He’s the first official candidate to declare out of more than a dozen high-profile Republicans considering running for president…and if we cannot have LTC Allen West, Ted Cruz is the next best thing. Announcing his intentions in a 30-second video embedded in a tweet released at 12:09 AM Monday morning, TEA Party favorite Ted Cruz is everything Republicans should be but sadly are NOT…that is if he does NOT go so far in pandering to the ubber religious right…the ones with their ‘better a muslim we know than a Mormon we don’t know’ attitude that helped get Obama re-elected…that he actually…dare I say it…starts shaking hands with the left. (See Ted Cruz’s tweet released video announcement here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulzfbe6H5qY)
Thankfully, I do NOT think he will as Ted Cruz ranks high on the list amongst true Constitutional conservatives, but unfortunately to date has NOT registered in the top five in the polls simply because he does NOT tow the so-called establishment Republican line. Instead, Ted Cruz appeals to Tea Partiers and we who are know as TEApublicans, because he has the courage to take on NOT only the Obama regime itself but the RINOS and the actual party establishment as well.
An ‘ideological hard-liner’ who tells voters to challenge others wanting to be the Republican nominee NOT just on their words but on their all-important actions, Ted Cruz strongly opposes ObamaCare…in fact his announcing cleverly comes on the fifth anniversary of ObamaCare’s passing…opposes Common Core and the IRS, supports a balanced budget and the flat tax, knows who America’s enemies are and rightfully stands strong with both our military and with Israel, along with his being more than just a wee bit willing to shut down Obama’s corrupt federal government. And Ted Cruz has NO use for those who refuse to stand strong with the rule of law that is our Constitution or with those who fear standing strong against the Obama progressive liberal agenda that unfortunately seems to be overtaking our country.
And as for the polls themselves, a recent Real Clear Politics average of the latest polls…polls really taken too far out to truly matter in the end…show that Cruz must gain broader support in the GOP base if he is to get the nomination as right now they have him earning just 4.6% of the support of likely Republican voters nationwide, and just 4.3% and 4.4% respectively of the support of likely GOP voters in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire. But after the debates…and debating is a Ted Cruz strong point…these numbers will most assuredly climb upwards…way upwards…especially when an even more recent Quinnipiac University poll has 45% of Republicans seeing Cruz in a positive light, compared with only 8% who do NOT. But with 46% saying that to date they do NOT know enough about him to form an opinion…those are the ones Cruz…and we who support him…will have to court.
And while first-term Senator Ted Cruz will most likely face many questions over his experience…as did Obama in 2008…he has a more critical issue that must be addressed and then being put to rest once and for all…an issue that some ‘supposedly’ on our side will NOT let go of…and that is does Ted Cruz meet the presidential requirement of being a ‘natural-born’ citizen. I say of course he does, and so do lawyers from both parties at the U.S. Supreme Court who recently wrote in the Harvard Law Review that Cruz does indeed meet the Constitutional standard to run.
But sadly, like I said, some on our side continue to insist that Cruz is NOT eligible to run claiming over and over ad-nauseum that he does NOT meet the definition of a ‘natural-born’ citizen as he was actually born in Canada. And to make it worse, they refuse to budge in their stubbornness, mostly for fear of being called racists because they (rightfully) claimed America’s (supposed) first black president…Barack HUSSEIN Obama…was NOT ‘natural born’. Fearing the backlash from the likes of race-baiters Al Sharpton and Eric Holder, these folks would rather be politically correct than Constitutionally correct.
And that’s sad as these folks clearly or willfully forget that our Constitution in NO way defines ‘natural-born’ citizen. And while Article 2 of the Constitution does state, “no person except a natural born citizen…shall be eligible to the Office of President,” it’s the Founders and Framers very words combined with statutes enacted by the First Congress that must be the determining basis for defining ‘natural-born.’ And accordingly, many Constitutional attorneys and scholars contend that ‘natural-born’ meant and still means being born either abroad to American parents, or being born within this nation’s territorial borders regardless of parental citizenship.
In fact, the Congressional Research Service (a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress who work exclusively for Congress providing policy and legal analysis to both houses regardless of party affiliation) supports that very view saying,“The weight of scholarly legal and historical opinion indicates that the term means one who is entitled under the Constitution or laws of the United States to U.S. citizenship “at birth” or “by birth,” including any child born “in” the United States, even to alien parents (other than to foreign diplomats serving their country), the children of United States citizens born abroad, and those born abroad of one citizen parent who has met U.S. residency requirements.”
And herein lies the key to Cruz’s ‘natural-born’ citizenship status and re-read these words very carefully, ‘one who is entitled under the Constitution or laws of the United States to U.S. citizenship “at birth” or “by birth.” And in the case of Ted Cruz the words “at birth” are that key as Cruz’s mother, a U.S. born American citizen, conferred citizenship to Ted under ‘The Nationality Act of 1940′ which states which children become “nationals and citizens of the United States at birth.” Stating those born in the United States or born outside the United States to at least one parent who was a citizen at the time of the child’s birth allows citizenship to go to that child “at birth” if that citizen parent spent a certain number of years in the U.S.
And this is where Ted Cruz’s American citizenship is most assuredly gotten as Cruz being born to an America citizen mother, was able to assume his citizenship “at birth” because under the law in effect between 1952 and 1986…with Cruz being born in 1970…someone must have a citizen parent who resided in the United States for at least 10 years, including five years after the age of 14, in order to have American citizenship conferred to them.
So to put aside the fears of those on our side who say…for whatever reasons…that Ted Cruz is NOT a ‘natural-born’ citizen, the indisputable fact is that Ted Cruz’s mother, Eleanor Darragh, was born and raised in the United States…in Wilmington, Delaware…did NOT go to Canada until her mid-to late 20s, and did NOT give birth to Ted until into her 30’s…way beyond the Constitutionally mandated 5-year-post-age-14 residency requirement…meaning American citizenship was conferred to Ted Cruz at the time of his birth…period.
So this should hopefully end the quandary of Ted Cruz’s eligibility issue once and for all, and allow us to unite behind the only true Constitutional Conservative out of the bunch that appears to be in the running.
“I believe in America and her people, and I believe we can stand up and restore our promise. It’s going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to help make America great again. And I’m ready to stand with you to lead the fight,” Ted Cruz said in his declaration of candidacy and I believe in and support Ted Cruz…now we just need him to pick the right running mate…a woman perhaps…. Michele Bachmann comes to mind…just saying.