Just when you thought that the whole “birther” issue, which which right-wingers attempted to use against president Obama during his first term, was finally put to bed for all but the most extremist “Flat Earth” believers, it rears its ridiculously bejeweled head yet again. Only this time, “Birther, The Sequel” is none other than one of the Tea Party’s rising stars, ultra-conservative republican senator Ted Cruz from Texas.
Cruz, a first-term senator, took office in January 2013. He’s already made a name for himself by advocating shutting down the government by refusing to raise the debt ceiling by September 30, 2013, to force the total defunding of Obamacare. More moderate republicans have actually come out and publicly distanced themselves from Cruz’s government shutdown plan, since they are wise enough to understand that the first casualty in any such shutdown will be the republican party.
Cruz also opposes any from of gun control, same-sex marriage, and significantly, immigration reform. Thus, it’s fair to say that he is probably more right-wing than 95% of his own party’s senators and congressmen.
The birther issue actually began in modern times against Barack Obama, when some extremist put a story on the internet claiming that Obama’s middle name was “Mohammed”. Even after his birth certificate from Hawaii was released (the first time), other extremists began alleging that the certificate was false and that Obama was actually born in Kenya to a Kenyan father. That, they claimed, made Obama ineligible to run for president of the USA, because one must be a “natural born American citizen” to run for that office.
That Obama’s mother was an American was never disputed. That’s very important, as you’ll note further down.
As a fast-moving rising star among the most extremist right wing base of the GOP, Ted Cruz has already dropped hints about possibly (probably) running for president of the USA in 2016. Unfortunately for him and his plans, in what could be the most classic case of “what goes around comes around” within the past 100 years, it appears that certain entities, not the least of which are extremist right wingers, are raising questions about Ted Cruz’s eligibility to run for president.
You see…Ted Cruz was born in Canada, of a Cuban father and an American mother.
Once this became publicly known, ultra-right-wing author Ann Coulter and ultra-right wing gazillionaire Donald Trump made public statements alleging that Cruz is not a natural born citizen. As a result, he would not be eligible to become president of the USA. They claim that if Cruz was born in Canada, he cannot be a “natural-born citizen” of the USA..
Interestingly, John McCain, the republican presidential candidate in 2008, was born in the Panama Canal Zone, which, while under US control at the time, was still part of Panama. But McCain’s father and mother were both American citizens. As a result, and in accordance with the US constitution and federal law, John McCain was born an American citizen, making him “natural born”.
So let’s see: Ted Cruz: born in Canada; father Cuban; mother American.
Barack Obama: born in Hawaii, USA; father Kenyan; mother American.
But even if Obama was born in Kenya (as the lunatics still allege), wouldn’t he have then been in the same category as the ultra-right wing Cruz?
To be clear, constitutional scholars are unanimous that Cruz is a “natural born American citizen”. Thus, that would mean that Obama, EVEN IF he had been born in Kenya, would ALSO be a “natural born American citizen”. The key is that both of their mothers were American.
That Obama was actually and verifiably born in Hawaii renders the whole argument moot anyway….UNLESS you’re a member of the “Flat Earth Society” or another similarly illogical group…like republicans. But there is a certain poetic justice occurring here with Cruz…don’cha think?
But wait! There’s MORE!!!!
The film divisions (not the news divisions) of both NBC and CNN are producing what are described as biographical documentaries about Hillary Clinton. This has absolutely terrified the GOP because of the possibility (probability?…one can hope…) that Hillary might run for president in 2016. Consider that the GOP is presently waging civil war against itself, what with moderates like Chris Christie battling libertarians like Rand Paul. Both are battling ultra-conservatives (like Ted Cruz) who are sucking up to the more extreme fringes of the already fringe Tea Party. Against this backdrop Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus recently warned CNN and NBC that if they broadcast these Hillary Clinton biographies, the GOP will boycott both TV channels, excluding them from covering the 20 (or 100) 2016 republican presidential debates!
Yep! Priebus put his foot down. Those ultra-liberal press outlets won’t be allowed to broadcast the lunatic fringe debates to any swing voters who like those two TV stations!
Priebus’s message is clear: “Don’t can’t screw with the GOP!!!!”
You just can’t make this stuff up, folks.