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Liberals have Won, But Don’t Tell Ted Nugent

Photo: Pete Souza

Photo: Pete Souza

Mr. Nugent, who is also a National Rifle Association board member, will be a guest of Representative Steve Stockman, a Texas Republican who recently made headlines by threatening to file articles of impeachment against Mr. Obama if the president issued executive orders that strengthened gun control laws. [...] “I will go in at least 20 pounds lighter than I normally walk,” he said. “I will be going in sans the hardware store on my belt. I live a well-armed life, and I’ve got to demilitarize before I go.” – Ted Nugent Will Attend State of the Union Address

THE 2012 election was really the final signal. That right-wingers missed it will be in full evidence tonight during President Obama’s State of the Union Address.

Nothing concentrates the mind like the thought of the bottom falling out of your life. When you’re young and have serious debt and are looking at a job market that no longer offers security and a pension, the realities of the cruel world make your personal politics shift to protecting yourself against a worst case scenario.

It is no secret that young voters tilt left on social issues like immigration and gay rights. But these students, and dozens of other young people interviewed here last week, give voice to a trend that is surprising pollsters and jangling the nerves of Republicans. On a central philosophical question of the day – the size and scope of the federal government – a clear majority of young people embraces President Obama’s notion that it can be a constructive force, a point he intends to make in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. Young, Liberal and Open to Big Government

My beefs with Obama and Democrats before the 2012 election was that their loyalty to what made the Democratic party what it is today was way too fickle. But as I wrote on Sunday, what keeps me moored on the Democratic side is the very policies that young people are today realizing that can make a real difference in their lives, which Republicans want to end.

The argument about government’s purpose in our lives is over and liberals have won. Grover Norquist has lost and the Republican notion of drowning government in the bathtub is not only obsolete, today it sounds positively archaic. The reaction to current life realities, which manifested in the voting coalition of 2012, has awakened elite and establishment Democrats to what people like me were wailing about in Obama’s first term.

“My analysis has been for a while that it’s going to come down to not whether the government should address certain problems, but how,” said Ruy Teixeira, a senior fellow at the left-leaning Center for American Progress in Washington. “We’ll shift from, ‘Does government even have a role?’ to ‘Given that government needs to play a role, what’s the best way of doing that?’ ” He added: “I expect those to be the arguments 10 or 15 years from now. That would be a big shift, but I think it’s coming.” – Young, Liberal and Open to Big Government

Into this reality trips Tea Party extremist Senator Rand Paul, who intends to unload wholly retro rhetoric that will represent a bygone era. Paul will be rebutting Senator Marco Rubio, whom I’ve never thought was all that, which his questioning recently in the Senate hearings proved conclusively. Paul’s teeny tiny minority outreach, coupled with Rubio’s forced campaign speaking slot opposite Obama, will provide great hilarity, of the alternative universe variety.

Neither of these men will be able to come close to what President Obama’s State of the Union Address tonight will deliver, because the Republican party is lost in the wilderness of their own outdated philosophy that doesn’t offer the policies that fit the shifting times of today. Whatever President Obama’s Second Inaugural Address offered, his State of the Union will surely capitalize on and emphasize.

We will see a confident and totally unencumbered President Obama tonight, because all he’s got left to do is accomplish things for the American people, while his adversaries are looking only to put up political obstacles to make sure he can’t. This will become very obvious very quickly, with the perpetual politicking and taking prisoners something the American people are certainly weary of seeing and won’t work for Republicans at all.

After a very tough first term, the wind’s at Obama’s back, whether his detractors want to accept this or not.

Ted Nugent is simply an extension of the Rand Paul extremist wing of the GOP and the recreation of the circus we saw in the Republican primary during the 2012 election cycle, which rendered their presidential candidate, as well as his vice presidential choice Paul Ryan, unelectable.

Republicans have become the gift that keeps on giving to President Obama.

Under-30 voters are “the only age group in which a majority said the government should do more to fix problems,” the nonpartisan Pew Research Center reported in November. In a Pew survey a year earlier, more than 8 in 10 said they believed that Social Security and Medicare had been good for the country, and they were especially supportive of seeing the programs overhauled so they would be intact when they retire. (Young people were also more open than their elders to privatizing the programs.) And while Washington fights about how to cut the federal deficit, young voters believe that it is more important to create jobs, have affordable access to health care and develop “a world-class education system,” according to the Institute of Politics at Harvard. [New York Times]

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15 Responses to Liberals have Won, But Don’t Tell Ted Nugent

  1. fangio February 12, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    The speech may be good, or not. But nothing much will come of it because Obama is weak. He’ll huff and he’ll puff but he won’t blow your house down. People like Graham, Paul, Inhofe and Ted Nugent are ringwraiths left over from the Bush years, a cancer that has been allowed to invade the body of the country. A strong dose of chemotherapy is needed to burn it out but Obama isn’t it. These vermin step all over him, insult him, threaten him, belittle him and you hear nary a whimper. Would they have dared to treat Dubya in such a way. They need to be slapped down hard but they need not worry; they have nothing to fear but fear itself. I don’t know why we need a State of The Union anyway. We know what the State of The Union is, it sucks.

    • Jane Austen February 12, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      fangio – you may be right about Obama being weak and doing nothing but on the other hand the guy could come out swinging. After all, what does he have to lose? I happen to agree that the likes of Graham, Paul, Inhofe and Nugent and their ilk are part of a group that has become cancerous and their philosophy/politics have invaded the body politic. It needs a massive dose of chemo and then some to rid this country of the poison.

  2. Art Pronin February 12, 2013 at 1:05 am #

    Yep. The GOP is burying itself a grave. They keep blocking every little damn thing as the scales have alreayd tipped agianst them 2014 and 2016 will be blowouts. Realignment coalition is near for the dems with latinos as part of that. 2012 was the preview.

    • Taylor Marsh February 12, 2013 at 10:29 am #

      Dems are up against it in 2014, because of redistricting, which was caused when 2010 was handed to Republicans, because Dems couldn’t come up with a cogent economic message. They’ll be paying for it for a while unless a frickin’ miracle occurs.

      • Jane Austen February 12, 2013 at 10:34 am #

        I believe in miracles and who knows anything could come down the pike with the GOP. That they keep shooting themselves in both feet over and over again is an indication of how ignorant they are and eventually I gotta believe that the people even in those areas that were redistricted will see the light. I think I’m kind of counting on GOP women to be the first to see that light. Am I being overly optimistic?

        • Taylor Marsh February 12, 2013 at 10:37 am #

          Yes, you are being overly optimistic, at least about the House in 2014.

          That doesn’t mean Dems can’t pick up seats and keep workin’ on taking back the House. But they blew it HUGE by handing the Tea Partiers 2010.

  3. angels81 February 12, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    As a Vietnam Vet I find what this congressman is doing by inviting Nugent to the state of the union a disgrace to all us Vets who have served this country in time of war. To invite a coward who dodged the draft by defrauding the nation into thinking he was unfit to serve by walking around with shit in his pants and not bathing is a slap in the face to all that have served. This congressman should be ashamed for this stunt. If he wanted to make a point he good have invited someone who is now serving this country, and is a true Patriot instead of a phony Patriot and a yellow bellied coward.

    • Taylor Marsh February 12, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      BRAVA.

      Oh, and a little truth about Ted Nugent.

      • T-Steel February 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

        Glad you posted that lil’ nugget about Ted Nugent. He’s been a stone loser for a long time. “Nuff said…

    • secularhumanizinevoluter February 12, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      As a Brother Viet Vet with a biological brother who has passed who was also a Viet Vet I couldn’t possibly agree more Angels.
      This piece of human garbage has BRAGGED on camera about raping under age girls while on his “rock star” tours…something confirmed by Courtney Love who was one of those groupies. He is a a coward who dodged the draft by walking around with shit in his pants and not bathing and I believe he also claimed to be gay. This piece of human excrement has threatened the life of the President.
      And THIS is the face the repugnantklan/teabagger/UBERChristofascists and NRA want fronting for them?
      ANY member of Congress who is also a Vet who doesn’t raise hell over this insult doesn’t deserve to EVER get another Vets vote.
      And why the hell isn’t the FBI and other legal agencies looking into this scum buckets admitted sexual abuse of minors?!!!!!

  4. PeggySue February 12, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    We have decades of failed Republican policy to draw from and yet the GOP keeps chanting the same bankrupt memes as if saying a thing often enough makes it true. The perfect example is November election results, the utter shock of being soundly trounced when all the elements for a Dem win fell into place, largely created by the GOP’s demented philosophy.

    Will it change anytime soon? Not likely. I listened to Rick Santorum the other day. He’s seriously considering another run in 2016. The circus of fools and misfits is celebrated. Nullification is regarded as a perfectly reasonable stance and yes, a Rand Paul will twist himself into a pretzel justifying his response to the SOTU. We’ve had Bobby Jindal do the two-step and wild-eyed Bachmann take her swing at the plate. It wasn’t pretty.

    They’re just digging the hole deeper and deeper. I say stand back and let ‘em. What they aren’t doing on their own, the demographics will finish.

    • Taylor Marsh February 12, 2013 at 10:27 am #

      I say stand back and let ‘em.

      Oh, amen, sister.

    • secularhumanizinevoluter February 12, 2013 at 11:26 am #

      Indeed…I am in fact very grateful the repugnantklan/teabaggers have arrived at the conclusion they just weren’t crazy, misogynistic, homophobic and racist ENOUGH and must there fore double down on the crazy!!! GAWD(even though yer not out there) bless their lil pointy heads!

  5. Cujo359 February 12, 2013 at 4:37 pm #

    Liberals won? I must have missed that. Yes, we’ve won the economic argument. We won the arguments about human rights, too, on at least some levels.

    The trouble is, that wasn’t the argument that counted, and on that score liberals have lost. We lost the political argument, because there are very few liberals left in elected positions in DC. What the Democratic Party has become is what the Republican Party used to be, the home of the people who want to take your money and give it to the rich. They’re the ones selling congressional committee seats to the highest bidder, which in turn is money those Democratic congresspeople get from the lobbyists who represent those who are getting our money.

    None of those people would be there if we didn’t vote for them.

    Don’t tell me liberals have won. We haven’t won jack in a long, long time. We’re losing, and we’ll keep on losing, as long as we vote those corrupt, feckless bastards back into office.

    Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never has, and it never will. That’s as true now as it was when Frederick Douglass uttered those words a century and a half ago. Until liberals start demanding, there will be no change for the better. Laugh about repulsive clowns like Ted Nugent all you want, because they’re laughing all the way to the bank, and no one’s getting in their way.

    • jinbaltimore February 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

      This.

      Or put another way: We won!
      But who are we?

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