Ted Nugent On Dictators: 'They Should Die'

The outspoken rocker paid little respect to the Hugo Chavez who died of cancer this week when he referred to the late Venezuelan President as a "dictator, tyrant and slave driver".

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As usual, Ted Nugent didn't mince his words when it came to airing his political views on the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Chavez died this week aged 58 after losing a battle with cancer after 14 years in power with vastly different political views to the USA. Venezuela has since declared a state of mourning for seven days.

Of course, Nugent isn't a fan of anyone with even a whiff of anti-American sentiment, and gave TMZ a piece of his mind in response to Chavez's death:

"All dictators, tyrants, slave-drivers and despots should die ASAP. Let freedom ring," he said.

Chavez has criticised America's foreign policies and was something of an ally to Cuba, a communist government - something you can be sure Nugent isn't a fan of either.

But Nugent is a balanced fellow, and is known to to slam the US President too. Last September, he said Obama "represents everything bad about humanity."

Does Nugent make a good point, or is he just shouting into the wind? Let us know your view in the comments.

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    Chavez was no angel but he was democratically elected. The only reason the US hate on the south american 'socialist' states (though they are far form true socialism) is becasue they refuse to sell the US oil cheaply and dont care for McDonalds on every corner...
    Exactly, there was a study which showed Venezuela having some of the most fair elections in the world, much less corrupt than most other countries. He was what the people wanted, and fair enough to them.
    Slightly unrelated but... If you look at Cuba they have a 99.8% literacy rate (2002 census)and the 44th lowest infant mortality rate in the world, that's lower than the US.
    Let's not forget that Cuba also have some of the most advanced research facilities of the world in its universities, a great and stable healthcare plan, etc... Unrelated too, but just so the 'Murica supporters know that left-wing presidents do not have children for breakfast. EDIT: just to be on topic, Chavez also invested big in basic stuff like healthcare using the country's oil income, instead of giving it all away for free... how ****ing dare him, eh?
    Cubas health care today isn't among the best in the world. It used to be back in the 80s before all the good doctors started to move to the US to get a higher salery. There's also a culture of bribes in the health care system in Cuba today, according to a friend of my dad who's been working as a doctor in Havana for a couple of years now. And regarding the "democratic" elections of Chavez: they weren't. The public media openly encouraged people to vote for Chavez, the employees in the public sector were forced to run his campaign during their working hours and the voter couldn't even vote anonymously in some places. That's some serious errors right there And I'm not even going to get started on Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. They're not that bad in comparison to Batista maybe, but the crimes they commited just after coming into power were quite enough to say that they weren't men of kindness and honour.
    Do you realize that its The Cuban government that reports these numbers, and if a baby dies within a few hours of being born they don't even report it as a death. Of course a communist government is going to falsely report to the UN that their babies aren't dying and that people are educated.
    you are sitting on your ass outside of cuba reporting numbers that the cuban government releases. Iran also claims that people have freedom of speech. Yet they will lash and hang you if you speak out against Islam, listen to western music etc. North Korea also claims that its people love the government and that everyone is prosperous. Yet we know that they are forced to cry for their dead dictators and are starved. Don't believe everything you read especially when it comes from corrupt governments.
    cuba is also a much smaller country than the US. its not surprising that they have lower death rates or literacy rates.not slighting them at all, thats fantastic, but its a lot harder when the country is massive as far as population goes
    You can not be serious about what you just said... i do live in Venezuela from what i actually see every day, it is not a fair election when you have a state that buy up the votes. When you have the power, given by the oil, to purchase a vote of the 80% of the country, which by the way is poor, there is not a single indicator that there was a fair election. Even though as you say it was "fair" you favorite "socialist", is so corrupt that within the chaos of the country countless lives are lost every day. Did you know that every day in Venezuela there are more than 20 dead? Violent dead's caused by relentless waves of common crime that are supported because the are the people. Well i can talk all day about the topic, all i ask is that you do not talk trash about stuff you do know from the first hand
    I didn't know who Chavez was until I sat down with my flatmates the other day when they were watching TV and it was on the news. One of my mates told me that most of America seems to think Chavez was a crazy, Gaddafi-style dictator but he was actually voted in in the most fair democratic election many nations have ever seen. It's weird that America are such a fan of "freedom" yet want to butt**** any country that doesn't abide by their specific code of politics.
    Sure he doesn't sell oil cheaply, but back in '08 he donated 100k barrels to the US. For free. Not through the big multinationals, but through citizen oil, an organisation which subsidises heating oil for North America's poorest. Check it out. It wss set up by Joe Kennedy (JFK's son). Whats not to like about the guy? He cared for the poor no matter where they are, and that's why he was a good SOCIALIST leader. Empathy and altruism should extend far beyond man-made borders.
    Agreed he's probably corrupt to a degree as any man with to much power is, but I agree that based on the even more unsavoury character's that the US has worked with including the saddam hussien, osama bin laden, and pretty much the cause of every ****ed up situation the that the US has dealt with since ww2 that wasn't caused by the british or soviets. The US has lost it's credibility when it comes to these things as it's become painfully obvious over the decades that these things are much about vested economic interest than any real interest in "freedom". That being said I may get some flack for this but I agree with teds courageous position that totalitarianism is bad, thank goodness someone had the balls to say it.
    Obviously none of you have ever talked to an actual cuban. I have plenty of cuban friends and they all say that they get no food and no health care over there. and 99% of the money goes to the richest 1%. they have a horrible life over there. that's why they're allowed over here so easily.
    Huh, if you say so. I think it's much more complicated than oil and McD's.
    Drug cartels, antisemitism, human rights, increased homicide rates (X3 under his rule to be exact,) human trafficking... just to name a few.
    For a second there I thought you were talking about the USA. Of course I realize now that you aren't since you didn't mention obscene obesity rates and swamp people.
    Indeed. But hey, why believe that had anything to do with the bad blood between the US and Venezuela, right?
    "Everyone other than rich, white people with money and the same opinions as me should die" - Ted Nugent
    "Everyone who has worked hard in their life, made a lot of money, don't support the Democrats, and don't have the same opinion as me should die." -introvert10. Ted said nothing wrong, granted he's had controversial statements in the past, but he's speaking his mind and as long as the liberal media keeps asking for his opinion he'll keep saying stuff that pissed people off. I'm a Republican, but seriously a good majority of what he says is the exact reason people had the GOP, the media interviews the morons who "support" the GOP, yet don't have the slightest idea what they're talking about.
    I've never seen a Republican argue without incorporating the words "liberal media" into their defense. Try considering the fact that the "liberal media" is really just everyone thinking you guys are dumbasses. It has nothing to do with media portrayal, but the majority of human beings don't like Republicans, and with good reason.
    I work hard and make a lot of money. Nothing wrong with that. Thinking a gun is an extension of your penis...a lot wrong with that. Why do Republicans always bring up politics whenever one of their own is being flamed for being a d-bag?
    (On CrazyCarl62's post) Did he say they should die? I can't find anywhere in his post where he said that. He pretty much sums up what Ted Nugent is portraying every time he opens up his trap outside of music, and a good deal in his music. Just like everyone else in this country, introvert10 has his own right to say what he's got to say. As do you. But if you want anyone to take you seriously, may I suggest a new tactic? Stick to intelligent debate my friend. Stupidity for the sake of being heard is unbecoming.
    I don't understand the liberal media argument. You have three major news networks. Fox News (far far right), MSNBC (far far left) and CNN (slightly left, most center of the three). Keep watching faux news faggot.
    I'd LOVE to see Nugent, Mustaine, Kurt Cobain and Chris Cornell get into a tag-team argument. Would be awesome
    Why would you want to see Kurt Cobain in a debate? He doesn't have a brain
    Correction! He does have a brain. Just doesnt work too well thesedays. Something about constructive demolitions if im not mistaken. *flips through old newspapers* Oh, suicide... right.
    Ted Nugent has ZERO credibility when it comes to politics. Not only is he an idiot but he's a draft dodger who thinks it's ok to talk about what's best for America when instead of going to Vietnam like most of his peers he didn't shower for weeks and sh*t himself so he could stay home and play "Cat Scratch Fever" while others were dying overseas.
    Well put sir. Lol I don't think he has any room to talk about music for that matter with song like cat scratch fever and Wang dang sweet puntang. He's more of a novelty than he is a musician.
    " let Freedom Ring" Uncle teds perception of freedom is different than reality I belive.
    classical USA perception of freedom
    No, classic US ultra-right-wing perception of freedom. (Don't lump me in with Nugent; the guy's mouth is ridiculous.)
    It's funny how most everyone believes the world would be a perfect place if everyone just agreed with there idea of what reality should be, thank goodness people rarely get the opportunity to test this belief, even hitler thought what he was doing was the right way to make the world a better place. Everyones the hero in their own minds.
    I seriously think the only reason news outlets ask for Ted's opinion on anything is because they know it'll make people mad and get them ratings.
    *Sees Ted Nugent on the front page* Oh, this is going to be good.