Our Oxymoronic Politics: Defunding Government as a Major Fundraising Opportunity


All summer, various Far-Right organizations have been making money hand over fist by selling bumper stickers, t-shirts, coffee mugs, and all sorts of other paraphernalia usually associated with political campaigns but, in this instance, promoting three delusional political causes: (1) the impending impeachment of President Obama; (2) the impending confiscation of all guns from all American households, whether law-abiding or not; and, of course, (3) the impending collapse of American medical care and the American economy because of the long-delayed enactment of the final major provisions of  the Affordable Care Act.

Never mind, that not even the most radical of the Tea Partiers in Congress have introduced any impeachment resolutions—or even mentioned impeachment on the House floor. Never mind that, despite recurring massacres, the Federal government has not been able to pass legislation that makes it even marginally more difficult for mentally unbalanced individuals to purchase assault weapons and large…

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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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