"Blood's going to squirt out of their eyeballs!" So says rock guitarist and outspoken political activist Ted Nugent.
What exactly is everyone's favorite bow-hunting '70s rock star talking about? Well, you never know for sure when it comes to the entertainingly loony musings of the Nuge. In this case, however, he was on Glenn Beck's syndicated radio show predicting people's reaction when he starts singing the "Star Spangled Banner" live on Beck's Fox News show shortly before one of hundreds of so-called Tax Day Tea Parties being staged across the country on Wednesday (April 15).
Let's leave aside why Nugent thinks bleeding from your eyes is a good thing and get into what will be going down at these rallies in favor of cutting taxes and reducing government spending.
The Tea Party movement got going in February when CNBC reporter Rick Santelli spouted an on-air rant about President Obama's housing bailout plan. The notion was a play on the spirit of the 1773 Boston Tea Party, in which colonial protesters dumped tea into the harbor to protest British taxes. Conservative groups and leaders like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich latched onto Santelli's call to action, expanding the protest to encompass criticism of all Obama's economic recovery efforts and his $3.6 billion budget.
Meanwhile, those on the other side of the political spectrum have been pushing back. MSNBC's Rachel Maddow pointed out that Obama will actually lower taxes for 95 percent of Americans and that taxes on the very richest will return to Clinton-era levels. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman argued that the Tea Parties themselves are artificial events that "don't represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment. They're AstroTurf (fake grassroots) events, manufactured by ... the usual group of right-wing billionaires."
Whether or not you support the Tea Parties, which are expected to attract country singer John Rich and other well-known names, one thing is clear: Everything that comes out of Ted Nugent's mouth is straight-up entertaining — even if you don't agree with the sentiment. Though he had rock anthem hits like "Stranglehold" and "Catch Scratch Fever" in the 1970s, the 60-year-old guitarist has perhaps become better known as a highly quotable advocate for conservative values.
On Beck's radio show on Tuesday, he called former President George W. Bush a "fed-zilla tax blowtorch spending like a drunken sailor in a whorehouse" and spoke of his love of dead Somali pirates and the ease of opening donut shops in Texas. When Beck asked if he was going to show up at a Texas Tea Party with a gun, Nugent responded, "I think unarmed and helpless is the way to go."
But don't feel sorry for the Nuge! As he said of the tax protest, "[T]hat's a party zone for Uncle Ted. Let's rock!"