Obama Birthers Turn Their Attention to ... Texas Senator Ted Cruz?

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Ted Cruz sure doesn't look Canadian.
Ted Cruz has barreled into Washington with the force of a crazy, toupee-haired meteorite smashing through the Capitol dome. But for all his rhetoric about Obama and communists and how they are pretty much the same thing, Cruz has distinguished himself from fellow wingnuts by keeping relatively silent on the topic of Obama's place of birth.

Perhaps this should be chalked up to a rare instance of rationality. Or perhaps it's to avoid uncomfortable questions about his own provenance.

Cruz was born in Canada to a Cuban father and an American mother. No secret there. He's a lifelong U.S. citizen and is thus perfectly qualified to hold public office as, say, a U.S. senator. But now that still-vague rumors of Cruz's presidential ambitions are swirling, some are questioning whether Cruz's Canadian birth precludes him from becoming commander in chief, since the Constitution requires the U.S. head of state to be a "natural born" citizen.

That term is wonderfully nonspecific. Were the Founders simply insisting that presidents be U.S. citizens at birth? Was it a mandate that they be born on U.S. soil? Or did they foresee advances in medical technology and hoped to head off the ascension those born by Caesarean birth to the country's highest office?

Legal scholars agree that it's the former. Their case is laid out in a helpful Texas Tribune Texplainer from last year. But that hasn't stopped pundits from loudly broadcasting doubts about Cruz's presidential eligibility. This is an opinion that has of course been broadcast by those on the left, but it's also, strangely enough, been taken up by the same birthers still decrying Obama as a foreign pretender.

The National Review's Eliana Johnson has a rundown this morning.

The homepage of the website Birthers.org is currently devoted to making the constitutional case against Cruz's eligibility. He is lauded for representing his state "with a passion not seen in Texas since the Alamo" and cheered for being "one hell of a Senator," but Birthers.org's denizens emphatically conclude that he cannot be president "because the law of Canada made him a citizen of Canada by BIRTH."

On ObamaReleaseYourRecords.com, alongside the latest news about the president's fraudulent birth certificate and his close ties to Islam, anonymous authors blast the media for propagating the "myth" that the Constitution permits a Cruz presidency. "What complete madness to suggest someone born in another country is a 'natural born Citizen' of the United States and eligible to be POTUS," one of them argues. "It is complete rubbish and they know it."

This is what the snake looks like eating its own tail. These are Cruz's people: grass-roots conservative activists too damn angry to listen to facts or reason. And now, they are trying to nip a potential 2016 presidential bid in the bud.

The whole bit is a tad academic. If Cruz opts to run for president, he will rise or fall on the force of his ideas, which play incredibly well in a scarlet-hued Texas but are, one hopes, a bit to extreme for the U.S. electorate as a whole.

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roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

If Obama was born on foreign soil his mother could not give him US citizenship because she did not meet the requirements at the time because she was 1 year younger than required.

jcwren329
jcwren329

It's NOT confusing.   I understood it when I was taught it at TEN YEARS OLD!!!

If either of your parents are american citizens or you are born on US soil you are a 100% "natural born" US citizen.   No confusion.   End of story.

MissMacy
MissMacy

Cruz is also too extreme for Texas. He's repulsive.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Are we actually worrying about whether this doofus is eligible for the Presidency?

roadsidecouch
roadsidecouch

The law is clear:

"The single-American parent requirement has been amended a few times, said UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh. As it applies to people born between 1952 and 1986, they must have a parent who was a U.S. citizen for at least 10 years, including five after the age of 14, in order for the baby to be considered a natural-born citizen."

http://www.texastribune.org/2012/08/13/texplainer-could-canadian-born-ted-cruz-be-preside/

In Cruz case he is a US citizen as his mother meets the 10 year and 5 year requirements.  

Obama on the other hand, if he was born in Kenya as his grandmother stated, does not.  As his mother was 18 at the time and misses the 5 years after age 14 requirement.  No one has ever seen an original Obama birth certificate or a copy.  The Hawaii governor admitted he could not find it.  Hawaii passed a law allow birth certificates to be computer generated under certain circumstances that happen to match Obama's circumstance and wallah the Obama certificate appeared. Because the Hawaii law circumnavigates the law regarding natural born citizens, Obama's long form birth certificate piecemeal from multiple birth certificates with a hospital name that did not exist until 2 years after his birth is not sufficient proof he was natural born.  Add to that the fact that his Connecticut based Social Security Number was stolen from a man who died in a hospital that Obama's mother worked as a nurse an Obama's draft registration document is a proven fake using  a cut up date stamp and that Obama cannot pass an E-Verify check, there is at least a suspicion that Obama, who was a naturalized Indonesian citizen who are not allowed to be duel citizens, is not a US citizen.  

