Ted Nugent calling President Obama a subhuman mongrel is racist, bigoted, demented, sick, vile and unworthy of any major political party. With attitudes such as this, Nugent might look for remnants of the American Nazi Party, if they are still around, and sign up.
Nugent's apology today was not enough. He made bigoted comments against the president of the United States and he should personally apologize to the president, which he did not do.
It is noteworthy that most in the GOP have refused to aggressively condemn Nugent's neo-Nazi-like comments about the president. The most dangerous place to be in America is standing between Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump's America: Businessmen in, bureaucrats out When Trump says 'Make America Great Again,' he means it Booker is taking orders from corporate pharmaceuticals MORE (R-Texas) and a television camera, but Cruz on Nugent has been wimpy, vacillating and pathetic.
One would think a Hispanic such as Cruz would show some decency, dignity and spine by calling out the bigotry of Nugent. But not Cruz, who has been incoherent on the subject of condemning Nugent's hateful speech.
On the other hand, I am not in the habit of offering high praise to Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulDems blast Trump plans for deep spending cuts Trump team prepares dramatic cuts Paul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy MORE (R-Ky.). But for the same reasons I occasionally praised former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), I now propose a standing ovation for Rand Paul for standing up against Nugent and calling for him to apologize to Obama.
Rand Paul is right, and all Republicans would do well to follow his example. One can be conservative without being indecent. Paul is the former, Nugent is the latter, and Cruz cannot make up his mind, which is why someday Paul may be a serious candidate for president while Cruz merely speaks for the freak show wing of the lunatic far right.
Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen and Bill Alexander, then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. degree in international financial law from the London School of Economics. Contact him at email@example.com.