Ted Nugent and Alex Jones — there’s a match made in whackjob heaven. Nugent went on Jones’ show the other day and made the outlandish and totally unsupported claim that the high suicide rate among veterans is due to Obama violating the constitution so much.
I’m gonna hit you with something even more ugly, and just heartbreaking, and anti-American than anything else. I bet you’ve covered this Alex. We have an epidemic, an unprecedented increase, in the heroes of the U.S. military committing suicides, and I’m gonna tell you why. I’m sure the leftist blogs are gonna attack me, misquote me.
But I’ll tell you why more and more warrior heroes of the military are killing themselves: because they are in absolute frustration and heartbreak that their boss, their commander in chief violates the Constitution that he has made an oath to, while their hero warrior blood brothers are being blown to smithereens and blown up while executing their oath to the same Constitution that the president, the vice president and the attorney general violate.
Yeah, those “hero warrior blood brothers” that you shit your pants to avoid serving with. So Ted, why did they start committing suicide in record numbers during the Bush administration? Oh of course, it couldn’t have anything to do with doing multiple tours of duty, facing death on a daily basis and being away from their families. It couldn’t be that. It must be Obama’s fault.
Oh, and there’s this thing called evidence. And we actually have it in this case because there’s an organization that studies this very question:
At the National Center for Veterans Studies, recent interviews with soldiers whose suicide attempts failed found that each individual has a complex set of reasons for wanting to end their life, with many listing more than 10 different stress factors in their personal lives. The suicide rate was highest among soldiers who were divorced or separated.
Other recent research points to a potential link between suicide and traumatic brain injuries caused by explosions on the battlefield. “Evidence has suggested that blast injuries, including but not limited to those causing damage to vision or hearing, can have a severe psychological impact… that can play a major contributing role in suicides,” 53 members of Congress wrote in a letter sent to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in March.
This will have no effect at all, of course, because these people live in an alternate reality where evidence doesn’t matter at all and the truth is whatever they declare it to be.