Let's pretend for a moment that President Obama was indeed born in Kenya to his Kenyan father and very American (US Citizen born and raised) mother, that would be okay according to the GOP and supporters of the Canadian born Ted Cruz. Right? Would the "Birther Movement" even exist and would it have lasted as long as it did? Would we know who Orly Tate was? Would President Obama's birth certificate seen the light of day?
Will those same folks who questioned President Obama's legitimacy have similar questions for Ted Cruz, starting now?
According to Ted Cruz, his supporters and a handful of "constitutional scholars," Ted Cruz is eligible to run for President and be elected with no legal questions.
The United States Constitution states:
No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
Additionally -- The Naturalization Act of 1790 states that “children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond the sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens.”
This is the crutch that Ted has latched on to.
In 2008 there was a similar debate regarding the candidacy of Senator John McCain. Senator McCain was born on a US military base in Panama to American parents who happen to be serving the country. To compare the candidacy of Senator McCain to the candidacy of Senator Ted Cruz is preposterous. In fact, a bi-partisan resolution was passed on the floor of the US Senate clearing the way for John McCain to run and avoid any further legal issues, should he have won the election.
So technically if we want to apply this logic and legal argument to the questioning of President Obama's birth, the up front answer could have been a middle finger to the naysayers. If we were to believe the convoluted story that Orly Tate and the "Birther" folks have presented us, President Obama could be President even if he was born in Kenya :)
However, we know that is not true and this is just additional proof that the Republican Party is full of arrogant
racists folks who don't particularly care for the President's skin tone, so they attempted to make his election illegitimate by telling us that he wasn't even technically allowed to run in the first place.
We are only two days into the Ted Cruz candidacy. I just want to make sure that his birth certificate and citizenship get fair scrutiny and the necessary attention it deserves. I've yet to hear any Republicans or "Birthers" speak out about Ted Cruz. I'm hoping that they do in the coming days and continue a crusade all the way to the convention floor. That would only be fair :)
Is Ted Cruz eligible to run for President?