Since there is no enforcement mechanism for the requirements to be president the issue is nothing more than a talking point.  

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

It's pretty stupid to think that Cruz could even be Presidential material. And I'm sure the GOP thinks the Brown man will vote for him just because of his last name. Small minded, indeed.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

John McCain was born in Panama.  The birthers are completely off their meds.  To carry their logic out to it's apparent end, any US Military dependent, born while the parents were stationed overseas, would be ineligible for the presidency.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

He shoulda changed his name to Cruise.

cantkeepthetruthdown
cantkeepthetruthdown

cantkeepthetruthdown

Feb 25, 2013

The impending liberal birther meltdown is going to hilarious

JohnNeelyBryan
JohnNeelyBryan

"Foresee advances in medical technology"? Cesarean is a Roman word.

bealotcoolerifyoudid
bealotcoolerifyoudid

I don't always support the birthers, but when I do it's to prevent this wack job from running for president.  Stay crazy my friends.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

The right-wingers will conjure a byzantine explanation as to why the Constitution gives a Canadian-born candidate the right to serve as a United States president.

smrstrauss.g
smrstrauss.g

@roadsidecouch

Obama was not born in Kenya, and his Kenyan grandmother never said that he was. Only birther sites said that she did. In fact, she said repeatedly in the taped interview that Obama was born in Hawaii. The same thing with the claim about the governor not being able to find Obama's birth certificate. The governor never said it. Birther sites simply said that he said it, but he didn't.

It is irrational (to say the least) to think that Obama’s relatives had enough money (Obama’s grandfather was just a furniture salesman and his grandmother a low-level employee in a bank at the time; and his father came to Hawaii on a free flight) or crazy enough to spend LOTS of money on a long and expensive and risky (incidents of stillbirths were high at the time) overseas trip for their pregnant daughter—–when there were perfectly good hospitals in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Oh, and the government of Kenya has said that it investigated the “born in Kenya” claim, and that it did not happen.) And the government of Hawaii, including the former Republican governor (a friend of Sarah Palin’s) has said repeatedly that Obama’s birth certificate is accurate and that Obama really was born in Kapiolani Hospital in Honolulu.

smrstrauss.g
smrstrauss.g

@roadsidecouch 

Obama was not born in Kenya, and his grandmother never said that he was either (birther sites said that she said it, but she didn't and in fact she said repeatedly in the taped interview that Obama was born in HAWAII). The same thing with the claim that the Hawaii governor could not find that birth certificate. Birther sites said that he said it, but he never said it.

It is irrational (to say the least) to think that Obama’s relatives had enough money (Obama’s grandfather was just a furniture salesman and his grandmother a low-level employee in a bank at the time; and his father came to Hawaii on a free flight) or crazy enough to spend LOTS of money on a long and expensive and risky (incidents of stillbirths were high at the time) overseas trip for their pregnant daughter—–when there were perfectly good hospitals in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Oh, and the government of Kenya has said that it investigated the “born in Kenya” claim, and that it did not happen.) And the government of Hawaii, including the former Republican governor (a friend of Sarah Palin’s) has said repeatedly that Obama’s birth certificate is accurate and that Obama really was born in Kapiolani Hospital in Honolulu.

 

kduble
kduble

@roadsidecouch  Even if Obama had been born in Kenya, his mother was a U.S. citizen by birth. Of course, If he was born in Kenya, you still have the problem of birth announcements on the same day in both Honolulu papers and no record of his birth in Kenya.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@GuitarPlayer Sometimes wild-assed characters are put in the VP to shut them up and keep them irrelevant. 

bstewart1987
bstewart1987

@RTGolden1

Military bases overseas are considered US Land. Just as embassies overseas is considered sovereign US land like Texas or Washington.

Daniel
Daniel

@RTGolden1 Hey, that's simple linear thought. What are you, some kind of coastal elitist?

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz He would be a natural born US citizen.  He would be able to hold dual citizenship if his parents wished.  He should be eligible on these grounds, though such a venal sophistic man would be dangerous in the Presidency.

DESERTJIM
DESERTJIM

Yes !!! since when is it acceptable to LIE or FALSIFY documents to avaid The Constitutiion? Laws that are on the books MUST be adhered to or what do we get?? The answer is??? The MESS we have right now. Wake up idiot.

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