Well, now, this could get interesting. For some reason, Ted Nugent felt it necessary to post a commentary on his Facebook page, directed at “all the brain dead hippie logic-challenged dipshits in the media.” The commentary is actually not Nugent’s own, but an internet meme that makes fun of the mentally handicapped. Here’s the post, in it’s entirety.
OK, you say. What’s new about this? We all know that Nugent is a blowhard/racist/homophobe/draft dodger/jackass (choose one or more) who says stuff like this regularly, largely in order to keep his 15 minutes of fame going. Very true. What makes this different is that Ted Nugent will soon be appearing on Sarah Palin’s Sportsman Channel tv show with the “Moose Killa from Wasilla.”
As you certainly know, given that she loves to parade her children in front of the media, Sarah Palin’s son, Trig, has Down Syndrome. Palin has compared the use of the word “retard” to the use of the “n-word” (which, as Media Matters observes, Nugent has also used). In 2010, Palin had a classic Palin hissy fit over then Obama advisor Rahm Emmanuel, who called liberal groups “f—ing retarded.” At the time, this is what the half-term governor had to say, via Facebook:
The Obama Administration’s Chief of Staff scolded participants, calling them, “F—ing retarded,” according to several participants, as reported in the Wall Street Journal.
Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking.
A patriot in North Andover, Massachusetts, notified me of Rahm’s “retarded” slam. I join this gentleman, who is the father of a beautiful child born with Down Syndrome, in asking why the Special Olympics, National Down Syndrome Society and other groups condemning Rahm’s degrading scolding have been completely ignored by the White House. No comment from his boss, the president?
Will Palin defend Nugent’s remark, or ignore it?
While Palin was quick to jump on Rahm Emmanuel over his comment, she also defended the drug addled Rush Limbaugh when he used the same term. On “Fox News Sunday,” also in 2010, she told host Chris Wallace that Limbaugh was using political satire when he also called liberal groups “retards.”
It would seem that a person who was truly offended by the word “retard,” would be absolutely consistent in his or her criticism of those who use the word. But, as we know, Sarah Palin is anything but a model of consistency. She defends her friends for doing and saying the same things she attacks her political enemies for doing and saying. Given that history, it’s pretty much a certainty that the Palin/Nugent show will go on as scheduled, and Nugent’s poking fun at the mentally handicapped will be defended, or ignored.
H/T Media Matters | Image via Media Matters