THE RESPONSE TO BUSH THREATS IS ONE OF THE MANY THINGS ALLEN WEST DOESN'T KNOW JACK ABOUT
It doesn't surprise me that Allen West is defending Ted Nugent:
Ted Nugent doesn’t bear "any ill will" toward President Barack Obama, Rep. Allen West said Thursday despite the rocker’s appointment with the Secret Service over his controversial comments.
"I think he was just expressing maybe his opinion about something and of course everyone wants to sensationalize things but let's leave it up to the Secret Service to interview him and get to the bottom of it," West, a Florida Republican, told CNN’s Soledad O'Brien when asked about Nugent's comments....
Of course Allen West would defend Ted Nugent -- what would you expect from a guy who, shortly after being elected to Congress, decided to hire as his chief of staff a talk-radio host named Joyce Kaufman, who'd once said at a tea party rally, "If ballots don't work, bullets will"? (Kaufman withdrew from consideration for the job when a clip of her speech surfaced.)
But here's something else West said to Soledad O'Brien today:
"Well, there’s a lot of people who didn't like President [George W.] Bush and we didn't have to cart them in front of the Secret Service, so let’s just let the people who are responsible for investigating take care of it," he said.
Hey, Congressman, it took me about a minute to find multiple examples of people who were "cart[ed] in front of" the Secret Service for threatening Bush, or at least investigated, including at least one famous entertainer, as well as several schoolchildren.
The Secret Service is trying to determine if any action needs to be taken regarding a lyric from rapper Eminem that may be a threat to President Bush.
The lyric comes from a bootleg Eminem recording -- one of several from the rapper making rounds on the Internet over the past week.
In the song called "We Are American," Eminem sings: "(Expletive) money, I don't rap for dead presidents. I'd rather see the president dead." ... (Source.)
Upset by the war in Iraq, Julia Wilson vented her frustrations with President Bush last spring on her Web page on MySpace.com. She posted a picture of the president, scrawled "Kill Bush" across the top and drew a dagger stabbing his outstretched hand. She later replaced her page on the social-networking site after learning in her eighth-grade history class that such threats are a federal offense.
It was too late....
The 14-year-old freshman was taken out of class Wednesday and questioned for about 15 minutes by two Secret Service agents. The incident has upset her parents, who said the agents should have included them when they questioned their daughter.... (Source.)
A 10-year-old Atlantic City boy allegedly made a death threat against former President George W. Bush this week, sources say.
The fifth grader ... called the George W. Bush Presidential Library near Dallas, Texas earlier this week.
The boy left a voicemail saying that he was going to kill the former president....
The Secret Service investigated the death threat and spoke to the child, but it does not expect to file any charges.... (Source.)
A few political sketches took a 15-year-old Prosser boy from his art class to questioning by the Secret Service -- and thrust him into a debate over free speech.
On Friday, the boy was questioned by the Secret Service after his art teacher turned in sketches by the boy featuring President Bush. In one, Bush's head was on a stake. In another, he was dressed as the devil, firing off rockets. The caption on one sketch read, "End the War -- on errorism." ... (Source.)
A freshman at Mars Hill College, in North Carolina, got a surprise visit from the U.S. Secret Service last week, after one of his postings on the myspace.com Web site was interpreted as a threat against President Bush, but now it appears he is not in trouble anymore, although he still doesn't have his computer back.
The story is told in an article in today’s Asheville Citizen-Times. Tim Willis posted the lyrics to "Bullet," a 1978 song by the Misfits that refers to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, at one point describing "the president's bullet-ridden body in the street." Except Mr. Willis substituted President Bush's name for JFK's.... (Source.)
No, Congressman, the Secret Service did not take a hands-off approach to what it deemed to be threats against George W. Bush. I know you love to play the victim card on behalf of the right, but there's no victimization here.