Glenn Beck: Ted Nugent Interview




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GLENN: Outrageous rocker, gun aficionado, hunter and all around good guy Ted Nugent. Welcome to the program, Ted. How are you?

NUGENT: Happy springtime, Glenn.

GLENN: Hey, I had to tell you I had somebody, it was a week ago tonight, somebody got onto the property here in my house, which is not really a good idea to do at, like, 2:00 in the morning.

NUGENT: Whoops.

GLENN: And they got onto the property of the house and, you know, there are signs posted all around the house, guard dog, weapons, just don't come in. And so they got on and they were doing some stuff just like a stupid idiot and I get up and I come down the house because I'm not sure if somebody's in the house now and, you know, I've got the big German Shepherd and I come down the house with the bandoliers across -- I mean, I had a shotgun and all of the --

NUGENT: Do you play bass guitar, Glenn? I'll hire you tomorrow.

GLENN: I mean, it was fantastic. I actually thought of you. I said, I either feel like Rambo or Ted Nugent. I'm not sure which, I'm not sure which. And you know what I was thinking was how stupid it is -- because it turns out, I think, that it was just some teenagers, how -- do you remember, Ted, when we were growing up, you know, you could go do stupid stuff. You can go TP somebody's house, et cetera, et cetera. I don't think you can do that anymore. You know, you have to know who the people are. You go do something stupid in somebody's yard or somebody's house in the middle of the night, you're liable to get yourself killed.

NUGENT: Well, yeah, there's a number of dynamics at play here. You're correct when we were young there was a lot of harmless maneuvering going on by the youth of America. We would visit people and we would soap windows and we would go up to people's houses and most of it was absolutely noncriminal. But today I think actually it might be a better situation today considering that we are in a war on terror and that, you know, vandalism and crime and American-on-American crime is one of the biggest heartbreakers in the world and I'd rather that a signal was sent out, don't tread on pee would be the rule of the day. If you want to come by the house, you want to have a good time, you might announce it and you might be our friends. If not, beware.

GLENN: Yeah, yeah. So let me just ask you this. Have you ever had anybody break into your house?

NUGENT: Yeah, we did actually. We had our barn broken into last year. Here's a little bit of irony for you. It was as I was about to speak at the NRA convention, someone breaking into my Michigan barn. But my good friends at the Michigan state police caught the rascals and they are currently in a cage where they belong.

GLENN: What happened?

NUGENT: My caretaker and my son were able to give some information along with the state police. Some punk, some meth-inspired punks, God, who would have thought that, broke in and stole some of our ATVs and some of our Kamp for Kids charity equipment. We have some sporting goods here that we store for our children's camp and they did get caught and they were lifelong criminals, a little of that recidivism reminder in play. And they did catch them and they put them away now. We've never been broken into while we were at home. In fact, if you would like to put the ultimate warning sign on your property, Glenn, you can have my permission to put "Ted Nugent lives here" on the sides of your property. I promise you security from hereon out.

GLENN: I bet. I bet. You're going out to take the Clark family, which is this amazing family. Have you spent much time talking to them yet?

NUGENT: Yes, I have. I've been communicating with Ruth and Lael, one of the sons, and with the Knowlton family out there in Texas at the Laguna Vista Ranch and just a beautiful place. Jed Knowlton and his family have a huge family, just loaded with wildlife and a wonderful lodge and we're setting stuff up for the kids' wheelchairs this fall, and I promise you, Glenn, and I do want to make sure you look at that invitation that I send you regularly because you've got to witness the sheer joy, the spirituality of a family in that primal setting where they get out in nature not as a spectator but as a participant and it's going to be a magic time and I'm honored to be a part of this.

GLENN: Well, here's the whole family in wheelchairs and they have muscular dystrophy and the boys just gave up hunting because they now go into the woods and take into the back of a truck but they don't have the strength anymore to squeeze the trigger.

NUGENT: I promise you they are going to have the time of their lives. We started CPR Kamp for Kids and along with Freedom's Angels, it's a military charity, we take a lot of kids that are limited to wheelchairs and worse and a lot of military heroes with no arms and no legs, no face but they got the spirit, they got the attitude. They certainly have the vision. And they get out there in a hunting blind, we got these double bull blinds that can be propped up any place and we're able to literally wheel our blood brothers out there and just throw a blind over them. They have the time of their life and it's very, very moving because this is really what they want. And here's a dynamic, Glenn. Not just the Clark family and people around the country but when a little boy, little girl contacts my office as they are facing imminent death in a terminal illness situation, they always want to go hunting. They want to get a hold of Uncle Ted and go hunting with Uncle Ted. These are little 6, 7, 8-year-old boys and girls who know they are not going to see next year and something inside them wants to go hunting. They can do a lot. A lot of them go to Disney World, a lot of them go to concerts but most of them want to go hunting. There's something very primal, very spiritual that even a young person understands, facing that enormous emotion of the end that drives them into the outdoors. We call it the spirit of the wild and it is powerful medicine.

GLENN: Do you know Sergeant Greg Stube?

NUGENT: Say that again?

GLENN: Do you know Sergeant Greg Stube?

NUGENT: I don't know the name, no.

