It’s official today. Ted Cruz is running for president. The Canadian-born Cruz, with only one U. S. Citizen parent, is blatantly ineligible to the office–if you buy into what the birthers have been saying since late 2008.
Cruz seems to be going for the politically far right by announcing his candidacy at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. How much of that far right crowd will write him off because they think him ineligible? YouGov conducted a poll in August of 2013 and found:
… more than half of Republicans (53%) would [theoretically] disqualify Texas Senator Ted Cruz from the Presidency on principle. Cruz was born in Canada to a mother who was an American citizen, while his father was not. But fewer than one in four Republicans think Cruz was born outside the country; only 10% know his mother was a citizen and his father was not.
Clearly the Cruz camp doesn’t think this issue is a show stopper. I personally think that those who make such a racket over their idiosyncratic definition of “natural born citizen” will readily cast principle aside, and vote based on other considerations, and justify it, if at all, by “if Obama can get away with it…”
In a sense the Cruz controversy takes us back to late 2008 when the first eligibility brief with the two-citizen parent theory appeared. The Supreme Court has refused to hear any of the appeals of these cases, even one this past week, I believe because the issue is settled. Eleven courts ruled the same way, and as federal district judge Gibney said, the question for those born in the country is “well settled.” The same cannot be said for the foreign-born Cruz. While a majority of contemporary authorities seem to conclude that foreign-born citizens at birth are natural born citizens, there is no legal precedent such as US v. Wong to settle the matter. I myself had a very difficult time deciding this question, eventually coming down on the side of “natural born citizen” = “citizen at birth.”
And so we come full circle back to Professor George Gordon’s 1968 scenario for adjudicating the definition of “natural born citizen.” To get this into court and on track for the Supreme Court will take a viable candidate suing Cruz to keep him from being nominated by the Republican Party.
Meanwhile, birthers pleading for legitimacy, take every joke from liberals about Cruz eligibility as justification for their joke of a movement, for example this comment from 1600_Penn:
How can these libtards be conveniently ignorant about Barry, yet appear to have some semblance of understanding about the birth certificate issue when it comes to Cruz?
MAYBE justice IS coming through the back door.
They are setting their own traps!! I do love me some Karma.