Character is the aggregate of traits that form the individual nature of a person that includes their morals, honesty, reputation, integrity and ethical quality. When a person is secretive and dishonest, it may be necessary to judge their character by their associates and past statements to discern their true nature. The presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Willard Romney, portrays himself as a man of high moral character and a regular American even though his wealthy elitism and proclivity as a pathological liar tell a different story. Putting Willard’s penchant for lying and hoarding wealth aside, his association with washed-up rocker Ted Nugent informs his low moral character for pandering to the lowest element of American society.
Romney’s identity crisis has motivated him to gravitate from religious sycophant and wealthy elitist to what he thinks Americans consider normal to garner support from the hard-right whose concept of a good American is defined by the number and bibles and firearms they own. Aligning himself with un-American Ted Nugent was a calculated move to engender support from racists and subset of Republicans whose sheer hatred of America’s first African American President has resulted in fallacious accusations and lies that define Willard Romney’s low morals and highlight his acute character flaws. Willard may not overtly use hateful, inflammatory and violent rhetoric on the campaign trail, but he is exploiting pathetic anti-American sentiment to garner support for his presidential bid.
Romney did not address Nugent’s violence-tinged comments at the National Rifle Association convention last weekend, but his campaign’s vague and non-committal response about civility and divisive language were tacit approval of Nugent’s rant. Romney’s spokeswoman, Andrea Saul said, “Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from. Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil.” However, Romney knew Nugent’s history of rants against Democrats nearly always include references to using guns as a solution and he did not condemn Nugent’s remarks. Whether or not Willard agrees with Nugent’s un-American and anti-democratic method of political activism, he certainly knew it was imminent when he solicited Ted Nugent’s endorsement and capitulated to his demands in order to garner support from the racist gun crowd.
Ted Nugent’s one-hit-wonder rock career pales next to his vile gun-inspired rants toward liberals in general and particularly Democratic leaders. Romney certainly knew that Nugent is notorious for saying that Senator Barack Obama “suck on” his “machine gun,” while pleading with “worthless bitch” and then-Senator Hillary Clinton to “ride” his machine gun” along with “worthless whore” Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Nugent’s comments at the NRA convention were typical for a psychopath with a predilection for promoting gun violence, and he said President Obama was vile, evil, and that his administration was “wiping their asses with the Constitution.” The world’s most famous and insane gun nut also said the members of the Supreme Court “don’t believe in the Constitution” and voters should “ride into that battlefield and chop [Democrat’s] heads off in November” and that “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail this time next year.” The implication is that Nugent will either kill the President or perish in a hail of gunfire and the threat was real enough to win attention from the Secret Service.
Romney was not a darling of the Second Amendment crowd for signing a ban on assault weapons while he was governor of Massachusetts, but Nugent excused Romney’s actions that “offended and repulsed” him because “he was in Massachusetts, he wasn’t in America.” Nugent told Romney he would support him if he promised to “pledge there would be no new gun laws or restrictions on Second Amendment rights in his administration.” Nugent is part of a psychotic movement that thinks “Supreme Court justices don’t believe in the Constitution and are determined that Americans don’t have the right to keep and bear arms, or that Americans have a fundamental right to self-defense.” Nugent’s assertions are insane, but they are stock and trade of the NRA and wild-west gun advocates that Romney is pandering to for support and it is what defines Willard Romney’s character.
Any self-respecting person knows Ted Nugent is not representative of decent Americans, and his un-American 2nd Amendment remedies are well-known around the country. However, for Willard Romney to pursue the endorsement of a gun-crazed maniac informs the he is a sleazy sycophant who will associate with the worst of America to win the nomination and the presidency. Romney spoke at an NRA event and said, “We need a president who will stand up for the rights of hunters, sportsmen, and those seeking to protect their homes and their families. President Obama has not; I will,” but because he was lying, Romney did not enumerate one instance of the President’s opposition to the 2nd Amendment; because there are none.
Romney’s shameless pandering and association with Nugent should signal to Americans that he does not have the moral conviction or ethics to be president. The fact that he did not condemn Nugent’s violent comments means he is either a coward or agrees with every word the washed-up rocker made and regardless of where he really stands on guns or any other issue, his transience and pandering to extremists defines his low character and lack of fortitude to stick to his core beliefs. But that is Willard’s problem. His only core belief is that wealth supersedes character, and if pandering to the worst of America increases wealth, then character is insignificant. Willard Romney is without character and as his reputation as a man who lacks morals, ethics, and honesty are exposed to the public, no amount of pandering or association with gun-crazed maniacs will convince Americans he is nothing more than a sleazy excuse for an American just like his new best friend Ted Nugent.
Audio engineer and instructor for SAE. Writes op/ed commentary supporting Secular Humanist causes, and exposing suppression of women, the poor, and minorities. An advocate for freedom of religion and particularly, freedom of NO religion.
Born in the South, raised in the Mid-West and California for a well-rounded view of America; it doesn’t look good.
Former minister, lifelong musician, Mahayana Zen-Buddhist.