I was on the Manchester New Hampshire WMUR TV web site just now reading comments on an article about an eligibility challenged to Ted Cruz. Here is a bit from one of the comments by Fuzz T Was:
All presidential candidates should be ask[ed] if they are a natural born-Citizen[s] and if so, by providing evidence, how they meet that requirement. The natural born citizen status is met by complying with the (U.S.) common law definition of that term confirmed in Minor and Wong Kim Ark (born in the U.S. to U.S. citizen parents, plural).
So here we go again. Apuzzo, Farrar and ksdb are all out on the Internet saying things like Fuzz. Polls show that Americans are not clear on what the requirements for presidential eligibility are. A 2012 poll reported at WorldNetDaily said that only 1 in 5 believed that a president must have 2 citizen parents. In 2014, a YouGov poll found 76% of Americans think someone born in the US to a US citizen mother and an alien father was eligible. Only a plurality (47%) say that someone born in the US to two alien parents is eligible. 61% say a foreign born child of two US citizen parents, but only 30% say that one US citizen parent for a foreign-born child is sufficient–that’s a pretty small number for the answer most often given by constitutional authorities!
So here we start another election season with the same old birthers trying to misinform an already misinformed public. What should the knowledgeable folks do about this? I’ve been leaving some comments on these web sites. Dave B., Pouge Moran, William Rawle and others have also. I am wondering if it’s worth the effort. I don’t think any of us, or all together, is going to change public opinion from 30% to 70% in favor of what I think is correct. Should we collaborate on some good text to copy and paste? Should we divvy up the web sites where these discussions take place? Should we let the chips fall where they may?