Death by metaphor - again

You might recall the wailing and gnashing of teeth by the left after the Gabby Giffords shooting about the "bullseye" electoral map that was on Sarah Palin's Facebook page and how it "encouraged" violence.

If it did, it would have been a first. A metaphor, no matter how bloodthirsty, cannot harm you, or anyone else. It is a figure of speech. It is not to be taken literally no matter how much the Democrats and the left say it should be. Hence, the flap over rocker Ted Nugent's use of colorful - even violent - metaphors to describe America and the Democratic opposition and why this is such a ridiculous tack being taken by the left.


"If Barack Obama becomes the president in November again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent said, according to a video posted on YouTube by the NRA. "If you can't go home and get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil America hated administration, I don't even know what you're made out of."

He accused the government of "wiping its ass with the Constitution you're living under a rock some place" and labeled members of the Obama administration, including the vice president, attorney general and secretary of state "criminals."

"We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Am I, any questions?" Nugent said.

This is not the first time Nugent has vividly espoused his views. In fact, the NRA has a section of its website devoted to some of his statements, including profanity-laced comments and threats directed at then candidates Obama and Hillary Clinton during the last election cycle.

Responding to the comments from Nugent, who announced his support for the former Massachusetts governor in March, Romney 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," she added.

Is there a self aware human being in America who believes that Nugent is seriously advocating that Republicans chop off the heads of Democrats? Or that he is condoning physical violence of any kind? If the Democrats became as incensed over similar outbursts from their own, they might have a case against Nugent. As it is, this is not about civility, nor is it about criticizing violent language. It's a distraction, nothing more.

Given the president's record of the last three years, can you blame them?

The Democrats know full well that Nugent is not advocating or condoning violence against political opponents. But it serves their political purpose to pretend otherwise.