You Cannot Seek Refuge in the Defense That Guilt by Association Is a Logical Fallacy When You Have invited the Association


In a previous post, “Louie Gohmert and Ted Nugent Proud to Be Ignoramuses” [], I surveyed the ridiculously stupid pronouncements that have come out of their mouths. There was a Texas connection at that time because Nugent had attracted a crowd of admirers at a Texas gun show who seemed to be competing with him to see who could produce the most stupidly offensive remark of the day.

Well, as everyone knows, Nugent was back in Texas this week, not just extending his Neanderthal expressions of support to Texas gubernatorial candidate, Greg Abbott but actually sharing the stage with him. Indeed, Abbott seemed very happy with that arrangement until reporters started to ask him if his willingness to share the stage with Nugent meant that he endorsed Nugent’s quite recent descriptions of President Obama as a “chimpanzee” and a “subhuman mongrel.” After unsuccessfully evading the questions, Abbott ultimately…

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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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