#5: Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent is a lunatic, plain and simple.
This is not an insult, or even speculation. It's a fact. If you find this difficult to believe, just have a look at some of his greatest hits.
In 2004, Nugent said of the war in Iraq that "Our failure has been not to Nagasaki then."
That alone speaks volumes of Nugent's character, but he lands even further up the list with blatant hypocrisy.
In May of 2007, Nugent took issue with the band Rage Against the Machine after their lead singer, Zach de la Rocha, said of the Bush administration that they "should be hung and tried and shot."
On the Hannity & Colmes program, Nugent said the following:
"We've disagreed with a lot of administrations in the past, but none of our rhetoric included threatening lives. These guys are over the top, but they're the lunatic fringe that even your average democrat and liberal doesn't agree with. But unfortunately, nobody is silencing these guys — or not necessarily silencing, but condemning this outrageous violence that they're recommending."
Three months later at a concert, Nugent told his fans that "Obama's a piece of [expletive], and I told him to suck on my machine gun."
He also made a habit, during his performances, of referring to then Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm and shooting arrows at her likeness.
More recently, in a stump speech at the 2012 NRA Convention in St. Louis, Nugent said, "If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year."
He also compared the Obama administration to coyotes who needed to be shot, and encouraged voters to "chop their heads off in November."
Nugent was visited by the Secret Service for these remarks.
Following the election, Nugent said the following via Twitter:
"Pimps whores & welfare brats & their soulless supporters hav a president to destroy America"
"What subhuman varmint believes others must pay for their obesity booze cellphones birthcontrol abortions & lives"
"Goodluk America u just voted for economic & spiritual suicide. Soulless fools"
Nugent has provided an endless array of quotes and sound bytes in which he depicts himself as nothing more than a gun-toting manchild who is incapable of responding to anything in any way other than to throw a temper tantrum of violent rhetoric -- the very last kind of person that should have ever been called up to condemn anyone for violent rhetoric in turn.
I would like to conclude this entry with a personal favorite:
Following Nugent's brush with the Secret Service, Nugent sat down for an interview with Jeff Glor on "CBS Morning News." When Glor suggested that, for Mitt Romney to win, he would need the support of moderates, Nugent responded with the following:
"I'm an extremely loving, passionate man, and people who investigate me honestly, without the baggage of political correctness, ascertain the conclusion that I'm a damned nice guy. . . And if you can find a screening process more powerful than that, I'll [expletive]. Or [expletive]. How's that sound?"
Cursing out the producers right after referring to himself as a "damned nice guy" is sending mixed signals, to put it lightly.
Nugent has proven, time and time again, that he does not belong anywhere except in a straightjacket.
Which must beg the question: Why is he only #5?
The simple explanation is that, while Nugent doesn't know how to respond to anything except to get mad and throw out violent rhetoric, he has at least indicated that the objects of his rage are liberals and progressives who actually exist.
Which is a lot more than can be said of the top four most wanted celebrity know-nothings.