Conservative Super-Bloggers speak their minds, but do their high-powered voices really matter?
Ok, you’ve heard the jokes: Chuck Norris’s tears cure cancer; too bad he has never cried.
Super star conservative bloggers Chuck Norris and Ted Nugent came out with blogs this week supporting conservative philosophy. Norris used his star power in his blog on World Net Daily to endorse Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and Nugent writing for the Washington Times railed against the Obama administration’s failed leadership in the notorious ATF Fast and Furious gun running scandal. Both of these pieces are well worth the reading, but how much do these celebrities’ opinions matter to those of us in the right of center main stream?
See the columns listed below:
Chuck Norris: http://www.wnd.com/2012/01/my-endorsement-for-president/
Rocker Ted Nugent: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jan/19/fast-and-furious-stinks/
For those of you who don’t know who these people are: SHAME ON YOU! I can count probably on one hand the number of conservative superstars out there and of these, Norris and Nugent are notable. Neither one cares one iota what the left has to say about them. So it’s good to have at least had a few representatives in Hollywood entertainment circles who champion conservative causes. So, let me bring you up to speed on who these people are. Chuck Norris is a famous Tae Kwon Do champion, movie star and conservative patriot. He actually had scenes with the famous martial artist, the late great Bruce Lee. His latest book is called Black Belt Patriotism: How to Reawaken America.
Ted Nugent is a famous rock star known for his song Cat Scratch Fever. He is an avid outdoorsman and hunter. His latest book is called Ted, Right and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto.
In his column, Norris ticks off ten reasons why he and his wife Gena support Newt’s candidacy for president, among them are his understanding of the importance of following the Constitution, his ability to influence a volatile world, i.e. communism and the radical Muslims, and his ability to rally citizens to a common cause. All of these are good points. There is one point however that one could make a sound argument against. Norris makes the claim that Newt has the greatest moral leadership of the remaining GOP candidates. Oh boy! Really?!
I think you lost me there Mr. Norris. Please don’t come to my house and kick me in the head! I agree with most of what you have said! No one can argue with the fact that Mr. Gingrich is an able debater with an encyclopedic grasp of the facts. I would like to see a debate between Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Obama just to see the president get his you-know-what handed to him. It would be about as fun as watching Norris perform a flying side kick through a car window into the face of an Islamic extremist!
But does Gingrich have the moral core that conservative voters require from a president? I’m not sure. His infidelity to his past wives and his sanction by his conservative peers in the House for corruption suggest that he does not. But can a candidate like Gingrich rise above the baggage of his past? Maybe.
Norris is quick to point out that no candidate on the GOP side, or any side, is perfect. He makes reference to the Biblical King David and I’m happy to see that. David you remember was called “A man after God’s own heart”. He was Israel’s greatest king and accomplished much good. But he also had an affair with another man’s wife and had that man, a soldier, killed so he could have the woman all to himself. Perhaps Gingrich’s sins aren’t so severe, but he will have to make it clear that he has made a serious committed break with the past if he is going to get the conservative vote, my vote. We conservatives believe in forgiveness. But forgiveness doesn’t necessary mean an endorsement to the highest office in the land.
Here’s a quote from Norris, which I think is just brilliant. He writes:
“No man or candidate is perfect. We all have skeletons in our closet. If buried bones became unforgivable bones of contention, the world would never know or will never know another Benjamin Franklin, King David and others like them. We must remember that we’re electing a president, not a pastor or pope. And with the mainstream media and a billion-dollar Obama campaign coffer on the president’s side, we need a veteran of political war who has already fought Goliath, because he will be facing Goliath’s bigger brother.”
Compelling point! We’ll see if voters agree.
Nugent meanwhile had some interesting things to say about Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco and Firearm’s scheme to allow the private sale of automatic weapons to drug cartels for the purpose of tracking them to their end user. What happened in the end of course is that law enforcement tracked some of the guns to the scenes of crimes on both sides of the border to include the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona. (Here’s an aside. Have you ever wondered why the government has set up an agency to monitor the sale of all of my favorite things, all of which are legal in this country? Inquiring minds want to know!)
Nugent doesn’t hold back his punches in his criticism of Obama’s Department of Justice under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder. In fact, his headline says it all. “Fast and Furious Stinks. Gun smuggling scheme another reason to distrust the Government.
In the nut graphs of the piece, Nugent writes:
“In all of its bureaucratic buffoonery, the ATF lost control of the weapons. Of course it did, as there were no electronic tracing components on the guns. Our less-than-esteemed attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., to whom the ATF reports, claimed not to know a thing about this brain-dead operation.
What kind of inebriated idiot would hatch an evil scheme such as this and then believe that, somehow, the guns could be traced to Mexican drug cartels without an electronic tracing component? This isn’t some low-ranking bureaucratic village idiot but a high-ranking government bureaucratic idiot who is paid by U.S. taxpayers.”
Good point, Sir! But it is this writer’s opinion that the scheme was not hatched to track weapons and catch criminals. It was to force an international incident with Mexico that would outrage both nations and allow the Obama administration to curtail or eliminate our constitutional right to bear arms. This right, sacred among so many Americans, allows many to protect themselves in their persons and property, like the young mother in Oklahoma who recently shot and killed an intruder to protect herself and her child this New Year’s Eve past. The president has made it clear that he has no regard for the Second Amendment and has stated his desire to change the regulations apart from the will of the people or congress in private conversations overheard between him and gun control advocates.
At the end of the day, do these superstar bloggers matter in the ongoing war between liberal and conservative ideology? I don’t know. My understanding of the political polls is about the same as my grasp of the stock market or Fermat’s Last Theorem. Not a clue.
But this star power certainly doesn’t hurt the conservative cause. The notoriety of these great men reaches many more than this author blogging in his jammies in the living room of his two-room apartment in Rochester Minnesota. Readers of Nugent and Norris will certainly have something to think about, and having famous celebrities say things in public that you and I might have in the back of our minds or if we are brave enough will be willing to discuss around the water cooler when the boss isn’t around, makes us believe that we are not completely alone in a country dominated by the mainstream liberally biased press. I say, GOOD! Thanks gentlemen. You are heroes of the right and we appreciate your contribution to the blogosphere!