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Ted Nugent to Campaign For Raese, Get Your Kevlar

(from The Toad on Flickr)

Joe Manchin continues to climb up in the polls, and Republicans are getting nervous.  The panic was evident when they bussed Sen. John McCain all the way to Charles Town earlier this week to stump for John Raese.  The heat is now on and new polls show Manchin strengthening his lead.  Michael Steele and Mitch McConnell were confident they could seat a GOP in West Virginia with Raese just a few weeks ago, but things are now beginning to look grim and the smiles are beginning to fade from the WV GOP as they begin to pull out the big guns… literally.

The “Motor City Madman” will be making an appearance in the Mountain State in support of John Raese.  You may know him better as Ted Nugent.  Yes the crazy gun-toting, less-government proclaimin’, NRA till death Rock nut job is making his political views known yet again.  . . .

Nugent is no stranger to controversy, and there will no doubt be some suggestive words that come out of his mouth in Charleston during his Raese extravaganza upcoming.  It works well for Raese because Nugent’s political views are as bat-shit crazy as his.  Where Raese wants to abolish the Department of Energy and Education, Nugent calls social security a “ponzi-scheme.”  Raese wants a thousand space lasers and Nugent is the special guest at rally’s hosted by Massey CEO Don Blankenship.  Indeed, Raese and Nugent are a match made in heaven (or somewhere else rather) politically speaking.  (its important to note Nugent’s utter disdain for Manchin and love of the NRA.  Manchin is officially endorsed by the NRA, Oh the paradox!)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Rock guitarist and often-controversial gun rights advocate Ted Nugent is planning to come to Charleston on Saturday to support John Raese in his campaign for Senate against Gov. Joe Manchin.

Kevin McLaughlin, spokesman for the Raese for Senate Committee, said late Monday afternoon that he did not yet have any details about Nugent’s planned appearance.

“Like many West Virginians, John Raese is a great admirer of Ted Nugent. The two share a passion for individual gun rights and hunting and they both want to end the ‘stranglehold’ Barack Obama and Joe Manchin have on our personal freedoms,” McLaughlin told the Gazette.

(Source: Charleston Gazette)

Apparently not that many West Virginians considering Raese’s polling has sucked in recent days.  The sad and scary part about this whole situation is that Nugent’s star power may in fact boost Raese up in the polls.  This is bothersome to me, and should be for anyone reading this.  A radical gun rock god turned political activist like Nugent possesses views which are detrimental not only to West Virginia, but to the country as a whole.  His lack of care for social security is frightening enough, considering how many people are supported by their social security checks and rely on them heavily.

The next day, the “Houston Chronicle” reported: “Rocking the house as the night’s final act was singer Ted Nugent … [who] appeared onstage wearing a cut-off T-shirt emblazoned with the … Confederate flag and shouting some unflattering remarks about non-English speakers, according to people who were in attendance. His props were machine guns.”

Idiotic views such as this may sit well with some people, but to rational thinking Americans such as myself its downright disgusting.

We are a country based on immigration.  Thats why the United States was dubbed “the Great American Melting Pot.”  Non-English speakers are every bit as important as English speaking ones.  This ridiculous notion that you have to speak English in this country is just one characteristic of Ted Nugent’s viewpoints, which can be summed up in one word: asinine.

Those attending the rally, whether in support or protest, will no doubt be packing some firearms.  This could turn into more of a gun rally and less of a political rally if each high profile figures’ reputation precedes them.

Lets hope West Virginian voters have enough sense to vote in the guy who isn’t endorsed by a madman wielding machine guns and a Gibson Byrdland.

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Chuckie Corra

Chuckie Corra

I am a young, moderately liberal/progressive Democrat currently residing in the state of West Virginia. I attend Shepherd University, work closely with YDA, and have been active on FDL for about 6 months. I worked with the Elewana Education Project in Kenya to promote technology growth in secondary school students. My focus, then, tends to be on issues effecting WV, environmental issues (specifically coal issues), and growing African democracies specifically Kenya. I'm pretty open-minded