By Jordan Zakarin, The Hollywood Reporter
Worried about the legacy of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America, Ted Nugent is now pondering whether the world would have been better off had the Confederate States, which fought to sever the union, been victorious in the Civil War.
The Detroit-born rocker and outspoken conservative activistÂ writes in a new op-ed for The Washington TimesÂ of his fundamental fear of what he calls “Fedzilla,” or a government with a social safety net. Triggered by Chief Justice John Roberts voting to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Care Act — but calling the mandate to buy insurance a tax instead of a penalty — Nugent says, “Because our legislative, judicial and executive branches of government hold the 10th Amendment in contempt, Iâ€™m beginning to wonder if it would have been best had the South won the Civil War. Our Founding Fathersâ€™ concept of limited government is dead.”
A longtime critic of the president — heÂ received a visitfrom the Secret ServiceÂ after making allusions to beheading ObamaÂ and members of his administration while at an NRA convention in April — Nugent blasts Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid as parts of what he calls a full-on socialist state.
“Our entitlement programs have bankrupted America,” Nugent writes. “We have dug a financial crater so deep that many doubt we can ever climb out. With his vote, Chief Justice Roberts didnâ€™t give Fedzilla an even bigger shovel, he gave Fedzilla an earth mover with which to dig bigger financial holes.”
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