Ted Nugent, VOCAL DEFENDER OF FREEDOM, Also Dodged The Draft During Vietnam

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Ted Nugent is well known for his outspoken defense of the U.S. Constitution, specifically the Second Amendment. Some might call his outspokenness exuberance or enthusiasm, others call it radical or retarded. Personally, I think the guy is an attention starved asshole who, even if his heart is in the right place, needs to shut up because he makes rational Second Amendment proponents look bad.

It turns out though, that Ted Nugent, DEFENDER OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND AMERICAN FREEDOM, is actually a hypocritical, loud-mouthed, fuckstick who uses the troops, the flag, and the Second Amendment to boost his own popularity. So you’re on the side of freedom, Ted? Then please, if you will, explain this:

The 64-year-old musician, now a vocal gun advocate and member of the National Rifle Association’s board of directors, avoided toting around an M14 thanks to a series of military deferments that allowed him to dodge the draft, according to Selective Service System records.

In August 1969, Nugent took his draft physical and was rejected for service. He was classified as 1-Y, indicating that he was qualified for service only in time of a national emergency. The 1-Y classification was usually issued to candidates saddled with significant medical or mental issues.

In interviews, Nugent has provided varying accounts of how he avoided a seat on a troop transport to Southeast Asia. In a 1977 High Times interview, he claimed to have stopped bathing a month before his draft physical, adding that he showed up for the exam with pants “crusted” with urine and feces. “I was a walking, talking hunk of human poop,” recalled Nugent.

No, Ted, I think what you meant to say is that you were, and are, a giant piece of shit.

Nugent also admitted to taking meth so as to further harm his body in his ultimately successful attempt to fail the draft physical.

Nugent took the pants-shitting, meth-snorting route, which might be third only to shooting yourself in the foot and fleeing to Canada on the scale of “How Big of An American Pussy Am I?” after running out of all other options to avoid the draft. He was first deferred thanks to high school and college enrollment, both of which are obvious and acceptable reasons to be excluded from the draft. However at this point it’s debatable that Nugent enrolled in college, a junior college by the way, for any other reason than to avoid the draft.

Five weeks after the exam, Nugent received his 1-Y deferment on October 7, 1969. Nugent’s 1-Y deferment remained in effect until 1972, when the classification was abolished. He was then reclassified as 4-F, which covered registrants not qualified for military service.

In his High Times interview, Nugent recalled his glee at evading the chance to defend his country (though he mixed up the 1-Y and 4-F deferments). “And in the mail I got this big juicy 4-F,” he said. “They’d call dead people before they’d call my ass.”

Nugent fondly, proudly even, recalls the time he actively avoided fighting for the country he supposedly loves so much. That’s not at all appalling. But hey, at least he waves his flag really hard. That’s got to count for something, right? No? Yeah, I figured. Oh Ted you shameless dickbag.

I honestly don’t know what to say other than, “Fuck you Ted Nugent.” You are a phony to the highest degree, though it shouldn’t surprise anyone that those who shout the loudest are often the most fraudulent.

I understand that Vietnam was not a popular war, and that being a musician (or aspiring musician) meant you probably ran with quite the liberal, anti-war crowd in those days, but does that excuse this nearly unfathomable level of hypocrisy? Absolutely not. People can change, and maybe Nugent has, but be known for and more importantly profit from your patriotism and love of country while keeping this secret tucked away is absolutely disgusting.

Ted Nugent. What an asshole.

[via The Smoking Gun]




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  1. 76
    Sam Malon

    Ya know what? Not even gonna hate on the guy, he’s done way to much to help Veterans to hold that against him. When I was on my way to boot camp out at San Diego, we had a lay over at Fort Worth, Texas. As we were going through security for the 50th fucking time, who happened to be standing off to the side cheering all us poolees on? Mr. Ted Fucking Nugent. He had learned from one of the stewardesses (Air Waitresses) that a bunch of future Marines were going through the terminal and decided to great us warmly. The guy was funny as shit and we almost missed our flight because he was shaking our hands and posing for pics all around. Good guy.

    Oh and fuck Bacon.

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  2. 20

    Bacon, this article is absolute shit. Everyone knows Nugent is a crazy person. If draft dodging during the Vietnam war makes one unpatriotic, then I believe you will find a long list of politicians who are not so patriotic. Dick Cheney and Bill Clinton are on that list just to name drop.

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    • -2
      Poop Dickerson

      Fucking commie. Whether you believe vietnam was a puppet state for china/soviet union or it was just a civil war that we had no business being a part of, that fact still remained, China/USSR was fueling the north’s army. We were at war with Communism, not a country. If we did nothing we would look weak and entice further revolutions in other countries. Its similar to how democracy is spreading in the middle east right now. The war still is not over. Ill tell you what though, we are fucking winning…

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      Rob Fox

      Yeah except Clinton was off going to law school and being a Rhodes Scholar, not crapping his pants and doing meth. Clinton was off being productive, Nugent wasn’t doing anything. You really don’t understand the difference? Really

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    Uncle Slam 1776

    Bacon what the fuck have you ever done?

    You’re the real hypocrite, slamming Nugent while you are just a preppy rich fuck who has never and will never be in the armed forces

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    • 7

      My dad was drafted and fought in Vietnam and thinks Ted is one smart motherfucker. Nothing glorious or patriotic about going into a shit hole we have no reason of being in and then seeing your best friends get blown to pieces.

      Seriously fuck this article and trying to call Ted Nugent out he has done plenty for our troops. Bacon you praise America and our troops in plenty of your articles but I highly doubt you would put up any less of a fight to avoid a draft then Ted did.

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    • -1

      Bacon has never and never will be in the armed services. Much like Ted Nugent, except he didn’t actively avoid it and then talk all the time about how much he loves America.

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      Rob Fox

      I don’t claim to have ever done anything. But I’ve also never been asked to serve the country and then done everything in my power to avoid it despite having no reasonable excuse to. Do you really not understand the difference?

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    FAFrican American

    Lots of people with money dodged the draft. It wasn’t just liberals doing it. The better educated and economically advantaged could obtain deferments through loopholes or technicalities easier. Therefore back then, draft dodging was the frat thing to do. Face the facts.

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  5. 8

    I’d disagree. Draft’s are generally argued to be unconstitutional, especially the way the Vietnam era draft was handled, so by dodging it he was staying in line with his hard line constitutional views. Take into account that Vietnam was a stupid fucking place that we really shouldn’t have gotten involved in in the first place, I don’t blame the guy for dodging the draft. Our military should always be an all volunteer military. Forcing people to fight for something they aren’t willing to risk their lives for is fairly un-American. However if you desert after making a commitment, then you are without a doubt, a pussy.

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      Jon M Fratsman

      I…really hope you are not in law school or in any way pursuing a career in interpreting the law. The only people that would argue a draft to be unconstitutional are liberals and those unable to read English.

      Before you say something about “but the 13th Amendment prohibits servitude”, take a look at Article 1, Section 8, Enumerated powers of Congress: “to raise and support Armies…” and “to provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States…”

      Not to mention that the entire purpose of the Selective Service system (for which you registered when you turned 18) is to ensure that the draft could easily and efficiently come back if the country needed it to and if Congress found it necessary. It is 100% constitutional.

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