Senator Ted Cruz, (R – sociopath) may be a shameful opportunist but he wants you to know he is proud naturalized American. The kind that was born in another country and therefore probably ineligible to be President. Which clearly means “both sides” do it:
WaPo — Now the Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship,” Cruz said in a statement. “Assuming that is true, then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship. Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. senator; I believe I should be only an American.” The Dallas Morning News wrote in a story posted late Sunday night that Cruz likely remains a Canadian citizen, by virtue of being born there to an American mother.
Cruz said his mother told him that he could claim his citizenship if he ever wanted to, but that he never pursued it and thought the matter was settled.
Legal experts say that Cruz is a Canadian citizen regardless of whether he asked for it or not.
I’m not sure how that works as far as the Constitution. It states clearly in Article 2 “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.” This was reportedly done to avoid icky European monarchical influence back in the day.
That’s understandable in the light of colonial and Revolutionary history. But it might really mean Cruz or anyone else born on foreign soil isn’t eligible to be President. If so it’s certainly out of date and worthy of being rewritten, which is to say it’s possible pre-term Jesus didn’t hand that part to Moses from a flaming bush.
None of this would have happened if Cruz’s birther pals hadn’t kicked up a race-based fuss about Obama. There’s a certain fitting irony there. It’s equally ironic that Mitt Romney wasn’t quite a full-blooded American according to some people because he was born a Mormon and John McCain might be challenged because he was born in the Panama Canal Zone. McCain’s eligibility is probably legally justified even with a narrow reading of Article 2, the zone was technically a US territory or Commonwealth or one of those gray regions at the time of McCain’s birth.
So, sorry about the misleading lede, I haven’t seen much in the way of both sides do it on this. Probably for good reason, both sides don’t, only one does. I worked against McCain-Palin with everything I had and celebrated, near ecstatic, the night they lost by a wide margin. But I am nowhere near the lone, brave progressive voice saying it: no matter the party or the circumstances, anyone who survived years of torture as an American POW in an enemy camp more than deserves the opportunity to run for any elected office they wish. If that’s not a no-brainer I don’t know what is.
I’d like to see the way cleared for Cruz as well. I relish the thought of trouncing him fair and square even more. But I think he may be engaging in wishful thinking: Cruz’s biggest obstacle to the Oval Office isn’t his birth certificate among progressives and independents in a general election, it’s the color of his skin and familial surname among his fellow right-wing Republicans in the qualifying clown car primary.