Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Ted Cruz Still Not Eligible To Be President

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was born in Calgary to a U.S. mother and a Cuban-born father. He became a U.S. citizen only by virtue of the Immigration & Naturalization Act, which naturalizes certain children born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent under certain circumstances. Only natural born citizens are eligible to be president--those born on American soil to U.S. citizen parents who don't require an act of Congress to make them a citizen. That was my position when Cruz' name surfaced as a potential president two years ago, and it hasn't changed because the U.S. Constitution hasn't changed on that point since its adoption in 1787 as much as people sought to read it out of the Constitution during the 2008 presidential election.

Cruz' candidacy is an affront to any person who espouses a belief in strict interpretation of the Constitution. I heard WIBC's radio talk show host Tony Katz saying that he wished Cruz would not run for President because he thought he would make a much better choice as a Supreme Court nominee should a Republican win the office in 2016. The fact that Cruz insults the least informed by claiming he's a natural born citizen makes him unfit to serve as a Supreme Court justice as well as president, notwithstanding his Harvard law degree. It tells us he's willing to twist the law to mean anything that serves his own personal agenda. We already have a president who thinks and acts that way. Why would anyone who believes in the rule of law ever support someone like Cruz for president or anything for that matter?


Anonymous said...

You are absolutely correct, unless Cruz was born in foreign lands on an American military base in service of America.

If American mom and Canadian dad lived in Calgary because they just liked being in Calgary, Cruz is out of luck.

Anonymous said...

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out. At least Mr. Cruz's past can factually be traced which is the complete opposite of the absolute phony Barak Hussein Obama. When it comes to the socialist Marxist US Constitution hater in the White House, there is justified doubt he was ever born on American soil. Or that he was ever in many of the places he states he has been... or that anything he says ever bears an ounce of truth.

Eric Morris said...

Non CONstitutional following Isreal-firster; sounds like a normal Republican to me. I don't like the Dems either, but their queen makes a good Republican as well. At least she was born here:


Josh said...

He also idolised Nelson Mandela at his funeral, Mandela being a marxist revolutionary responsible for hundreds if not thousands of "necklacings". That being said, his voting record is far superior to just about any rino or other rep candidate.

Don Sherfick said...

Well, Gary, kudos on your remaining consistent on this one, insisting that "natural born" as a constitutional requirement for the Presidency in contrast to statutory language concerning citizenship which you argue is inapplicable.

Anonymous said...

Only native-born U.S. citizens (or those born abroad, but only to parents at least one of whom was a U.S. citizen at the time) may serve president of the United States, though from time to time that requirement is called into question, recently in the case of potential 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R - Texas), who was born in Canada to Cuban-born father and a U.S-born mother.

Sir Hailstone said...

Just to throw some gas on the fire ..."THAT BIRTH CERTIFICATE IS A FAKE!!!"

Sir Hailstone said...

and... he was born in 1970?? He's younger than we are Gary. F*** we're getting old!!

Jim Henderson said...

Sorry, Ted's not eligible.

The thirteen original states all adopted English Common Law for the decision of legal questions. Under ECL, only persons born in the realm were natural born subjects. Parliament, by statute, extended NBS status to certain offspring born across seas, in order to allow for the descent of hereditary titles and properties. But the 13 States did not adopt ESL, only ECL. So the meaning of "natural born" inherited in the country by that adoption was limited to persons born on the soil.

By the way, in a bold strike against those who object to so called "anchor babies," under ECL and under the law of this country resulting from the adoption of ECL, it DOES NOT MATTER what the citizenship of a child's parents is, when a child is born here, they are a natural born citizen. The only exception would be children born here while their parents are serving in a diplomatic function for another country.

Here are links to my blog posts explaining why Ted cannot qualify:


As I've staked out this position, I have been treated like a heretic by birthers whose thinking is based on application of legal principles found in Emmerich Vattel's The Law of Nations. Vattel describes citizenship and sets out principles of citizenship that require one to be born on the soil of the nation and to be the child of citizens to be a natural born citizen. Their dependence on Vattel is misguided: