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  •  I'm not cheering anything, (0+ / 0-)


    The law probably will support the commander's ability to do so.
    Thank you.

    I think Nugent is a dick, but I've thought that for a long time based on more than just the crap he spouted the other day. As for whether or not he--or Al Franken--should be allowed to play on the base, well, I'm undecided. His speech went well beyond disagreement, which I am fine with, and veered close enough to an incitement of violence or an outright threat to attract the attention of the Secret Service. If Franken had been telling Bush to suck on his machine gun, or exhorting fans to cut of some heads, I'd feel the same as I do about Nugent. I certainly disagree with posters who think Ted should be in jail for his speech. There is the underage girl thing, but that's a different matter...

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 09:12:20 AM PDT

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    •  I HATE Ted Nugent (0+ / 0-)

      But it's the speech that's hated that needs the protecting.

      At least, progressives USED to think so.

      •  Ted is free (0+ / 0-)

        to disagree, as he should be. He should be able to spout his toxic shit to all who are willing to listen.

        My concern comes down to the near incitement to violence, and even then only because the venue--a military base--may imply to some people that the military, well known for a conservative outlook, may endorse, however indirectly or unofficially, the view that violence may be an appropriate response to political disagreement.

        Yes, it's ridiculous. I know it, and you know it. But there are plenty of people out there who think that way, and who will see it that way.

        If we were talking about banning Ted from some municipal music festival, I would say hell no, let the asshole play. Let him run his mouth all he wants.

        As I said, I'm undecided, but I'm leaning toward not allowing someone who incites violence toward any political figure, especially the CiC, to entertain on a military base. It's the nature of his speech combined with the venue and the implications of that.

        "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

        by happy camper on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 10:22:50 AM PDT

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