Two months ago, I wrote a column criticizing Operation Finally Home’s decision to have Ted Nugent headline its fundraiser at South Shore Harbour Resort on April 12 and the League City Council’s approval of $15,000 to $20,000 to support the event (“Nugent would tarnish project for vets,” Dec. 21, The Daily News).

My column pointed out that Nugent is infamous for his sexism, racism and violence-mongering and provided numerous examples of his slurs and threatening language.

I appreciate the numerous contributors who have criticized Nugent’s bigotry since then, as well as Heber Taylor’s editorial questioning the League City Council’s funding for the event.

And now that Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott has asked Nugent to campaign with him, Nugent’s bigotry is drawing the attention of media across the country.

Nugent’s First Amendment rights are not in question. But neither is his long history of hate-filled rhetoric toward women and people of color.

In a 2013 column, Nugent wrote that undocumented immigrants should be treated like “indentured servants” until they “earn their citizenship.”

In a 2013 interview, Nugent recounted his experience shooting hundreds of feral hogs with a machine gun from a helicopter.

He recalled later telling a group of San Antonio businessmen, “And now if they would just take me to South Central ... OK! I kid.”

Nugent’s fantasy about murdering impoverished people of color in a Los Angeles community as if they were feral hogs is racist and reprehensible. It is not funny.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day last month, Nugent claimed African-Americans need to “admit to the self-inflicted destructo-derby they are waging. …”

Nugent’s racist assumptions are laid bare in his assertion that African-Americans could solve “the black problem tonight” if they just put their “heart and soul into being honest, law-abiding (and) delivering excellence at every move in your life.”

In an interview last month, Nugent described former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as having “spare scrotums.”

He went on to call President Barack Obama “a chimpanzee” — an old, vicious racist slur.

As another critic recently pointed out, Nugent also described the President in that interview as “a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel.”

Editorial writer Tod Robberson of The Dallas Morning News got it right when he wrote Tuesday: “Nugent is a racist. I don’t know of any other way to put it. Anyone who would characterize the first African-American president in U.S. history as a ‘communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel’ is a racist.”

As CNN’s Wolf Blitzer pointed out Tuesday: “That’s what the Nazis called Jews to justify the genocide of the Jewish community … They called them untermenschen, subhuman mongrels.”

Robberson also wrote that for Nugent “to refer to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as a ‘worthless b----,’ and having referred to feminists and female politicians as ‘fat pigs’ and ‘dirty whores’ cannot be construed as anything but sexist.”

It says a lot about officials in League City and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott that they want to be associated with Nugent.

But a broad spectrum of democratic-minded people will continue to speak out forcefully against Nugent’s bigotry and the Republicans’ embrace of bigotry for political gain.

Guest column

David Michael Smith is a former professor at College of the Mainland.

(14) comments

Brian Cann

Wasn't W Bush referred to as "chimpy" by the left?
Hillary Clinton is a "worthless b----".
Obama is/was nurtured/surrounded by commies.
Truth, much like Hillary, is a b*tch

Lars Faltskog

Curious to know Mr. Nugent's educational background. Seems as though bettering himself in the intellectual realm never was a goal of his.

He luckily found his niche in the entertainment business, which holds some individuals who went beyond their little world of singing/acting/fanbase. But, not him. As I recall, George Strait received an agricultural degree many years back. The way George "carries" himself represents that he, in the past, has assimilated in the world besides entertaining. There are other examples: Brooke Shields (French Lit), Jodie Foster - literature. Ray Romano has a degree in accounting. James Franco - degree in English. Eva Longoria - kinesiology. Jay Lleno - speech therapy. Kenny Chesney - degree in advertising.

Mind you, getting a degree doesn't guarantee one to be a respectable member of society. EX: Ron Jeremy (porn mogul) has degree in spec. education. He's a "shocker". Same for Howard Stern.

One can be assimilatable and respectable without advanced education. But, it does help. Nugent simply isn't educated, neither in the formal nor informal sense.

Lisa Gray

Nice to know that the Daily News keeping up it's reputation for printing editorials that agree with their political ideology. David Michael Smith, REALLY?? Can you get a little more bias please? I for one will be happy when this paper is really a balanced news source.

Kevin Lang

They print articles from the Three Musketeers as well as articles from David Michael Smith. On this same issue of Nugent, they printed an article by John Dreiss. I think both John Dreiss and David Michael Smith would chuckle at your assertion that the two of them simultaneously agree with the GCDN's political idealogy. It seems to me that, if the paper is printing articles from all three of these contributors, there's good indication that the paper is printing a cross section of viewpoints, which, I believe, is what a newspaper SHOULD do.

