The interlude: “He’s a republican professor, by God!”
Explanation: I have 123 undergraduate credits (PTCD @ James Madison College, Michigan State), a Master of Arts in Teaching (social studies at Wayne State), and 61 additional graduate political science / methodology credits (Wayne State)… so I have seen a lot of political science professors in action–and there are a few republican ones.
This interlude came to me after reflecting on what a good person [who I would argue is a classic Tea Partier] recently told me, “All [political science] professors are liberals!”
In my judgment, since I am talking about an old friend here, I would say that the liberal professors harangued upon by my friend are actually utopian professors. I mean, their obvious “position-takings” are actually not the essence of liberalism at all–but of utopian thought. They articulate the arguments of the utopian core. Now, I take small offense to the claim by my friend, because when I take positions in class; I take republican positions–which also contain no trace elements of liberalism, but admonishes liberal neutrality to observable [horrible] economic inequality. So far I’ve got you on two counts of exaggeration, my friend. Enjoy the interlude–and ode!
Ode to republican professors:
Ya treat all the people ‘ith dignity;
Ya help those by givin’ opportunities;
Fo’ others to help them completely;
Earn the ‘cation of ‘re dreams!