Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Gettysburg Address ... And Ted Nugent

On Friday, two Yankees and two Southerners sat down at a table at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to talk about the Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. You can watch the bunfest below. You'll recognise the usual suspects pontificating.

Interesting, that from all of that, Mike Barnicle, plagiarist, is able to make a direct comparison between Abraham Lincoln and George Herbert Walker Bush, when the most obvious present-day analogy to Lincoln is with our current President.

As Doris Kearns Goodwin states that Lincoln's Gettysburg Address channeled encouragement of the people and the nation, North and South, to move forward from this catastrophic event, this Civil War, to move forward as a nation, it reminded me of the numerous times our President has called for the nation to do that. After all, it was Barack Obama, who reminded us that we are not red states or blue states, but the United States.

Meanwhile, back in Deliveranceland, Ted Nugent - a Yankee from Mitt Romney's home state of Michigan and the extreme Rightwing's pop posterboy, whose endorsement Willard actually sought - produces this prize piece of tripe in the Moonie rag The Washington Times.  In full rant about the Supreme Court upholding the legality of the Affordable Care Act, Nugent let this little nugget slip:-

Because our legislative, judicial and executive branches of government hold the 10th Amendment in contempt, I’m beginning to wonder if it would have been best had the South won the Civil War. Our Founding Fathers’ concept of limited government is dead.

Uh-huh. Yes. You read it correctly. Ol'Ted spoke the unspeakable. You couldn't get further North in our great land than Michigan, and it's other favourite Rightwing nutjob son vocalises the thought that rages in the hearts and minds of many Republicans.

And, really, what Ted said is actually a dream to which most Republicans, and many of their Libertarian types, aspire.

Meanwhile, Willard had no comment on that remark. Can that be construed as tacit consent?

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