GOP, Nugent strike hypocritical chord

The stunning hypocrisy of it all.

Back in the day ...

In 2003, just prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, lead singer Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks was fronting for her trio in London as part of a European tour.

During the concert, Maines said, “We don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

She was referring, of course, to President George W. Bush.

The response was immediate and pretty devastating.

The country music world went bonkers.

Politicians screamed bloody murder.

The furor continued for months resulting in canceled concerts and contracts, bag loads of hate mail, and death threats too numerable to count.

There were even huge gatherings at which CDs and tapes of the Dixie Chicks’ music were destroyed with great patriotic glee.

Arguably the most memorable comment tossed their way during the brouhaha that followed Maines’ comments in London was the now famous:

“Shut up and sing, b----.”

Some would argue the furor ruined the Dixie Chicks collective careers as country-western singers (although they did recreate themselves and continued on to log success after success).

They were “ruined” because one singer said “ ... we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.”

And then ...

Ted Nugent takes the stage at the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis.

Now truth be known, Nugent probably wasn’t the worst speaker at the NRA convention — an affair resplendent with paranoia and Obama assassination jokes.

So it really wasn’t out of the ordinary when before an admiring crowd Nugent insinuated the President of the United States and supporters of the Democratic Party were like coyotes — varmints who should be shot.

“It isn’t the enemy that ruined America,” ranted Nugent. “It’s good people who bent over and let the enemy in.

“If the coyote’s in your living room pissing on your couch, it’s not the coyote’s fault.

“It’s your fault for not shooting him.”

Now I’m not saying there was any actual or direct threat, but the language used is pretty vile and violent.

And that wasn’t enough.

“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” he spouted to the faithful. “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.”

And there is more.

When the leadership of the Democratic Party suggested that Mitt Romney’s campaign should disassociate themselves from Nugent’s comments, Nugent himself called the Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman “a brain-dead, soul-less, heartless idiot.” He added he believed Representative Nancy Pelosi was “ a sub-human scoundrel.”

Like I said, I understand there was no direct threat, but wasn’t the crap spewed at least a little over the line?

You would think the same people who were so offended by Natalie Maines declaration that she was “ ... ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas.” would now speak out in like fashion against Nugent’s crazy, violent talk

You’d think ...but ...

Not so.

Instead, all and sundry are basically excusing Nugent’s comments away with “Ahhhhhhhhhhh, c’mon! He’s OK. He didn’t mean nuthin’ by it.”

Even Rep. Alan West, of Florida, a guy tagged as potential vice-presidential material, just pooh-poohed the whole incident saying:

“I think he was just expressing maybe his opinion about something and of course everyone wants to sensationalize things ... I don’t think the Motor City Madman has any ill will toward the President of United States of America.”

Really!!??!! Have you ever listened to the guy?

So, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, let’s review.

If you are a more liberal leaning entertainer and you say you’re “ashamed” of the President of the United States, then you are un-patriotic and need to be vilified, threatened, and have your career trashed.

BUT, if you are a more conservative leaning entertainer and you suggest the president and his supporters should be shot like varmints, and that folks who believe differently than you should have their heads chopped of — either actually or figuratively — that’s simply an expression of an opinion.

God Bless America.

When one person says something unsavory — it is horrifying.

When the other says something much more incendiary — it’s just shuckin’ and jivin’.

And nobody, not one right-leaning politician will come out publicly and castigate him

He is, after all, Ted Nugent. And it was, after all, the NRA convention.

God forbid anyone should stand up and say “Wow. That was out of line.”

Oh well, I guess I will ...

“Hey Nugent ...

“Shut your ignorant gob and try singing something other than ‘Cat Scratch Fever.’

“I’m tired of that ol’ rag. There’s only so long you can keep milking that cow.”