from a time when blacks were rounded up and violently disarmed. Blacks were considered sub humans that couldn’t be trusted with the rights of free men to keep and bear arms. Then came the Fourteenth Amendment that for the first time declared that blacks have exactly the same rights as whites.

    Mr. McDonald stood up to an entire city and said I’m a free man. I am a hard working, law abiding citizen and have a fundamental right to the means to keep myself and my family safe.

    Now here’s the part that’s strange, especially in the context of the article posted. Otis McDonald is a black Democrat. Obama is a black Democrat. Obama has appointed two justices to the US Supreme Court. In Chicago v. McDonald, both of them ruled Mr. McDonald, a black man, is a sub human that can’t be trusted with the right to keep and bear arms.

    Ted Nugent is a loudmouthed fool and an embarrassment to everyone who believes in the Second Amendment. That Obama is hated by a fool, however, does not magically transform Obama into a good guy.

    Obama would have free men, such as Otis McDonald, singing spirituals on massa’s back porch, with massa lubbin every one a dem — just like in the bad old days.

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