Ted Nugent is a rock n’ roll legend. He is also a right-wing republican and ultra popular speaker and pundit for prominent Republicans. He is a favorite guest of Sean Hannity and a constant fixture for right wing politicians, like Sarah Palin and Rick Perry.
Today, at an NRA (National Rifle Association) conference Nugent threatened death and violence if Mitt Romney did not win the November elections. The very popular, regular pundit of Fox News, was flanked by machine guns, when he warned that “If Barack Obama becomes the President in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year”. Nugent was emphatic in his praise of candidate, Mitt Romney. He admonished the crowd of cheering fans, that the government was “wiping it’s ass with the Constitution”. As Nugent insisted that the President doesn’t “even like the Constitution” the crowd signaled it’s approval. The rocker implored the NRA’s loyal attendees to bring potential Romney supporters to the polls. He stated that the future of the nation was dependent upon Mitt Romney winning the election, noting that “If you can’t galvanize and promote and recruit people to vote for Mitt Romney, we’re done”. He told the adoring crowd that “We need to ride into the battlefield and chop their heads off in November”.
Nugent’s comments followed Mitt Romney’s own speech to the NRA, yesterday. His comments are also somewhat unoriginal as they are common place claims in right wing media. The idea that America cannot survive another term of President Obama is a constant refrain of the right. Nugent’s comments are also a less reserved parody of Mitt Romney’s speech to the NRA. Romney portrayed himself as the champion of freedom in his speech and he suggested that President Obama was a direct threat to our nation’s freedom. ” We need a President who will stand up for the rights of hunters, sportsmen and those who seek to protect their home and family. President Obama has not; I will”. He accused the President of attempting to “browbeat” the Supreme Court. He warned that in a second term, President Obama would threaten the right to bear arms.
It should be noted that President Obama has taken no action against gun ownership and that in many ways he has liberalized the right to carry weapons. Despite his relatively friendly policies gun owners have been fed a steady diet of conspiracies regarding President Obama’s hostility towards gun ownership. Shortly after the President’s election, gun stores were besieged by consumers who believed (largely as a result of talk radio) that the President was going to artificially raise the price of bullets (the equivalent of Chris Rock’s famous joke).
Thus far Mitt Romney has offered no comment on Ted Nugent’s controversial comments or his advocacy of his bid for the Presidency.
Ellen Degeneris is not known as an intrepid investigative journalist, but yesterday she broke a fashion exclusive. Ellen revealed the First Lady’s Prom Dress, which was notable for it’s incredibly high and revealing slit. The awfully tempting gown, reveals the slit as the future First Lady posed in a wicker throne. When Ellen pointed out the seductive accent, the First Lady emphasized that she would never allow her daughters to dawn such an outfit. She jokingly asked that Ellen not show her daughters. The First Lady was at a an event celebrating the children of military families which (we are sure) added to the pressure she felt to disavow her youthful fashion choices. Ellen was an excellent sport and revealed her own, hideous Prom Gown as well!
The magicians at Apple have at least one last trick up their sleeve. This time, they will shrink their famed IPAD! The latest version of the IPAD will be an IPAD MINI, a seven inch variety of their original creation. How consumers will use the miniature version is debatable but there is no argument about the demand for such a product. Apple’s founder Steve Jobs, once derided the utility and appeal of 7 inch tablets. However. the Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire have proven that consumers are indeed interested in 7 inch varieties. A great deal of their appeal is in their lower price point. The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet retail for $199.00. The new Apple iPad Mini will maintain Apple’s premium status at a speculated price point below $300 (but certainly above the Amazon Kindle Fire). The new iPad will arrive in time to compete with similar, new products, arriving from Samsung and Microsoft, which will debut the highly anticipated Windows 8 tablets.
The Violence Against Women Act was passed for the first time, in 1994. Since its initial adoption, reporting of domestic violence has increased by 51%. The legislation, which must be periodically renewed improved the nation’s response to domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Advocates say that it has been pivotal in tamping down violence against women. Yet, despite it’s importance, this crucial piece of legislation is poised to fail in the U.S. Senate.
Republicans are threatening to refuse reauthorization because the new version of the Violence Against Women Act includes LGBT (Gay/Lesbian) Couples. The bill also includes a provision from the SAVE Native American Women Act, which allows tribes to prosecute Indian and Non-Indian offenders in domestic violence cases. Adding to the list of Republican complaints against the new Violence Against Women Act, are its extension of protection for female illegal aliens. The provision provides visas for undocumented victims of domestic violence to encourage them to come forward when they are abused by alleviating the fear of deportation.
The Republicans have faced an avalanche of recent criticism, for their policies effecting women. This latest maneuver is unlikely to curry favor with women. Critics have accused the Republicans of waging an all out WAR AGAINST WOMEN and they will likely use the Republican opposition to the Violence Against Women Act, as more ammunition in their attacks on the GOP. The culmination of the GOP’s controversial policies have created a popular perception that threatens to permanently brand the party.
If the politics of the issue are not in the Republican Party’s favor, the facts of the issue are also working against the GOP. The GOP’s stated reasons for opposing the bill fail to stand up to inspection. The “controversial” provision covering illegal aliens was in previous versions of the bill. The only change in the new bill increases the number of visas available for abused women, from 10,000 (in the previous versions) to 15,000. It is unlikely that voters will accept the notion that the slight increase in visas, justifies blocking an otherwise worthwhile bill. The additional provisions protecting Native American Women were also once bi-partisan suggestions.
The final provision including Gay and Lesbian couples leaves the Republicans in the difficult position of arguing that Gays and Lesbians, shouldn’t be protected from the violence of spouses or intimates. Considering the dangers to women (should the Violence Against Women Act fail) the Republicans must ask themselves, if opposing the provision that protects LGBT individuals from violence, warrants lending credence to the mounting charges that the GOP is at War with Women.