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Graham: birther critic running for president

imageNews reports say that my senator, Lindsey Graham, is running for president, and will officially announce his candidacy June 1 in Central, SC. Wow, just wow!

I’m no fan of his, except for his stand on one important issue: birthers. Graham is a double threat to them. First he said, on video, that people who think Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States are crazy. These are his exact words:

The people who are doing unfair and unkind things to the President, it says more about them than it does the Republican Party. What the Republican Party has to do … We have to say “that’s crazy.” So I’m here to tell you that those who think that the President was born somewhere other than Hawaii are crazy.

But not only is he critical of original birtherism; he is also critical of the crank view that U. S. Presidents must be born in the United States to two U. S. citizen parents. He said in a 2008 letter to constituents: “Every child born in the United States is a natural-born United States citizen except for the children of diplomats.”

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Natural born dilemma

The Huffington Post has a new article out by Terry Krepel, “Birthers at WorldNetDaily Won’t Hold Cruz to Same Standard as Obama,” charging WorldNetDaily with hypocrisy, for not raising the same eligibility objections to the foreign-born Ted Cruz as they did against Barack Obama.

Apart from the editorial position of WND, birther commenters there and elsewhere (e.g. Mario Apuzzo and David Farrar) consistently declare the ineligibility of both, although they leave me wondering how they would actually vote. I have a 2016 election poll that I’d really like birthers to respond to:

If the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates were polling within 5% of each other, would you vote

  • Hillary Clinton? (58%, 15 Votes)
  • A third-party candidate you believed eligible? (31%, 8 Votes)
  • For the Republican candidate you liked ideologically, but believed Constitutionally ineligible? (12%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 26

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imageWND has not been completely silent on the issue with an article 2 days ago by Cheryl Chumley titled, “Rubio runs, tea party turns on him.” No loss of irony is seen in her selected quote from Rubio (pictured right) , who called himself “uniquely qualified” for the presidency. Despite that teaser, WND readers will find that the core objections against Rubio are policy based.

Indeed, one has to get pretty deep into the article before they touch the eligibility question:

Meanwhile, others contend Rubio’s not even a natural-born citizen and therefore, ineligible to seek the presidency. Rubio’s parents, as WND previously reported on at least two occasions, were not U.S. citizens at the time of his birth.

The article itself takes no position on Rubio’s eligibility.

Will birthers be the albatross around the Cruz candidacy?

imageIt’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.

Boo yeah!

John Dummett, Jr. for President

imagePrompted by a comment here on the blog, I did a little looking around and found indeed that John Dummett, Jr. has declared himself a candidate for President, and has a page at “The Politics and Governance Portal.” You might want to read the page, that concludes:

With strong right-wing policies that are tenacious and ultimately uncompromising, John Dummet (sic), Jr belongs to a class of strict conservative candidates likely to appeal to voters with traditional values, but at the potential cost of finding moderates unsympathetic to their message.

I gather that Dummett pronounces his name dew-MAY.

The page is also interesting for its list of potential Republican candidates for President in 2016, 64 of them.

Sheriff Joe launches re-election campaign

In an email to supporters today, Sheriff Joe Arpaio wrote:

image[A]s one of my most loyal supporters and friends over the years, I wanted you to hear it from me first.

After much thought, prayers and talks with my loving wife, Ava, I have decided to run for re-election for Sheriff.

Naturally, since it was a fundraising letter, he can’t do it without lots of money. It will be an uphill battle against an array of daunting forces:

Al Sharpton, George Lopez, Linda Ronstadt and a gaggle of other celebrity lefties are using their Hollywood megaphone to slander my name and reputation.

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