The Consequences Of Voters Staying Home: Ted Cruz Will Now Oversee Science and NASA in Senate



It’s becoming too common of an occurrence that when I run across a real story concerning something conservatives are doing, I have to ask myself whether or not it’s real or satire. It’s like a line I often use to “troll” conservatives I run across, “There’s no reason for progressives to lie about conservatives, the truth is bad enough.” While that’s not completely truthful (unethical liberals are sometimes caught lying about conservatives), it’s still a fairly accurate statement.

But let’s be honest, often the truth about conservatives is utterly absurd. Like when Bill O’Reilly compared himself to Jesus Christ; Rand Paul said he would support the use of a drone to kill someone robbing a liquor store; or when an Indiana Republican said nobody had the guts to let the poor “wither and die.” Those weren’t “stories made up by the liberal media” – they were accurate quotes taken from the very mouths of Republicans. Heck, I could make an entire article with just links to the stories I’ve written concerning outrageous things Republicans have said or done over just the last few years.

But I’m being honest here when I say that when I saw an article stating Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was going to chair the committee that oversees science and NASA, I truly believed the story had to be fake.


Unfortunately, it’s not.

Cruz, a man who’s denied climate change is real and whose own father has equated evolution with communism, is going to chair the committee that oversees NASA and science in our government. If a strong wave of depression just engulfed your body, I know exactly how you feel.

When people who don’t believe in science are on committees centered around science, that’s insane. Don’t tell me that Republicans aren’t anti-science when nonsense like this happens. Not only that, but Cruz has proven time and time again that he has no business governing in any kind of meaningful way. Every single thing he’s done has been completely centered around his ambitions to run for president – which is exactly how he will chair this committee. It won’t be about scientific evidence, facts or what’s best for ensuring that the United States makes advances when it comes to space exploration – it’ll be all about whatever he thinks will help further his ambitions by appeasing anti-science tea party conservatives.

I guess on the “bright” side, Ted Cruz being a chair of a science committee should provide me with plenty of material to write about.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Mark Stone

    So someone who is neither a scientist or even understands anything about science is the chair of…WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT we are doomed.

    • Charles Vincent

      Only 3 people had any college degree that related to science for the whole of the NASA committees tenure the rest seem to be attorneys. And all had a registered religion from Quaker to christian science so maybe you should shut your piehole. And 8 of the 12 past chairs were democrats.

      • Mark Stone

        Chuckie boy you must be one of those suffering from a chronic case of cranial rectitus and have no fornicating idea how feces laden our lives would be without science. Keep on hating science and see how far that and supporting crazy teddie cruz and his ilk gets you.

      • Charles Vincent

        From your response I can only surmise that your IQ is in the low single digit range. Additionally your original complaint was about Ted cruz and his lack of knowledge in the Sciences, to which I posited that only 3 of the other 12 that chaired the Science committee had a background in science or a degree in a science, a connection you seem to have missed. Probably due to cognitive dissonance. Your post id one blurb full of logical fallacy arguments. Go home and crack open a book or three…

      • Mark Stone

        First of all I suspect you can’t make a logical argument to save your life. Hence the name calling. As to my IQ it is well into the three digits, I have a bachelor of science degree in physiology (since I doubt you know what that is, look it up if you know how to do so) and I read roughly 50 books a year. I assume none of them that you would understand. Suggested read for you for starters, Issackson’s bio of Albert Einstein, although I doubt you have the capacity to understand it all. My guess is you will be stumped before you finish the first page, but it does have pictures. Enjoy it and your sad world view.

      • Charles Vincent

        My original reply contained my argument one you seem to be ignoring. You posited the argument that be cause Mr. Cruz doesn’t have a technical science degree he is stupid and unfit to chair the science committee. Then you wrapped several logical fallacy arguments up in a giant assumption. Good job Einstein. Additionally I don’t care what your education is for two reasons 1) this is the Internet and any moron can claim they have a degree and 2) your education level is irrelevant to the topic at hand.

      • Mark Stone

        You are the one with the fallacious conclusion regarding my IQ. You are right any bottom feeder can say anything while hiding behind their computer screen. So here my call out to you should you have any real intestinal fortitude. An unbiased legitimate IQ test graded by a legitimate independent third party except you have to have a proctor monitoring you. We can then see who has the higher IQ. I have no doubt I will prevail & I have to guts to make the challenge. You? I suspect not. So out up or shut your pie hole.

      • Mark Stone

        My point about Cruz & his ilk is they hate science but they are too damn stupid to understand it and apparently so are you.

      • Charles Vincent

        More ad lapidem nonsense.

      • Charles Vincent

        My statement regarding your IQ was derived directly from your ad hominem replies to me hardly fallacious nor inaccurate.
        The IQ deal of yours is nothing more than Ad lapidem nonsense. In this case you changed the operative from your education to your IQ way to go genius. And you still haven’t addressed my argument that refutes your statement directly.

        And here is a blurb about Ted Cruz pertaining to his educational background.

