If you were to ask Sen. Ted Cruz, the freshman Republican from Texas, if he’s part of some nefarious plot to violently overthrow the U.S. government, he surely would say no.
But is such a denial good enough? Don’t the American people deserve solid proof that Cruz is not involved in subversion?
I raise this question in the same spirit that Cruz has raised the question of whether former Sen. Chuck Hagel has received money from North Korea or from other enemies of America. I have no evidence that Cruz belongs to any subversive group, but neither does he have any evidence that Hagel has received money from North Korea. He’s even said he has no such evidence.
As you may have surmised, what I’m doing here is imitating Ted Cruz’s imitation of the late Sen. Joe McCarthy, the infamous witch-hunter for whom an especially ugly period in American history has been named. I’ll admit that I’m not as good at this as Cruz is, but my mention that he wasn’t born in this country has a nice McCarthyistic touch, doesn’t it? I might add that Cruz even looks a little like McCarthy (see above).
And there’s another striking similarity between today’s Texas troublemaker and the late red-baiter from Wisconsin. McCarthy often claimed that he had lists of specific numbers of Communists in the U.S. government. Cruz has claimed that he knows of a specific number of professors– twelve — at Harvard Law School when he was a student there who said “they were Marxists who believed in the Communists overthrowing the United States government.”
Cruz has cited these so-called commie professors as evidence that Barack Obama “would have made a perfect president of Harvard Law School.”
Obama was, in fact, president of the Harvard Law Review before Cruz arrived at the school. And Obama is now, to hear Cruz tell it, “the most radical” U.S. President “ever to occupy the Oval Office.”
Young Ted is something of a radical himself, isn’t he?