Webster defines mongrel as an individual resulting from the interbreeding of diverse breeds or strains, especially one of unknown ancestry.

“Subhuman mongrel” is how rock star Ted Nugent described the 44th president of the United States in an interview with Guns.com.

“I have obviously failed,” Nugent said, “to galvanize and prod, if not shame, enough Americans to be ever vigilant not to let a Chicago communist-raised, communist-educated, communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama to weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America.”

Nugent, a National Rifle Association board member, once called the president “a chimpanzee.”

Media Matters reveals more: A 2007 concert was infamous for Nugent’s claim that “piece of #*#t” (Obama) should suck on my machine gun.” He called Hillary Clinton a “worthless bitch” who should “ride my machine gun into the sunset,” and he made similar statements about Sens. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

The verbal bomb thrower is demonstratively endorsing Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott who is running for governor against Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis. Abbot refuses to discuss Nugent’s distasteful description of the president. However, Tea Party supporter Sarah Palin gleefully posted this Abbott endorsement, “If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!”

Conversely, Texas Governor Rick Perry said he would not have used those words and U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky suggested Nugent apologize. And Nugent did, sort of. “I apologize for using the term. I will try to elevate my vernacular to the level of those great men that I’m learning from in the world of politics.”

National officeholders have always been subject to fair, objective criticism, but in modern day American politics the country’s political ethical values, proper protocol, decency, and respect for the presidency seem to be sinking deeper into a pool of quicksand indifference. I cite Congressman Joe Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, who yelled out “you lie!” during President Obama’s speech before Congress in 2009. Bush 43 also continues to be the target of unwarranted derogatory oration.

Naturally, all acid-tongued miscreants shamefully hide behind the First Amendment.

I give you President John Adams’ toast: Independence forever.

Jerry Plantz lives in Lee’s Summit. His website is at www.Jerryplantz.com. Reach him at jerryplantz@msn.com.