I want to make an unequivocal statement that the kind of Neo-Ku Klux Klan views expressed by Ted Nugent recently about the president of the United States and senior tribal members at Coeur d’Alene are unacceptable and intolerable. Period.

They are unacceptable to me as a private person, though his views are his own and none of my business. But Nugent crosses a bright line when he airs his views in public while representing an organization I belong to and agree with on many issues.

Most opinion leaders, business leaders and many government leaders in South Dakota are members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and are compassionately and passionately conservative. They are not Knights of the KKK. They are not neo-fascists. They are not racists. Nugent appears to be all of the above.

It is unacceptable that NRA leadership, including our leaders in South Dakota, have not repudiated racist remarks by Ted Nugent, a former rock star and now a member of the NRA governing board. Nugent can say whatever he wants, whenever he wants, but not as a representative of my organization.

It’s not OK to call the president of the United States a “subhuman mongrel.” It’s not OK to compound that outrageous remark by characterizing tribal officials who are canceling his concerts as “unclean vermin.”

What’s really not OK is the failure of NRA leaders to unequivocally and immediately suspend Nugent from further representation of the NRA and our members. Instead our leaders, from Oliver North down the line, have equivocated, dodged, danced and tiptoed around an issue from which there is no escape. Nugent must go, for the sake of the integrity of our organization and our own credibility as members of a powerful and nation-wide lobby engaged in guaranteeing the rights and responsibilities of free Americans.

If Nugent wants to go off the rails, it’s a free country. Have at it.

If our leaders and members let him go off the rails without sharp decisive action to take him out of his public role on our behalf, we’re as bad as he is. We deserve the retribution that comes to those who fail to confront hate.

It’s outrageous that Nugent has called those who oppose him Nazis and propagandists. Guys like Nugent don’t need sophisticated enemies; they are their own judges, juries, and executioners. His judgment is spewed from his own lips. All that’s left to do is exercise the righteous judgment of the rest of the NRA to sweep the leadership ranks of Nugent and anyone else who either backs him or avoids their responsibility to confront him.

Nothing Nugent said in any way supported the Second Amendment right to bear arms. He is using us to his own ends.

No wonder conservatives are struggling to lead in this country. At the very time we need authentic, humane, passionate conservatives and patriots the most, the best we can come up with are people like Nugent?

Get real, NRA. Nugent has to go.

Frank Carroll's website is www.blackhillsforestpros.com. Write to him at frankcarrollpfm@gmail.com. The opinions expressed by this freelance columnist are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Rapid City Journal.

(34) comments

ArchieJ

And what frank is really saying is, I’ll vote Republican because of MSNBC and because of the FACT that President Obama was democratically elected twice, so I’ll make up a barrage of fake scandals like voter fraud, IRS, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, FEMA camps to dumb down and inject fear into the GOP base so they don’t see how destructive the GOP policies are.

ArchieJ

dangerous - said-- "Skunk, if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan."

What danger is really saying is I’ll vote Republican because I believe a President who gives Americans healthcare is a “terrorist dictator” but a tax-evading rancher in Nevada who uses women as human shields and a draft dodging burned out rocker are patriots..

Frank Smith
Frank Smith

Ted is needed if for no other reason than he drives liberals absolutely insane. They literally can't think straight or make cogent arguments when the topic is Terrible Ted. I admit some of what he says is over the line, as is much of what spews forth from liberal media like MSNBC. No one here has ever heard me say that MSNBC "has got to go". Liberals love to squelch free speech when it goes against their highly suspect belief systems. And they give a complete pass to the loons on their side of the aisle, unsurprisingly. I will go to my death bed stating that no entity on this planet is as intolerant or uncircumspect as your modern day liberal.

Celtgunn
Celtgunn

Like Sharpton... But you won't hear me say he's "Got to go". They allow him to spout his tripe. smdh *sigh* Sad really isn't it? Ted has his right, just like everyone else, this Carroll fellow also has his right. It's America. =)

sagebrushwy

I think I know where Nugent is coming from, just a theory though. He has put up with liberal manure his whole life and finally got sick of listening to their long line of it. Sort of like me. AIso, I was going to post one of my dreams how I turned into a liberal ending up at a weed smoking party where nobody inhaled, but I won't. hehehehe

deadskunk

Had a horrible dream. I dreamt I had been turned into a conservative. I was wearing a t-shirt that said "Joe Bob", and there was a big poster of dubya smiling on the wall. I had just passed out in a huge bowl of chili, and was surrounded by beer cans. The TV was broadcasting some goofy wrestling program, and all over the house music was blaring with some guy screeching about "cat scratch fever".

Man, no more jalapenos.

dangerous

Yeah, you much prefer the sound of some one lying to you for two years.

"Skunk, if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan."

ResearchIt

Good sound bite, Danger. But, I kept mine. Don't know anyone who didn't.

dangerous

You don't know any one who lost their health plan. That's not surprising, I can't imagine anybody wanting to know you. It was only around million people. But don't let the facts cloud your delusions.

dangerous

Sorry, the figure was 7 million.

dangerous

Your dream also must have included getting yourself educated, working hard, keeping your nose clean, not spitting out a bunch of children you couldn't afford, and most important, your dream didn't have you dependent on the government for your every need.

