Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to Jewish community leaders at the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach during a campaign event, Thursday, April 7, 2016, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Ted Cruz Gives Harvard Prof a History Lesson

One of my favorite moments from the original Star Trek happened in the episode “The Trouble With Tribbles,” when Captain Kirk, Mister Spock and Ensign Pavel Chekov are discussing Sherman’s Planet, which has caused a rather bothersome interstellar dispute:

SPOCK: Sherman’s Planet is claimed by both sides, our Federation and the Klingon Empire. We do have the better claim.
CHEKOV: The area was first mapped by the famous Russian astronomer Ivan Borkoff almost two hundred–
KIRK: John Burke.
CHEKOV: Burke, sir? I don’t think so. I’m sure it was–
SPOCK: John Burke was the Chief Astronomer at the Royal Academy in old Britain at the time.
CHEKOV: Oh, Royal Academy. Well…
KIRK: Is the rest of your history that faulty, Ensign?

Joyce Chaplin, the Chair of American Studies at Harvard University, would have felt right at home in that briefing room on the starship Enterprise.  Responding to Donald Trump’s decision yesterday to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Change Accords, she attempted to shame the president by tying the creation of our great nation to another Paris treaty:

To which Senator Ted Cruz, known for his own master-level trolling on Twitter, basically said, “Um, not so fast.”

Yeah, it seems as though Chaplin forgot about a little thing called the Declaration of Independence–you know, that thing where the Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor, blah blah blah?  They didn’t exactly wait around for the Eurocrats’ permission to make America an independent nation from Great Britain.  They just told George III to stick it and went their own way.  Is the rest of your history that faulty, Professor?

Cruz didn’t stop there, however.  Cracking his knuckles, he told Chaplin to hold his beer and then went after Elon Musk, the High Priest of Tesla and SpaceX–not to mention the reigning King of Federal Subsidies for Dubious Green Technologies:

This comes on the heels of Musk resigning his position on the White House economic advisory council,  in protest over Trump’s withdrawal from the accords.  Whether or not Musk actually gives up his Gulfstream for a seat in coach on Southwest remains to be seen–but I’m betting he goes the DiCaprio route and confines his personal climate activism to admonishing the little people on how they can be happy without air conditioning, while he retreats to his cozy 10,000 square foot chalet in the south of France, sipping Rémy Martin and sighing, “We’ll always have Paris.”

Thank heaven we have Ted Cruz down here on planet Earth keepin’ it real.

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