As the storm over the Confederate flag rages, a number of conservative voices are speaking out. One of those is aged ’70s rocker, National Rifle Association (NRA) board member, and ammosexual Ted Nugent, who said people opposing the Confederate flag should value “substance over symbolism,” and asked, “If we burned every Confederate flag today, would they stop shooting each other in Chicago?”
He made his defense during a July 8 appearance on the Blog Talk Radio show World Positive Thinkers, just hours before the South Carolina House voted in a landslide to nix the flag from the capitol grounds.
The motor city madman
Nugent is known for his . . . unorthodox opinions. Earlier this year, he blamed President Obama for veteran suicides, and claimed, “by the late ’60s, the ’70s, I couldn’t find racism. I never saw racism. I never heard of racism. I thought it was a thing of the past in isolated pockets of inbreeding and cannibalism and spiritlessness.”
He has a long history of racist and hate-filled remarks, from comparing President Obama to a Nazi to calling him a “subhuman mongrel.” and calling Hillary Clinton a “toxic c*nt”– it seems like every time he opens his mouth, some sort of hateful nonsense falls out.
He’s also stood up for the Confederates in the past, suggesting that it might have been best if the Confederates had won the war of secession — something that was never going to happen, since it was backwards agrarians facing off against an industrialize superpower.
Thus, his defense of the Confederate flag on July 8 isn’t unexpected — it’s within the normal purview of his immature behavior.
“Substance over symbolism”
Nugent delivered some fine world salad during his appearance on World Positive Thinkers, saying, “I believe that we always have to look at substance over symbolism and I think we have to be honest.” He then asked, “If we burned every Confederate flag today, would they stop shooting each other in Chicago? If we burned every Confederate flag today, would we stop sanctuary cities from accommodating murderers and rapists and savage people?”
“I believe that if you believe the Confederate flag is one of honor for the Southern tradition, I believe you should have every right in the world to display that flag and wave it proudly,” he said. Nugent also admitted to flying the flag at his residence, and in a July 8 Facebook post, called the South Carolina decision to remove the flag “bullshit.”
And as we’ve learned in the past, he knows all about shit.
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