One of the more left examples of the MSM (England's The Independent), interviews Ted Nugent.
From the interview: Ted Nugent: Off his rocker?
We sit down to coffee, eggs and grits. Ted is 6ft 3in; to get a sense of his general demeanour you could do worse than imagine the body of John Wayne possessed by the spirit of Ian Paisley in one of his less conciliatory moods. He launches into a fevered monologue about how much safer Britain would be with more guns on its streets.
“Never has there been such an upsurge in crime since they confiscated all your weapons. Why don't you arm yourselves? You Limeys have a zipper that's locked in the closed position, because you don't have a constitution. You're rewarded for shutting the fuck up.”
British police who don't want to carry firearms are, Nugent says, “out of their minds. I say if somebody robs you, shoot 'em. I'd like all thieves killed. And all rapists. And carjackers. No more graffiti. No more…” - this next phrase is a Spoonerism, rather than some Texan term for gross indecency - “snatch-pursing.”
“For an unarmed force,” I suggest, “the British police have shot quite a few people. Did you hear about Jean Charles de Menezes?”
“That was horrible. An American cop would have just beat the shit out of him.”
One last one:
He speaks about Muslims in a way which, were he to repeat it on globally networked television, might endanger his life. Nugent is aiming to run as Governor of Michigan in 2010.
“If Yusuf Islam is a threat to world peace,” I tell him, in response to his anti-Islamic rant, “I'll run your campaign myself, wearing cactus shorts.”
“Only the guilty need feel guilty,” he replies. “These jihadists want to kill us and Cat Stevens. The message to send to a coyote is: the next time I see you, I'll shoot you.”
He went to Fallujah in May 2004, as part of a tour with the USO (the same organisation that sent Bob Hope to entertain on the front line).
“And I visited Saddam Hussein's master war room. It was a glorious moment. It looked like something out of Star Wars. I saw his gold toilet. I shit in his bidet.”
I would love to have a couple beers with him. Yes, he is over the top but it is in that grand sense that Americans pull off so well. He and Teddy Roosevelt would have been close friends.
Read Theodore Dalrymple's essays to get a better understanding of the current crime situation in England.
Jean Charles de Menezes was, of course, the poor sod who happened to be riding the London Subway a day after a failed bombing attempt. He was carrying a backpack and was asked to stop. He ran - maybe it was because he was living in England illegally. Anyway, he was shot and killed by the Subway police.Posted by DaveH at May 30, 2006 09:40 PM | TrackBack