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July 4, 2007

Ted Nugent on 'The Summer of Love' in the Wall Street Journal

His op-ed page essay in yesterday's paper was bracing; it follows.

    The Summer of Drugs

    This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the so-called Summer of Love. Honest and intelligent people will remember it for what it really was: the Summer of Drugs.

    Forty years ago hordes of stoned, dirty, stinky hippies converged on San Francisco to "turn on, tune in, and drop out," which was the calling card of LSD proponent Timothy Leary. Turned off by the work ethic and productive American Dream values of their parents, hippies instead opted for a cowardly, irresponsible lifestyle of random sex, life-destroying drugs and mostly soulless rock music that flourished in San Francisco.

    The Summer of Drugs climaxed with the Monterey Pop Festival [top] which included some truly virtuoso musical talents such as Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, both of whom would be dead a couple of years later due to drug abuse. Other musical geniuses such as Jim Morrison and Mama Cass would also be dead due to drugs within a few short years. The bodies of chemical-infested, braindead liberal deniers continue to stack up like cordwood.

    As a diehard musician, I terribly miss these very talented people who squandered God's gifts in favor of poison and the joke of hipness. I often wonder what musical peaks they could have climbed had they not gagged to death on their own vomit. Their choice of dope over quality of life, musical talent and meaningful relationships with loved ones can only be categorized as despicably selfish.

    I literally had to step over stoned, drooling fans, band mates, concert promoters and staff to pursue my musical American Dream throughout the 1960s and 1970s. I flushed more dope and cocaine down backstage toilets than I care to remember. In utter frustration I was even forced to punch my way through violent dopers on occasion. So much for peace and love. The DEA should make me an honorary officer.

    I was forced to fire band members and business associates due to mindless, dangerous, illegal drug use. Clean and sober for 59 years, I am still rocking my brains out and approaching my 6,000th concert. Clean and sober is the real party.

    Young people make mistakes. I've made my share, but none that involved placing my life or the lives of others at risk because of dope. I saw first-hand too many destroyed lives and wrecked families to ever want to drool and vomit on myself and call that a good time. I put my heart and soul into creating the best music I possibly could and I went hunting instead. My dream continues with ferocity, thank you.

    The 1960s, a generation that wanted to hold hands, give peace a chance, smoke dope and change the world, changed it all right: for the worse. America is still suffering the horrible consequences of hippies who thought utopia could be found in joints and intentional disconnect.

    A quick study of social statistics before and after the 1960s is quite telling. The rising rates of divorce, high school drop outs, drug use, abortion, sexual diseases and crime, not to mention the exponential expansion of government and taxes, is dramatic. The "if it feels good, do it" lifestyle born of the 1960s has proved to be destructive and deadly.

    So now, 40 years later, there are actually people who want to celebrate the anniversary of the Summer of Drugs. Hippies are once again descending on ultra-liberal San Francisco — a city that once wanted to give shopping carts to the homeless — to celebrate and try to remember their dopey days of youth when so many of their musical heroes and friends long ago assumed room temperature by "partying" themselves to death. Nice.

    While I salute and commend the political and cultural activism of the 1960s that fueled the civil rights movement, other than that, the decade is barren of any positive cultural or social impact. Honest people will remember 1967 for what is truly was.

    There is a saying that if you can remember the 1960s, you were not there. I was there and remember the decade in vivid, ugly detail. I remember its toxic underbelly excess because I was caught in the vortex of the music revolution that was sweeping the country, and because my radar was fine-tuned thanks to a clean and sober lifestyle.

    Death due to drugs and the social carnage heaped upon America by hippies is nothing to celebrate. That is a fool's game, but it is quite apparent some burned-out hippies never learn.

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Posted by: alcohol abuse | Jul 25, 2007 6:25:23 PM

Redirecting one and all and CrazyAfter (yes, me too!!) and cathy: This was a worthwhile article about The Summer of Love as well: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19053382/ . Let's focus on extracting the positive please?

Posted by: NotCreativeEnough | Jul 14, 2007 12:03:12 AM

Ted Nugent is a fucking idiot with the loosest dentures in Rock and Roll.

Posted by: cathy | Jul 13, 2007 9:34:26 PM

A sharp tongue and an empty head - what a waste.

Posted by: CrazyAfter | Jul 13, 2007 11:07:11 AM

i am in total agreement with ted on this one. i am liberal in most ways and cannot see but to agree with ted here. he made perfect sense... and having been a ted nugent fan as long as i can remember doesn't keep me from disagreeing with him on most of his political views. but on this I totally agree. this is not apolitical or liberal or conservative viewpoint. it is true as far as i am concerned. ted tells it like it is from his head and heart. if many liberals did this we would all be better off.

Posted by: randall | Jul 12, 2007 10:06:47 PM

Ted nailed it on this one. As one of the only FM rockers that mind numb DJ's have to remind us is conservative (oh my god!), he has more insight into what's wrong with this country than all of the lib presidential wanna-bes combined. After 40 years of failed liberal policy born in the drug culture of the 60's, I salute all the clear thinkers who speak their mind.

Posted by: Tony Pollo | Jul 6, 2007 10:30:40 AM

Oh, dear. Almost wish I hadn't read that. Now my mind hurts.
I never did drugs but it wasn't out of any great self-restraint -- my nervous system always operated at a high screech all by itself and I never trusted anybody else to drive. And there had to be somebody who had it together enough to go around and visit everybody in jail ****sigh****

Anyway. Now, to rinse that nasty taste out of my brain, and because it's July 4th, here's something completely unrelated:


My tap teacher taught me O'Connor's & Kelly's first solos (took months) and I finally got them up to speed. I was 14. That was back when, if I jumped up in the air, all body parts stopped moving when I landed. They didn't just keep moving for about fifteen seconds. Like they tend to do past 40 or so.

Posted by: Flautist | Jul 4, 2007 11:39:36 PM

This was a worthwhile article about The Summer of Love as well: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19053382/ .

Posted by: NotCreativeEnough | Jul 4, 2007 10:42:24 PM

You know I've been drug free my entire life, and actually proud of it*.

Reading through Nugent's rant...I'm seriously considered getting screwed up.

*A mojito is not a drug, no matter if you drink it, inject it, or freebase it. Absolutely not a drug...

Posted by: clifyt | Jul 4, 2007 8:33:58 PM

Ah, yes. Ted's a fine example of upstanding modern American Christianity; his stated opinion on the Iraq War is that the only thing we're doing wrong is not nuking them.

Y'know, just like Jesus told us to.

He holds similarly strong opinions on the Vietnam War, and was of prime age to serve therein - but has proudly stated that he dodged the draft by, I kid you not, soiling himself.

I honestly cannot imagine how any drug could screw anybody up worse than sobriety has screwed up Ted. A man more in need of a large joint has never walked this earth.

Posted by: Daniel Rutter | Jul 4, 2007 2:11:12 PM

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