Monday, January 23, 2012

NUGENT: Fast and Furious stinks

In January of 2007 I had the privilege to attend Governor Rick Perry's Inaugural Ball.  It was a black tie affair and my escort, my son, even purchased a new tuxedo for the event which he of course wore with a traditional pair of black cowboy boots.   The night before and all that day Austin had been hit with a horrendous ice storm and we doubted that we could even travel to our hotel across from the Convention Center, even though my son lived in NW Austin because the roads were closed or covered in ice.

As the evening progressed, I was anxious to see and hear Ted Nugent.  The only thing I knew about "The Nuge", as my son referred to him,was that he "plays a mean guitar."  I hadn't expected the rocker to appear at the inaugural ball wearing a cutoff T-shirt  bearing the Confederate flag.  Not only was it offensive to some  because of the symbolism of slavery that the Confederate represents, but a very large number of attendees were Hispanics and Nugent made some rather offensive remarks about non English speakers.  To say the least, I wasn't very impressed. 

The next time I saw him was on a television interview, and although he seemed to be a bit over the top in his speech,  I found myself agreeing with what he had to say.  I began to read about Ted Nugent being a gun and hunting enthusiast, and his passion for America and for our freedoms.  I also learned that he and Governor Perry were friends.

On April 25, 2009 I attended the very first Tea Party hosted by Glenn Beck, and  held at The Alamo Plaza, in San Antonio.  Ted Nugent was one of the celebrities there, and he completely amazed the crowd with his awesome rendition of the National Anthem.  In 2010  I  was once again privileged to see Ted Nugent play the National Anthem at the Super Sunday Rally for Rick Perry and Sarah Palin at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas.  Each time I saw him perform and heard him speak he had the same freedom loving message, and his passion for our country was unequaled by any other celebrity I'd ever heard.  

Ted Nugent is a gun owner and a firm believer in the second Amendment.  When I saw that he had written an article on Fast and Furious for the Washington Times, I knew that this was a message we needed to bring to our readers at Two Sisters From The Right.  Enjoy!
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Gun-smuggling scheme another reason to distrust government

The United States of America has turned into bizarro land. Think of this: Our very own Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), under the direct guidance of the attorney general of the United States - America’s top cop, mind you - not only allowed, but encouraged American gun dealers to sell about 2,000 guns to known punks involved in the drug trade in order to trace the guns to Mexican drug cartels. If you think that’s unbelievably nuts, get a load of this: The suspected goons who bought the guns were not even placed under law enforcement surveillance.

This is analogous to the Drug Enforcement Administration knowingly allowing international dope pushers to sell heroin on American streets without placing the dope dealers under surveillance in hopes that somehow, some way, the dope pushers would enable the DEA to trace the heroin back to some dirty, cave-dwelling Afghan opium poppy farmer so we could then poison the farmer’s poppy fields. Wait a minute, let’s not give this crackpot administration any more loony ideas.

In all of its bureaucratic buffoonery, the ATF lost control of the weapons. Of course it did, as there were no electronic tracing components on the guns. Our less-than-esteemed attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., to whom the ATF reports, claimed not to know a thing about this brain-dead operation.

What kind of inebriated idiot would hatch an evil scheme such as this and then believe that, somehow, the guns could be traced to Mexican drug cartels without an electronic tracing component? This isn’t some low-ranking bureaucratic village idiot but a high-ranking government bureaucratic idiot who is paid by U.S. taxpayers.

It’s not as if the drug cartels needed any more guns. An estimated 35,000 Mexicans have been slaughtered in recent years in drug-related violence. What could an additional 2,000 guns provide the already heavily armed drug cartels, which get all the fully automatic machine guns they could possibly want from their own military and Central American gunrunners? Are you kidding me?

We should be given the names of the bureaucratic idiots at ATF who hatched this criminal idea and the bureaucratic punks who authorized it. They shouldn’t just be fired. They should be prosecuted and put in a cage with other gunrunning thugs. That’s what this was: a U.S. government-sanctioned gun-smuggling scheme.

Meanwhile, because the bureaucratic punks in Washington who hatched and approved this terminally brain-dead gunrunning idea have not been charged with a crime, all across America, law-abiding citizens must comply with onerous gun restrictions that make them victims. Great. Punish the good guys. That seems to be standard operating procedure in Barack Obama’s and Eric Holder’s America.

More guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens ultimately ensures more dead bad guys - not more guns in the hands of violent dope dealers. I want an attorney general who declares open season on the recidivistic, violent punks who victimize law-abiding Americans.
Americans addicted to common sense have always had a healthy disdain for government bureaucrats addicted to power. Our instinctual distrust for government is further fueled by Mr. Holder’s ATF Operation Fast and Furious. At its core it was stupid, sinister, evil and criminal.

The only thing fast and furious that ought to happen is a full-on murder investigation by the FBI of the government goons who hatched, authorized and now are covering up this brain-dead, criminal scheme, which ended up costing the life of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Fast and Furious stinks. It smells just like Watergate did, only worse.

Ted Nugent is an American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is the author of “Ted, White, and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns & Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).