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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tea Party 2016 Darling Ted Cruz Is Foreign-Born—What Say You Now, Birthers?

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In a development sure to amuse us all for the next three years, the Tea Party’s favorite potential 2016 nominee, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has released his birth certificate. And, unlike President Obama’s, Cruz’s document shows that he, unmistakably, was indeed born on foreign soil. Calgary, Canada, to be exact.

According to The Dallas Morning News, “The U.S. Constitution allows only a ‘natural born’ American citizen to serve as president. Most legal scholars who have studied the question agree that includes an American born overseas to an American parent, such as Cruz.” Cruz’s mother was born in Delaware, and his father in Cuba.

And, as Rick Ungar wrote in Forbes, “Were we to buy into the birtherism claim that Obama was, indeed, born in Kenya, then he too would have been foreign born as the son of an American mother and a father who was a citizen of a foreign land.”

The fun part will be watching those on the right twist and bend their belief systems to announce that Cruz’s mother was American, so he is automatically a natural-born citizen, no matter where he was born!  How could anyone think otherwise? Asserts Allahpundit on

Tens of millions of Americans would be willing to vote for Ted Cruz; to strike him from the ballot on a technicality in an ambiguous case would be momentously undemocratic. Against that backdrop, the Supreme Court would almost certainly end up reading ‘natural born’ in the narrowest way, excluding anyone who was born abroad of two non-citizen parents but including everyone else. Cruz, who was born in Canada but whose mother was a U.S. citizen, would qualify…because courts don’t want to be seen as hard-ass enforcers of what’s perceived by many to be an unusually archaic bit of the Constitution.

Ah, so now it’s a “technicality.” It’s only “an unusually archaic bit of the Constitution” that can be swept aside for your own right-wing favorite candidate, but it’s an inviolable, sacred screed when it comes to anyone on the left. What’s more, we should change it for Cruz:

Given the angst and ambiguity over the ‘natural born’ clause in the last two cycles, why not pass an amendment to replace it with something like, say, a 25-year residency requirement? People who take certain draconian disqualifying actions, like committing felonies, are an exception, but what action has Cruz taken? Replace ‘natural born’ with a residency requirement.

So if you’re keeping score, here we have a Democrat born in the U.S. to one American citizen and one foreign citizen, and a Republican born abroad to one American citizen and one foreign citizen, but the foreign-born Republican is apparently the one eligible for the presidency. Yet even if that Democrat had been born abroad, birthers would still see the Republican — born in the exact same circumstances — as being “more American.” But just in case, we should amend the Constitution to make sure there’s no way our foreign-born candidate won’t be allowed to run.

Funny how things change when it’s you, eh?

Of course, this “it’s different for us” (better-known as “IOKIYAR,” or “it’s OK if you’re a Republican”) hypocrisy on this subject is nothing new — in 2004, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced a Constitutional amendment calling for a similar change in the law to accommodate the then-prevailing notion on the GOP side that Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger might one day make a good commander-in-chief.

Cruz himself is quite adamant — and quite correct — that having an American mother automatically conferred U.S. citizenship on him at birth. “My mother was born in Wilmington, Delaware. She’s a US citizen, so I’m a US citizen,” he told ABC’s This Week. “I’m not going to engage in a legal debate. The facts are clear. I can tell you where I was born and who my parents were. And then as a legal matter, others can worry about that. I’m not going to engage.”

Photo: Dallas Morning News

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  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    But what about John McCain, who was born to two US Citizen parents in an overseas US Protectorate (the Panama Canal Zone was under US Administration at the time of his birth)?

  • Dominick Vila

    The “birther” movement had absolutely nothing to do with the Constitution, and a lot to do with the need to demonize Barack Obama, derail his agenda, do everything possible to make sure he could not govern, and undermine his record.
    The fact that our first and only African American President had to provide a long version of his birth certificate to demonstrate his qualifications, and that countless witnesses had to verify that he was, indeed, born in Hawaii, is a sad commentary on the maturity and fairness of the American people. In fact, it is an embarrassment.
    No debate took place when Panamanian born Sen.McCain ran for office (I believe the fact that he was born in the Canal Zone and that his father was a U.S. Navy admiral stationed there was enough to consider him a natural born citizen), and the fact that Canadian-born Sen. Ted Cruz is considering running for the presidency without being challenged by our selective constitutional zealots confirm the real reason for all the attacks and challenges levied on President Obama.
    Quite frankly, I can’t even imagine how he has managed to keep his composure and conduct himself in the dignified manner that seems to be one of his trademarks.

    • charleo1

      The fact that Barack Obama has conducted himself in such a classy,
      and sterling way. Was for the same reasons Jackie Robinson, remains
      such an inspiration. First I would be remiss if I didn’t point out, both
      were exceptional individuals to start with. But I think also both realized
      since they were the first African Americans to hold their respective
      positions, everything they do, or say, will reflect back on every future
      African American that will or perhaps will not have the opportunity to
      one day be President. So, much of this factor depends on President
      Obama. And personally I could not be more proud for him, in this

  • Sand_Cat

    Give Cruz time, and we can be sure he’ll hurt more people than most felons.

  • drzaius

    As if the Birther’s objection to Obama really had anything to do with a birth certificate.

  • dtgraham

    @ Michael Fraser in the Facebook section.

    Hey Michael, if Ted Cruz were President people wouldn’t have to worry about the government being shut down. Being an Alberta Conservative, he’d just prorogue it.

  • hilandar1000

    uh-oh — this could be an adoption document, rather than a birth certificate.