The level of disrespect shown this President by conservative lawmakers has long been out of hand, but this latest move by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) should have been stopped by Republican leaders immediately. Stockman has invited Ted Nugent to be his guest at the President’s State of the Union speech.
While it’s understandable Conservatives might want pro-gun guests in response to gun-control guests for the Democrats, Ted Nugent is not the answer. This is a man who said:
If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.
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 [Senator] Barbara Boxer [D-CA], she might want to suck on my machine gun. And [Senator] Dianne Feinstein [D-CA], ride one of these you worthless whore.
Stockman, in a statement to the press about his invited guest, stated:
“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House Chamber to hear from President Obama. After the Address I’m sure Ted will have plenty to say.”
And that’s really the point of him being invited – to speak to the press afterward and make more incendiary comments, whip up the GOP base, and create more animosity between Americans. Stockman knows exactly what he’s doing, Boehner and his fellow GOP leaders know what Stockman’s doing; the fact that they will allow a House member to condone Nugent’s type of hate-filled rhetoric by inviting him to attend the State of the Union, epitomizes the decay of civility in the Republican Party.
Americans have always had respect for the office of the President, regardless of which party or individual occupied the White House. It used to be understood that there are certain times during the Presidency where the parties come together and treat each other with dignity, such as the State of the Union. This new Republican party however, confuses arrogance with statesmanship, and makes a mockery of political decorum.
John Boehner knows better, and it is reprehensible that he would allow this little stunt of Stockman’s to take place.