GLENN: He is a guy, special forces 19 years, lost 70% of his intestines over in Afghanistan, an amazing man. First time I met him, I was at the NRA convention and he spoke, and I have to tell you, there was not a dry eye in the house and his wife is just as amazing as he is. But he told me, he said it was hunters that actually healed me. He said, every time I would hear a gun go off or an explosion or car backfire, he said, I freaked out. He said, going out hunting and having the positive reinforcement again of holding a gun in your hand and hearing that sound and being outside in the, you know, in the forest and, you know, one with the Earth, he said, it healed me.

NUGENT: Absolutely. And the definitiveness. There's an absolute surety to the hands-on conservation lifestyle of hunting, fishing and trapping where you know you're going to consume today. We're all going to consume today but it touches the soul to actually consume from the life. When you plant a tree and then get to heat from it years later, I promise you, Glenn, the heat's warmer. When you kill that deer by dedicating yourself to be the reasoning predator that we have all in our soul, when you kill that deer, it is a gift from God and it's a moving moment that you know you would never scrape leftovers into the trash because you had to go to the swamp early. You had to get that deer. You had to practice your heart and soul to being the best shot and the best marksman, the best archer, the best predator you can. And then you have to see that deer's eyes and you grasp it and you gut it and you skin it and you drag it back. It's sacred, Glenn.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. Hang on just a second. Hold on, Ted. Is there any reason that we don't have an affiliate in New York after this last break? Is there a single reason?

NUGENT: I promise you New York is loaded with hunters.

GLENN: Oh, yeah. No, I know. Ted, always great to talk to you, sir. We'll talk to you again.

NUGENT: God's speed, Glenn.

GLENN: Bye-bye.

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We have browsed each of the candidates' online stores, so you don't have to (it only took us three months). We have curated only the finest items from each of the Democrats running for president of the United States of America. Without further ado, here is your handy progressive gift guide – or maybe your what-not-to-gift guide.

First, the bargain basement options. Hurry! Time is running out to grab your Beto bandana, or your Delaney pack of golf balls, because at this point Stu has as much of a chance as these guys of getting the nomination.

Tom Steyer, for example – is he still in the race?


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There's way too much Tom here. That shirt's got more Toms than a Caucasian dentists' convention.

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Andrew Yang is a lock for Math Club president…


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But for actual president? Well, I wouldn't make plans for how you're going to spend your $1,000-per-month Yang allowance just yet.

If you happen to be shopping for your dog, may I suggest this lovely "Dogs for Delaney" dog collar…


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John Delaney's definitely going to secure the canine vote with this kind of outreach. As for any human votes, that's another question entirely.

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Then again, it's a tote. So, it'll end up on the floor of your closet and you won't have it with you until that one random moment when you're out somewhere and you really need a tote bag. Just like Democrats will really wish they had a moderate when we're in the middle of the socialist nightmare of their creation.

Captain Planet himself, Jay Inslee recently dropped out of the race, but don't let that stop you from picking up what may be the greatest single item sold by anyone in this race…


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A children's book called Elvis & the Elves: the Mystery of the Melting Snow. Written and illustrated by Governor Jay Inslee. Talk about a whodunnit – how could that snow possibly be melting? Spoiler alert: it's because of evil, white, patriarchal capitalism. And Donald Trump.

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When your last name's Castro, do you really want to go with a weird drawing of yourself as if you're a classic Latin American dictator on a postage stamp?

If you prefer a little "dark psychic forces" battling in your candidates, you'll love Marianne Williamson's "Turn Love Into a Political Force" rally sign…


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"Turn Love Into a Political Force" would be an even better title for a Marianne Williamson album of 80s cover songs. And if you think I'm joking, then you haven't heard Bernie Sanders' classic 1987 folk album, We Shall Overcome. That's not a joke. Well, it is a joke, but it's also a very real thing.

Now, just a quick pause to consider the peculiar baby-wear that way too many candidates are selling…

…including Elizabeth Warren's trans-pride flag onesie. Let me get this straight – we can't force any gender on a child, because that's just cruel. But we can force a political advertisement on a baby? How do we know that baby is actually a Biden or Warren fan? The child may not even be a Democrat or a Socialist at all. That baby might self-identify as a Libertarian, or Republican, or even worse – a moderate Democrat.

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-AND-

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Warren's merchandise reflects the woman herself – cold and humorless (watch her "This isn't funny" clip from the last debate here at the 4:27 mark). I'm sure she's really fun once you get to know her. Then again, maybe not.

Speaking of serious women, Kamala Harris wants to be president very badly for you, the people, as you can tell from her "For the People" poster…


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At $29.99 though, she's sure not charging "people's" prices. Of course, she might be having to pay royalties to a certain someone for riffing on their poster. Just saying.

For the race's number one socialist, there's a whole lot of capitalism going on in Bernie Sanders' campaign. He sells so many delightful items that it's hard to choose. But we did anyway. The most random item is this hundred-dollar, black, "Art of a Political Revolution – Artists for Bernie Sanders Coaches Jacket"…


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Coaches across the land will be clamoring for this one. You know, since coaches are such a strong Bernie-socialist demographic.

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This is the only context in which you'll ever want to hear "feel the burn" and "fanny" in the same sentence.

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It promises the kind of snug approach that Biden loves to provide women. Even when they don't ask.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.