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Opening Arguments

Out there with politics

Wow, an appealing combination. Ted Cruz is both a conservative and a science fiction nerd:

Ted Cruz told the New York Times that he identified with Star Trek's Captain Kirk more than Captain Picard because he felt that Kirk was more of a conservative and Picard more of a liberal.

Kirk is working class; Picard is an aristocrat. Kirk is a passionate fighter for justice; Picard is a cerebral philosopher. The original ‘‘Star Trek’’ pressed for racial equality, which was one of its best characteristics, but it did so without sermonizing.

If you let politics creep into your enjoyment of the Star Trek universie, you'd have to admit the whole imagined Federaion of Planets future is pretty much a liberal deal. I mean, come on, everybody on Earth lives together in a new world order -- all the conflicts are with other planets -- and, hell, they don't even use money. But it's best to try to watch with your politics on hold (I find I enjoy the music of mostly liberal artists more that way, too.)

Anyway, my favorite captain is Janeway, not because she's the best of the lot (that would be Archer) but because, you now, her crew included, um, Seven of Nine. Guess that puts me in the Donald Trump reality show scumbag camp.