If David Michael Smith gets you thinking enough to either get your blood boiling, or even get a hint of another perspective, he's done his job. If John Dreiss doesn't get you thinking at all, he hasn't done his. If you're tuned out and turned off as soon as you see either name in the by-line, then you aren'd doing your job.

This is true regardless of your own political sense. To me, nothing is more nonsensical than having to read the writings of someone that thinks exactly like me. Not that I don't find myself entertaining, but I'm not entertained by a roomfull of 100% like-minded clones. I want to keep growing. I want to be challenged.

Your miles may vary.

Dwight Burns

The disrespect shown this President is unparalleled. For anyone to refer to women as a b.....goes to that individuals lack of respect.

Reading the post by Rockstrongo, is an example of hatred gone wild.

President Barack Obama, history will concur, has and is the most disrespected President in the History of the United States of America. For a man to have had so much on his plate coming into office and to have guided this Country to where it is today, I would think people would see pass the color of his skin or hs politics. To hear a Mayor in Flordia demand the reporter address his a Mr. Mayor, then in the same breath refer to President Obama as Obama, is an example of what I'm talking about. Kinda reminds me of a point in history when Black Men could never be refered to as Mr. the best that would be said was, Uncle. Seems to me, nothing has changed when it comes to respecting this President.

Brian Cann

What has Hilary done to earn any respect? Name her accomplishments.
The color of obamas skin means nothing, get over it. The only thing that matters is that obama is a complete failure as a leader. What has he done that has been good for the country???!!!! Does it make him any less of a failure if I call him Mr. Obama, or Mr. President??!!!

Kevin Lang

I would sure like to think that Boehner, Cruz, Perry, and others have also had their share of failed ideas and sordid character associations. I'd sure hate to think that they're legislating from the perspective of a sheltered and silo'd existence.

I'm sure, too, that Obama has had his share of nurturing from conservatives, too. Which of his past associates have had the most effect on him depends on how upset you are that you haven't got what you wanted out of his presidency.

As for me, I've gotten just about the same out of the Obama presidency as I got out of the Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush presidencies--pretty much what I worked for.

Evelyn Clark

Thank you again and again its been so much disrespect shown toward the PRESIDENT of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. But as a BLACK MAN I know he can stay strong and handel it.

I feel that they can not stand the thought of a BLACK MAN yes i said BLACK MAN who won not once but TWICE. The people has spoken. The likes of Lambaughm, O'Reily ,Nugent and many more are just CRAZY. The have to look and just accept it.


Raymond Lewis

This editorial is smack, dab on target. Any conservative that condones Nugent's open hostility and bigotry towards minority groups and women earns the right to have the term 'conservative' interchanged for 'bigot'.

Victor Krc

I have considered myself a conservative for many years now after my youthful fling with liberal political activities disillusioned me. I was "mugged by reality". Someone once said that if you are not a liberal when you are young, you have no heart and if you are not a conservative when you are mature, you have no brains.

I am not going to defend Ted Nugent because much of what he says is way over the top, to put it mildly. However, I have always been chagrined by the selective outrage shown by those lefties who are so quick to point the finger at people like Nugent but do not point to and condemn some of the filthy, demeaning - to - women and violence - condoning Rap lyrics that I have heard booming from passing vehicles. Perhaps Mr. Smith would like to share his thoughts on this also.


Is Wendy campaigning with a Rapper? The idea that a candidate for Governor would choose to align himself with Nugent is the point here.

Victor Krc

OK, well then the people will decide via the ballot box.

As I see it, the folks that are going to vote for Davis are going to vote for her anyway, Nugent or no Nugent.

Abbott obviously thinks that adding Nugent to his campaign will get him the votes of people that would otherwise sit the election out. He is also assuming that adding Nugent will not lose him votes. We will see.

All this is good old - fashioned popular sovereignty politics. Rancorous campaigns are nothing new in our national political history. The people will decide. That's the good news.

Carlos Ponce

When Wendy Davis had her filibuster, her pro abortion supporters were also chanting "Hail Satan". Did she ever disavow them?

Carol Voight

Let's not forget that this over-aged, has- been rock Icon is an ADMITTED pedophile!!! Anyone that votes for a supporter of this pedophile, deserves what will come to them. Pedophiles are, in my opinion, the scum of the Earth.

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