Washington Moonie Times editorial board seems to think that liberals have suddenly become birthers when it comes to Ted Cruz. This is both inaccurate and hypocritical, since they themselves have been on the birther bandwagon from the start.
Agunfighter always shoots at the man he fears most. So the guns of the left have been aimed at Ted Cruz, the charismatic senator from Texas who’s looking at the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.
Many liberals who not so long ago derided anyone who questioned President Obama’s American birth as a “birther” are asking similar questions now about Mr. Cruz’s eligibility to hold the nation’s highest office. Mr. Cruz was born in Canada but was an American citizen at birth because his mother is an American citizen, born in Delaware. The Constitution stipulates that a president must be “a natural born citizen,” without defining the term.
They don’t name any liberals who are questioning Cruz’s eligibility. I don’t know of any. I know many who are making the argument that by the same reasoning the birthers used to dismiss Obama’s eligibility, Cruz would not be eligible. But even if there were liberals who were claiming Cruz isn’t eligible because he was born in another country, there is no hypocrisy there because of one crucial difference: Obama actually was born in the United States. Cruz wasn’t.
I don’t think that matters one bit in either case. If you are born to American parents, you are an American citizen by birth. It doesn’t matter where you were born. Is anyone seriously going to argue that if an American couple goes on vacation while the women is pregnant and she goes into labor and delivers in another country that the child is not a natural-born citizen? That’s ridiculous. But ridiculous is the right’s peculiar specialty.
The hypocrisy here is on the part of the Moonie Times, which was arguing for years that if Obama was not born in the United States, he’s not a natural-born citizen. So were they lying then out of political convenience in order to hurt their political enemies? Or are they lying now out of political convenience in order to help their political allies?