We’re close to having no representative form of government in Texas, at least at the state executive level. It has worked like this: The Republicans have control. They rewrote all the voting rules and redrew all the district lines to minimize any effect Democrat types might have.
The leaders of the state Republican Party get together in the back room and decide who will be governor. George W. Bush got to be governor as long as he wanted, and they decided in the back room that when Bush got bored with the job, it would be Rick Perry’s turn. Rick Perry got to be governor as long as he wanted, and they decided in the back room that when Perry got bored with the job, it would be Greg Abbott’s turn. While this was going on, the Democrats would get into the back room and come up with someone without name recognition or the ability to give a rousing speech, and they would run him and then not fund his campaign.
Last year Wendy Davis made a name for herself and decided pretty much on her own to run, or so it seems, back room be damned. I don’t know if she would be a good governor. Her campaign people seem fairly inept so far and are having trouble dealing with the press. It’s also unclear to me how much backing she’s getting from the state Democratic Party. But she’s actually trying and she seems to be operating outside the official boundaries of the establishment, and she’s a woman, and those are all good things.
But Texas is controlled by a Republican Machine, which says Greg Abbott will be governor. I don’t like it much, but I have been trying as much as possible to live my life and keep my thoughts outside the acidic realm of politics.
Then Abbott does something like this, and I have to comment, because what Abbott is doing is head-and-shoulders more offensive than even the usual daily dollop of Texas politics, plus I have to be able to look at myself in the mirror.
Greg Abbott has publicly embraced Ted Nugent as a part of his campaign. Ted Nugent is from Michigan, but he lives in Texas and wears a cowboy hat and makes his money playing rock and roll oldies and acting as poster boy for the NRA. He also has branded himself by being outrageous, and regularly utters racist and misogynistic public statements.
Greg Abbott obviously has calculated that the number of he-man woman-hating gun toters Ted Nugent will bring in to Abbott’s camp will outnumber the offended women, blacks and Hispanics Nugent will drive out of Abbott’s camp. What Abbott has done is a cold, political mathematic calculation. But in taking this action, Abbott is legitimizing Ted Nugent. I think this in itself shows Gregg Abbott is unfit to be governor of any state, let alone Texas.
I base this belief in part upon Nugent’s own offensive words, a very small portion of which appear below:
“I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.” – Ted Nugent
“Meanwhile Al “Not So” Sharpton thinks I’m a racist. Hey Al, suck my dead dog’s cock. You got to be shitting me. And I want to thank this guy right here, because I thought I was going to be the only black guy here tonight. Good to see you brother. Let me see that big ol’ smile. It’s dark but I still see it. God bless you. You feel the love don’t you?” – Ted Nugent
“I celebrate my black heroes every night and then the soulless cocksuckers call me a racist. Fuck you, you fuck, fuck you. Fuck you, fuck you, you piece of shit. You know what the problem is don’t you? You know why they’re angry? You know why they’re fucking angry? Because I’m blacker than they are. I got more fucking soul than they do. They can’t fucking play this shit. They can’t play this shit. They got no soul. They got no fucking soul. Fuck ’em, fuck ’em, fuck ’em.” – Ted Nugent
“Unlike these well-fed motherfucker food stamp cocksuckers, we got to earn what we get. You won’t get no fucking venison with food stamps, you pussies. But you can get crack. How fucked up is that?” – Ted Nugent
“I’d like to play the song that will be the soundtrack to take back America from that lying racist in the White House, from the Attorney General that runs guns to Mexican drug gangs, to those criminal pieces of shit in the IRS, to the jack boot Nazi motherfuckers in the Department of Justice. I’d like to play a song that will take back America from these dirty cocksuckers in the government. There are dirty cocksuckers in the government, that’s what they are, you know that’s what they are. You wouldn’t let a cocksucker in your family would you? You wouldn’t let a cocksucker in your deer camp would you? Now why the fuck do we let them in the government? Let’s take back the fucking country.” – Ted Nugent
“We got a lying criminal motherfucker in the White House, dangerous times. The President is a lying motherfucker, the Vice President is a lying motherfucker, the Attorney General is a lying gun running motherfucker, Hillary Clinton is a lying motherfucker getting Americans killed. Fuck ’em all. Fuck ’em all. Coming up your streets, jack boots stepping high, you got to make a stand. They’re looking in your window, they’re listening to your phone. Keep a fucking gun in your hand, boys.” – Ted Nugent
“I was in Chicago and said, ‘Hey, Obama you might want to suck on one of these you punk.’ Obama, he’s a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun. Let’s hear it for him. And then I was in New York. I said, ‘Hey, Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch. Since I’m in California, how about Barbara Boxer, she might want to suck on my machine gun. And Dianne Feinstein, ride one of these you worthless whore. Any questions?” – Ted Nugent
“You probably can’t use the term `toxic cunt’ in your magazine, but that’s what she is. Her very existence insults the spirit of individualism in this country. This bitch is nothing but a two-bit whore for Fidel Castro.” – Ted Nugent on Hillary Clinton
That’s just a taste of Ted Nugent, in case you were unaware. Now after a little media uproar ensued over his embracing Nugent into his campaign, what did Greg Abbott have to say?
“I don’t know what he may have said or done in his background. What I do know is that Ted Nugent stands for the Constitution.” – Greg Abbott.
But here’s the thing. Abbott went the Nugent route as the result of cold calculation. He knows exactly what Nugent is, and he knows exactly what Nugent has said and done. So Gregg Abbott not only owns everything Ted Nugent has said and done and will continue to say and do, Gregg Abbott also has lied about it.
And the saddest part of this story is that the guy is highly likely to become my next governor anyway.