Ted Nugent, the “Motor City Madman” has decided to retroactively rewrite history so that he can burnish his “conservative” bona fides.
Here’s your creepy Fourth of July card from the WSJ and Ted Nugent. Posted at 12:01 AM on July 4, 2007, in the Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal online, came the slimy attack:
The Summer of Drugs
Forty years ago, dirty, stinky hippies converged on San Francisco to “turn on, tune in and drop out.”
BY TED NUGENT
Wednesday, July 4, 2007 12:01 a.m. EDT
This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the so-called Summer of Love. Honest and intelligent people will remember it for what it really was: the Summer of Drugs.
Forty years ago hordes of stoned, dirty, stinky hippies converged on San Francisco to “turn on, tune in, and drop out,” which was the calling card of LSD proponent Timothy Leary. Turned off by the work ethic and productive American Dream values of their parents, hippies instead opted for a cowardly, irresponsible lifestyle of random sex, life-destroying drugs and mostly soulless rock music that flourished in San Francisco…
Yes, he hates his generation. Now, after the chest-beating and the posturing, Nugent makes his ONLY debate point at the bottom, in typical Rightie, dismissive “holier-than-thou” fashion:
While I salute and commend the political and cultural activism of the 1960s that fueled the civil rights movement, other than that, the decade is barren of any positive cultural or social impact. Honest people will remember 1967 for what is truly was.
There is a saying that if you can remember the 1960s, you were not there. I was there and remember the decade in vivid, ugly detail. I remember its toxic underbelly excess because I was caught in the vortex of the music revolution that was sweeping the country, and because my radar was fine-tuned thanks to a clean and sober lifestyle.
Death due to drugs and the social carnage heaped upon America by hippies is nothing to celebrate. That is a fool’s game, but it is quite apparent some burned-out hippies never learn.
Substitute “Jews” or “Blacks” for “hippies,” and you’ve pretty much got the depth of Nugent’s bigotry and the depths of his hatred for his own generation — who never particularly embraced him. His fan base was, finally, the following generation. So, perhaps we can understand his bilious embitterment.
[Black] “Civil rights” were the only contribution? Get a life, Nugent. I don’t have time to list all the contributions that the “Summer of Love” generation made to American freedom and liberty (you know, what we’re supposed to be celebrating on the Fourth). And women’s rights, gay rights, marital rights, children’s rights, human rights, etc. etc. etc. They are, in Nugent’s words:
The 1960s, a generation that wanted to hold hands, give peace a chance, smoke dope and change the world, changed it all right: for the worse. America is still suffering the horrible consequences of hippies who thought utopia could be found in joints and intentional disconnect.
Instead, the WSJ and Ted Nugent celebrate the Fourth by slurring an entire generation, heaping contempt on their ideological enemies, and lying to make their slimy, elitist point.
More King George III than Jefferson, Adams and Franklin, to be sure.
But then, what did we expect of the Wall Street Urinal? How would Rupert Murdoch taking over the Klan Fest that is the WSJ’s editorial page change anything? You can’t get much lower that this.
I won’t mention the old Amboy Dukes extended piece “Papa’s Will” in which the protagonist lights his father’s oxygen tent on fire, and then masturbates over the corpse. (That was the version Ted played live, the vinyl ‘hid’ this, obviously, like the vinyl hid Jim Morrison’s lyric explaining what he’d like to do to his mother in “The End” on the Doors’ eponymous debut Lp) .
This would undoubtedly probably be a poor example of Ted’s “conservative” values. (don’t screw with former record store managers who know your career backwards and forwards, Ted).
That’s OK. Consider who else in his generation he wants to snuggle up to:
Ted Nugent: 13 December 1948
Rush Limbaugh: 12 January, 1951
(Like Rush, Nugent made his living off of the hippie music scene, then turned around to make a living pissing on them).
Tom DeLay: April 8, 1947
Here, I borrowed this from my old blog, Skiing Uphill, August 10, 2005:
Here: look at these contemporaries and ask yourself, are these really the kids of the same generation?
Mick Jagger: 7/26/1943
Newt Gingrich: 06/17/1943
Sly Stone: 3/15/1944
Rush Limbaugh: 1/12/1951
Tom Petty: 10/20/1950
Bill Frist: 2/22/1952
John Kerry: 12/11/1943
Paul McCartney: 6/18/1942
George W. Bush: 7/6/1946
Elton John: 3/25/1947
Dick Cheney: 1/30/1941
John Lennon: 10/9/1940
Dick Armey : 7/7/1940
Jim Morrison: 12/8/1943
Jimi Hendrix: 11/27/1942
Jane Fonda: 12/21/1937
Peter Jennings: 7/29/1938
David Bowie: 9/8/1947
Tom DeLay: 4/8/1947
Trent Lott: 10/9/1941
Bill Clinton: 8/19/1946
Iggy Pop: 4/21/1947
Hilary Clinton: 10/26/1947
David Crosby: 8/14/1941
Dennis Hastert: 1/2/1942
Bob Dylan: 5/24/1941
Nancy Pelosi: 3/26/1940
Ringo Starr: 7/7/1940
Gene Simmons (of Kiss): 8/25/1949
Bill O’Reilly (of Faux): 9/10/1949
John Belushi: 1/24/1949
Tiny Tim: 4/12/1932
Ruth Bader Ginsberg 3/15/1933
Donald Rumsfeld: 7/9/1932
Little Richard: 12/5/1932
Karl Rove: 12/25/1950
Bruce Springsteen: 9/23/1949
So, the question becomes: what the hell happened to these politicians* that they seemed to have entirely missed rock and roll. Imagine, if you will, almost any of the politicians named at a rock concert by one of the artists named.
But it’s the same generation!
[* well, not Kerry and Pelosi, of course, but you get the idea]
As, alas, is ‘moral’ Ted Nugent. Who went over to the dark side.
Drugs weren’t the greatest thing in the world, but to discount the entire generation because the slimeballs you hung out with backstage in the astonishingly chauvinist rock&roll world (male chauvinism vanished, in rock and roll, ironically, LONG after the rest of the generation and society got the idea, and grew up — one wonders if “women’s rights” would be included in Nugent’s “civil rights,” although it seems apparent that they are NOT), well, Ted, perhaps you wrecked more brain cells than you’d care to admit. I’ll be glad to stipulate it’s not from drugs, but there are many other way to wreck brain cell, like alcohol, and gun blasts, and, well, hanging out with Rightie hatemeisters, like, say the WSJ’s editorial staff.*
[* I understand that recent medical research strongly suggests that exposure to John Fund in person is the equivalent of smoking four PCP joints, in terms of destroying brain cells, for example. Reading his writing is only slightly less deleterious to brain health.]
What a gift from Ted Nugent and the WSJ on “the glorious Fourth.”
What “patriots” they are!
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