Breitbart News published an article this past April titled, “Cruz Supporters Planning to Launch ‘Ted Cruz Air Force’.” Breitbart describes the TCAF as “a group of zealous supporters of Sen. Ted Cruz.” They’re talking about a blimp and some other aerial promotional activities. So?
The member of the TCAF quoted by the Breitbart article is “Jerry Collette,” a name that should be familiar to long-time readers of this forum as one of the Obama eligibility litigants from Florida, someone who participated for a while on this blog, and the author of the “Do It Yourself Ballot Challenge” kit. The DIY kit alleges that Obama was not eligible to the presidency for any of three reasons:
- That he was foreign born;
- No matter where he was born, he is not a natural born citizen, because he was born of foreign paternity; and
- He became a citizen of Indonesia, and never properly reinstated his U.S. citizenship.
Senator Cruz is undisputedly foreign born with a non-US-citizen father, thereby meeting points 1 and 2 of Collette’s former ineligibility criteria. Given Collette’s reported “zealous” support for Cruz, one cannot help but conclude that Collette has seen the light and recognized the error of his ways. Hallelujah!1
I sincerely doubt that it was the argument here that caused Collette to change his mind, but perhaps it was the argument that Cruz himself presented that turned the tide. Cruz said in Fox News interview:
The facts are clear. I was born in Calgary. My parents, as a legal matter, my mother is an American citizen by birth, and it’s been federal law for over 2 centuries2 that the child of an American citizen born abroad is a citizen by birth, a natural born citizen, which is what the Constitution requires.
H/t to Whatever.
Update: Jerry Collette replies:
My position was not that Obama wasn’t born in the US; it was that he never properly documented his birth. I still have some serious questions about the validity of his documentation, as well as his social security and college records.
When complaints are filed in court, a common practice is to kitchen sink them, on the off chance that some alternative theory might work. I didn’t have much faith in the “natural born” theory which requires the father to also be a citizen, but I put it in my complaint anyway. Since then, my faith in that theory has diminished. Today, I would not advance such a theory.
- Ted Cruz Blimp web site
- Ted Cruz Air Force web site (currently a blank page)
- Ted Cruz Blimp article at Popular Liberty
- Ted Cruz Air Force at TeaParty.org (reprint of Breitbart article)
- Cruz Supporters Planning to Launch ‘Ted Cruz Air Force’ – Free Republic
- Blimp prices – California Blimps
- Airship prices – Galaxy
2Technically Cruz is wrong. The children born abroad of US citizen mothers have acquired US citizenship at birth only since May 24, 1934—not for 2 centuries.