Congratulations on your conservatism.

sagebrushwy

What really cracks me up is how liberals are always wanting someone to go except their own for doing similar things. These self righteous wanna be smarter than anyone types are full of that stuff that comes out the back of an Angus bull...lol

Shorty
Shorty

sage, any chance you can support that statement with facts? I'll be waiting.

Posey
Posey

Told yourself a hilarious joke, huh?

sagebrushwy

fret, it's not what he said that is in dispute. It's whether he meant it specifically in a racist manner to the ultra sensitive crowd. Remind me again how smart you are.

Posey
Posey

"you know the reports are false" is what I responded to..and my point was proven.

oldsarge

Finally, someone on the right that can call out this anti-American thing called Nugent. Too bad, there are commenters out there that believe Frank has no right to his opinion. If they had a backbone, they, too, could write their own op-ed... Thanks, Frank !!

Farwalker
Farwalker

Nugent has a right to his opinion too and it is politically incorrect in some peoples minds.
They don't like the truth.

Celtgunn
Celtgunn

oldsarge, I feel that both Carroll and Nugent have their rights to speak, regardless of my liking one side or the other.

Neither one has the right to force the other to shut up or forcing them out of some organization "Has Got to Go" type stuff. smh That ain't right. Regardless of how one may feel about another persons viewpoints on something, you, nor I have the right to press our feelings and viewpoints on them. It is America.

Sadly in today's America that is one thing that is wrong with America. Far too many on one side or the other has been trying to do that. Political Correctness is one thing I absolutely detest. Simply because it has been taken too far. If people were taught "Manners" we wouldn't have the issues we have today. *shrugs*

~Bright Blessings All

Farwalker
Farwalker

The writer lost me when he called Nugent a neo KKK.
Carroll forges the the KKK was and is a creation of dhimmikkkrats

Shorty
Shorty

Farwalker, you were lost long before you turned your computer on.

Frank Smith
Frank Smith

How do we even talk about the KKK without talking about democrats - the founders of said organization?

PaulParker

CARROLL has got to go
Frank, you're either buying into the current media spin on Nugent, which makes you gullible, or you know the reports are false, and you're gleefully joining the fray. I think it’s the latter. The internet lies that you’ve chosen to copy and paste are doing a grave disservice to your readers. Let me guess. You ran for a seat on the NRA Board, didn’t get enough votes, and now you have an axe to grind. Shame on you.

Posey
Posey

Please tell us about the " media spin" and false reports......Has Neugent denied saying anything reported?
You make the accusation, can you support it with facts?

Shorty
Shorty

fret, you don't really think facts have anything to do with it do you?

Posey
Posey

No sir, not with these guys, but it seems most folks would tire of showing how clueless they are...I suppose being incapable of embarrassment is a requirement to wear the T brand.

Normality

Admittedly, I have referred to those who conspire to subvert those constitutionally guarded rights far harsher words than “unclean vermin” or “sub-human mongrels”. In my mind, if their goal is to subjugate the people by removal of their inalienable rights, they are all packaged in the same body regardless of what shade God might have given their skin.
In the same respect, having been a member of the NRA for nearly 50 years, I likewise find it troublesome to have Nugent viewed as a spokesman for an organization whose primary goal it is to protect those inalienable rights secured to a free people. I liken his presence in the leadership of the NRA to a wild mustang in with a herd of Thoroughbreds. In similarities, they are all horses, but one is not like the others.

Shorty
Shorty

Maybe the NRA agrees with the stuff that comes out of Nugents mouth. I know a few "conservatives" that do.

Dakota605

A few conservatives might be it. Certainly not the majority. I'll back Nugent's First Amendment right, but at the same time I'll back James Swan's First Amendment right (the Full Throttle protest). I don't have to agree with the message in order to alnowledge a persons right to say it. But I will say I don't agree with Nugent's message. At the same time, there's a lot I don't agree with that I find on Swan's postings. Activists from both sides. Common sense is lost when you veer too far in any particular direction.

Dakota605

Can't say I disagree with this writer at all. Great op-ed.

Black Hawk
Black Hawk

Ted only serves to cheapen the reputation of the NRA and that's no easy thing to do.

I admit I don’t think much of Ted.

He dodged the draft, (that alone I thought would turn some of the more conservative posters against him), and evidently has a real thing for underage women, (again, normally not a real crowd-pleaser for an otherwise conservative church-going bunch).

He also seems to think that hunting rules don’t apply to him, in a couple of different states. Most hunters I’m familiar with know the game laws and obey them, rather than film themselves breaking them then displaying the results on national TV, then being surprised when he’s charged. What would you expect? At times he seems to make the fictional Tony Stark from the Avengers seem mild and shy by comparison.

So, does he have the right to make a public spectacle of himself? Well, I would suppose so. He does continue to “sing for his supper”, and I’m ok with that. Do I agree with his rants and raves? Not so much, though I suppose that he, Lance Armstrong, and perhaps Mel Gibson can all become drinking buddies together. I think I’ll move on to the next bar if I find them, nuff said.

Kevin Cronin
Kevin Cronin

Whatever Mel has said, I love his movies. I try not to dig into the history of entertainers because there is something every single person has said on this planet that would make me not want to associate with them. So sometimes ignorance is bliss.

manfred

wow. well said.

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