        “In private practice in Houston, Ted spent five years as a partner at one
        of the nation’s largest law firms, where he led the firm’s U.S. Supreme
        Court and national Appellate Litigation practice. Ted has authored
        more than 80 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and argued 43 oral arguments,
        including nine before the U.S. Supreme Court. During Ted’s service as
        Solicitor General, Texas achieved an unprecedented series of landmark
        national victories, including successfully defending:

        • U.S. sovereignty against the UN and the World Court in Medellin v. Texas;
        • The Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms;
        • The constitutionality of the Texas Ten Commandments monument;
        • The constitutionality of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance;
        • The constitutionality of the Texas Sexually Violent Predator Civil Commitment law; and
        • The Texas congressional redistricting plan.

        The National Law Journal has called Ted “a key voice” to whom “the [U.S. Supreme Court] Justices listen.” Ted has been named by American Lawyer magazine as one of the 50 Best Litigators under 45 in America, by the National Law Journal as one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America, and by Texas Lawyer as one of the 25 Greatest Texas Lawyers of the Past Quarter Century.

        From 2004-09, he taught U.S. Supreme Court Litigation as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law.

        Prior
        to becoming Solicitor General, he served as the Director of the Office
        of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission, as Associate Deputy
        Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as Domestic
        Policy Advisor on the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign.

        Ted graduated
        with honors from Princeton University and with high honors from Harvard
        Law School. He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist
        on the U.S. Supreme Court. He was the first Hispanic ever to clerk for
        the Chief Justice of the United States.”

    • Paula E. Graham

      Is it worse than having a lawyer as the Ebola czar?

  • klem

    James Inhofe is chair of the Environment committee and now Cruz oversees science and NASA.

    OMG, I love it!

    I freekin’ LOVE IT!!

  • crabjack

    The terrorists have won.

  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    This is exactly why the Government is broken. It is very similar to appointing Michelle Bachmann to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Put someone in a position to which they no absolutely nothing, will dumb things down, and find a way to inject religion where it doesn’t belong. I assume he’ll be diverting NASA assets to proving “Intelligent Design”, finding out in which cloud his grandparents live, and solving the problem of how far is heaven.

  • GenerallyConfused

    I wonder what, exactly, are the requirements to be on a committee such as this. A person with some semblance of common sense would think a degree in the subject…

    Obviously this is not the case. Meh.

    • Charles Vincent

      Only 3 people had any college degree that related to science for the
      whole of the NASA committees tenure the rest seem to be attorneys.

      • GenerallyConfused

        Head + desk = happier me?

      • Charles Vincent

        This is why organizations like nasa have people whom they send as advisors on highly technical subjects to help others including congressmen understand them.

      • Creeayshun Sighuntist

        It has nothing to do with what Cruz’s educational background is. It has everything to do with his disdain for science in general.

      • Charles Vincent

        Ad lapdiem nonsense. Furthermore no one graduates from Princeton and then Harvard with high honors by being stupid.

      • Debi Biderman

        Charles although I understand your premise what I believe you are missing in your defense of Ted Cruz is the reality of his need to put religion (non science)ahead of science. For those of us who view Religion as an evil based on a well told much interpretated story this borders on allowing wolves to protect sheep. Don’t care if he is a smart attorney he definitely is playing with the wrong band.

      • Charles Vincent

        The problem with what you’re saying is that we all share that problem i.e. we all believe things that aren’t factual and judging others in that manner is hypocrisy.

        “For those of us who view Religion as an evil based on a well told much
        interpretated story this borders on allowing wolves to protect sheep.”

        And people who have faith in god View atheist and the devils hand work. the problem i see most often is that people tend to think god couldn’t have created all things in a manner consistent with perfect science. In many ways the non believers are just as atrocious as the young earth, flat earth, earth is the center of the universe crowd of believers. and you fall into the assumption that if you or science cant prove it it must be false. that is directly in opposition with the scientific methods.

        https://www DOT youtube DOT com/watch?v=lC8gjcTqfjQ

        https://www DOT youtube DOT com/watch?v=4sKIymtsOAc

        Like it or not Pat Roberson is correct in the above video clips.

      • Debi Biderman

        Oh no as a non believer in organized religion you assume I am stating if it can’t be prove it can’t be believed. That would be the ultimate hubris. I believe in faith, and I believe in spirit. I just see religion as man’s attempt to control nature and to put a name and rules onto a magnificent abundance that surpasses all we do to so as to put it in a book and a box. God or power or mother earth whatever you name it is so much larger than we can acknowledge. Therefore we put limits and laws….what fools these mortals be. However to deny any possibility other than the one yer daddy taught ya…….well that seems ridiculous to me. And Ted is a denier.

      • Charles Vincent

        Neither side can prove it that was my point. I don’t care what you believe personally that’s your prerogative as is mine to choose the same. i start objecting when individuals enlist government force to push others to believe the way they do.

  • Paula E. Graham

    The voters didn’t stay home. They saw what your side had to offer and rejected it.

  • firegazer1

    Reminds me of our President Barack, running foreign relations and has not a clue.