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Monday, October 24, 2016

Ted Cruz Wants To Renounce Canadian Citizenship


After releasing his birth certificate on Monday morning proving he was in fact born in Canada, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced on Monday night that he will renounce his dual citizenship—putting an end to any right-wing “birther” conspiracies before they start.

The statement read, “Now the Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship, said Cruz. “Assuming that is true, then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship. Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. senator, I believe I should be only an American.”

Looking ahead to potential 2016 Republican candidates, Senator Ted Cruz is making sure his name isn’t left off the list of contenders. But first, he’ll have to appeal to the same conspiracy theorists led by Donald Trump, who accused President Obama of being a Kenyan-born Muslim, forcing the president to release his own birth certificate in 2011.

Cruz, who was born in Calgary, Canada to an American mother and Cuban father, making him a natural-born American citizen, has relentlessly defended his status and eligibility to run for president.

Cruz said in his statement on Monday, “Because I was a U.S. citizen at birth, because I left Calgary when I was four and have lived my entire life since then in the U.S., and because I have never taken affirmative steps to claim Canadian citizenship, I assumed that was the end of the matter.”

President Obama’s mother is American and his father is Kenyan, which parallels Cruz’s background, except that Obama was actually born on American soil, in Hawaii.

It is also important to note the difference in the two cases. The question surrounding Senator Cruz’s birth certificate concerns his qualifications. Does being born in Canada to an American indicate he’s qualified to run for president? Yes, it does.

The probe into President Obama’s birth certificate may have begun as a question of the law and whether or not he is eligible to be president, but quickly turned into a xenophobic attack when “birthers” declared that he forged his Hawaiian birth certificate.

Still, no one on the left is claiming that Cruz is not eligible to run for president in 2016. If Cruz is proving himself to anyone, it’s the conspiracy theory-hungry “birthers” in his own faction of the Republican Party.

There is no doubt that Cruz is prepping himself for the national stage come 2016. It will be interesting to see what side of this issue Donald Trump and his fellow Tea Party “birthers” take now that the Texas senator has released his birth certificate. Will they defend their favorite candidate for president, or denounce him for the same reasons they did Obama?

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  • dtgraham

    He’s not exactly “an American by birth”. He’s a natural-born citizen by birth and it’s not precisely the same thing.

    The Constitution doesn’t actually define the phrase natural-born citizen, and a number of opinions have been offered over time regarding it’s precise meaning, including a 2011 Congressional Research Service Report which seems to support Cruz.

    Although mentioned in passing in several decisions, the Supreme Court has never directly addressed the question of a specific Presidential or Vice Presidential candidate’s eligibility as a natural-born citizen.

    I don’t think anyone on the left has a problem with Cruz’s eligibility but it’s the chutzpah and hypocrisy from the right on this that’s stunning, and not just on the birtherism. For any part of the Constitution that they like, the political right will spare no effort in time travel mind reading, trying to guess the founder’s original intent. They will split a thousand different legal hairs in an attempt to parse the exact meaning of various words and will conjure up any comparison or scenario imaginable to make their case. Recall Cruz’s grilling of Dianne Feinstein over the second amendment.

    For this though, it’s ‘people, people, please!’ ‘Lighten up will ya?’ Their boy from the north just wants to ooze into the White House like a spilled bottle of Maple Syrup.

    I don’t think anyone by now should doubt that Obama’s little Kenya problem is just politics and racism.

    • RobertCHastings

      One of their favorite paths to change is rewriting history. Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck are both presenting themselves as historians when even a cursory examination of their writings (gun control, assassinations of Kennedy and Lincoln, etc.) shows these guys don’t have any desire to present history as it is, but as conservative ideology would like it to be. Unfortunately, these works appear at or near the top of lists of the best selling and most popular, indicating that entirely too many of our fellow Americans are willing to accept revisionism as history.

      • dtgraham

        Looks like they’re in the process of rewriting the Rand Mcnally world atlas too. Last week an outspoken Texas Tea Party birther was asked how she could continue to support Ted Cruz for 2016, given his little foreign born problem, when she’s been insistent that Obama was ineligible just based on a rumour of foreign birth? She replied on video that she really didn’t see Canada as foreign soil. That’s how she looked at it. From Rachel Maddow

  • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

    After reading about the process required to renounce Canadian Citizenship, he may have to wait a couple of years before the Canadian Courts finally get around to rendering any decision. After all, if they “fast tracked” Cruz’ application, it could show favoritism, and that could result in an upheaval of their judicial system. The biggest problem is due to Cruz’ vehement anti-immigrant stance which could affect Canadians who attempt to immigrate to the United States. That could be considered harmful to Canada’s internal financial and societal security, and anyone who would be determined that their renunciation of Canadian Citizenship would be detrimental to Canada could have their application denied.
    Wouldn’t that be the most delicious irony?

    • RobertCHastings

      If they get wind of this and realize they can get rid of him that easily, they will jump in a heart beat and CLOSE the borders to the North, and probably help us close our borders to the south so he can’t get back in that way, trapping him forever in the US where he will work off his Canadian bacon ruining this country.

  • Sand_Cat

    Can’t the US renounce him and send him to Canada?
    Come to think of it, we probably deserve him more than Canada does.

    • dtgraham

      Have mercy Sand_Cat. Right now, the vast majority of Canadians would offer a straight trade: Ted Cruz for Stephen Harper. Problem is, that Americans don’t deserve Stephen Harper…nobody does.

      • Sand_Cat

        Maybe it would be worthwhile if we could throw in Sarah Palin and Eric Cantor ;>)

        • dtgraham

          And Rand Paul too? Man you drive a hard bargain. Oh…………….. all right.