“Anyone who has thought about it realizes that liberty and equality are antithetical concepts … Equality is biologically impossible, and liberty is only obtainable in homogeneous populations very thinly spread.” – Former NRA Board Member (and ardent insurrectionist) Jeff Cooper
Last week, the National Rifle Association (NRA) launched its “Trigger the Vote” campaign, a superficially non-partisan get-out-the vote effort. The ad campaign features two men who sit on the organization’s Board of Directors: aging hard-rocker Ted Nugent and actor R. Lee Ermey of “Full Metal Jacket” fame; and NRA celebrity spokesman and martial artist/actor Chuck Norris. Both Norris and Nugent have publicly endorsed Republican candidates for the 2012 presidential elections (Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, respectively).
There’s nothing more American than a voter registration campaign. “Trigger the Vote,” however, is marred by the violent and insurrectionist rhetoric its three spokespersons have trumpeted since the election of Democratic President Barack Obama in 2008. The process of voting as a catalyst for peaceful change in public policy is sacrosanct to how our representative democracy operates. Ermey, Nugent and Norris have all made statements contrary to these ideals, however, going so far as to suggest that if ballots don’t work, bullets will. They have also made it clear that their political tent is only open to certain Americans, and that others should stay clear.
Chuck Norris: In a March 2009 op-ed for WorldNetDaily, Norris wrote, “On Glenn Beck’s radio show last week, I quipped in response to our wayward federal government, ‘I may run for president of Texas.’ That need may be a reality sooner than we think. If not me, someone someday may again be running for president of the Lone Star state, if the state of the union continues to turn into the enemy of the state … How much more will Americans take? When will enough be enough? And, when that time comes, will our leaders finally listen or will history need to record a second American Revolution?”
Another “solution” that Norris offered to Fox Host Sean Hannity is to “choke out all the Democrats” in Washington. When Hannity told him, “You have more control than that,” Norris responded, “I don’t, I don’t. That’s the problem. I have a thin skin … And believe me, in the political world I’d be killing half the people.” In a 2008 interview with televangelist Pat Robertson, Norris said, “I would go to Washington, and I would line up every member of Washington. Then I’d have [Republican Congressman and presidential candidate] Ron Paul, who I believe is one of the more honest politicians back there, I’d say, ‘Ron, point out the honest politicians and the dishonest ones.’ And we’d go down the line. He’d say, ‘He’s honest, he’s honest, he’s corrupted.’ I’d walk up to him and I’d say, ‘You’re fired.’ If he didn’t move immediately, I would choke him unconscious and roll him over to the side there.”
Norris has also told Americans to vote only for Christian candidates and promoted the American Family Association, a hate group that blames gays for the Holocaust.
Ted Nugent: Nugent has made so many threatening comments about public officials that it’s impossible to list them all. Here is a sampling:
On August 27, 2011, Nugent used a rock concert in Peoria as a platform to tell his fans to violently overthrow the Illinois state government.
On July 25, 2011, Nugent warned, “Over my dead body will I let this current regime continue in their abuse of power.”
In a July 21, 2011 interview, Nugent said the following about President Obama: “Here is a man raised by avowed communist/socialist, America-hating parents; surrounded by avowed socialist/communist America-hating terrorists like Bill Ayers; attending an America-hating church; being preached to and married by a vicious, America-hating maniac; implementing proven economy- and America-destroying fundamental transformation policies; promising to cause our energy costs to skyrocket; and following the [Richard] Cloward/[Frances] Piven playbook on how to take down America. I’ll tell you what I think of people like the president. I am convinced he is the enemy of America, the enemy of freedom and the enemy of our Constitution.
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