- - Tuesday, August 16, 2011

No doubt there is a foggy malaise hovering over the country. Americans have lost faith in our president, consumer confidence is bottoming out, unemployment remains high, the debt keeps rising, the real estate market remains soft, and the stock market is sputtering like an out-of-tune country-western steel guitar.

Even with that dreary reality, I remain terminally addicted to optimism. It is all about attitude. In case you haven’t noticed, I have plenty of attitude to spare if anyone is a quart low.

As I blaze new musical trails across America with my all-American, Nigerian Rebels Funk Brothers band on the greatest tour of my life, I meet daily with Americans of all economic strata, ethnicities and backgrounds. While these Americans often voice their displeasure with the current state of affairs, just beneath the veneer of their disgust remains a palatable burning desire to reverse course. I see it their eyes and hear it in their voices.

Granted, I only spend time with Americans who are in the asset column, as I refuse to spend time with whiners, stinky hippies and others who sadly are terminally addicted to the curse of Fedzilla dependency. They are anchor-dragging mouth-breathers who do nothing to put gas in the tank of America. I have no use for those dependent punks.

The Americans I spend time with are anxious, excited and optimistic. Their attitudes are zeroed in on a true-north course. Like skittish stallions at the starting gate, they are chomping at the bit for a political race.

My gut instinct tells me conservatives are galvanizing like never before. They can’t wait to support conservative candidates and clean out the House and Senate of big-government politicians. The ultimate prize is to change residents in the White House.

These hard-charging Americans think America is at a tipping point and the elections of 2012 will be a critical battle for the future of the country. While all elections are important, they think 2012 is shaping up to be pivotal, possibly one of the most important elections in America’s history. I agree.

Next year will chart the path of America for decades, possibly permanently. We will choose either to maintain the current Jimmy Carter-like economic kamikaze course we are on until the socialist clown brigade gets its way and strangles the life out of the private sector, or we can slam on the brakes and do what’s right for the future of America. Choices have consequences.

Of course, the right choice is to change course. The man for the job is Gov. Rick Perry from the great Republic of Texas.

Mr. Perry knows that lower taxes, less government regulation, much less federal government, more state control and a pro-business environment are what ultimately will turn America around. He knows conservative economic principles create jobs while liberal buffoonery strangles the economy.

Mr. Perry has created an economic buzz saw in Texas compared to other states. Under his leadership, Texas has created more than half of the private-sector jobs in all of America. If creating jobs is going to be the pivotal issue in the upcoming GOP primary and presidential campaign, Mr. Perry sits atop the heap of candidates.

I’m wango-tango giddy for an Obama-versus-Perry presidential political brawl. In one corner is Barack “Hope and Change” Obama, and in the other corner is Rick “Proven Results” Perry.

There couldn’t be two candidates with more diametrically opposed political ideologies. That would be a true left-versus-right political rumpus. Let’s get it on. It’s just what the doctor ordered.

Ted Nugent is an American rock ‘n’ roll, sporting and political activist icon. He is the author of “Ted, White and Blue: The Nugent Manifesto” and “God, Guns & Rock ‘N’ Roll” (Regnery Publishing).