Ted Cruz's presidential bid raises questions about meaning of 'natural born citizen'

September 24, 2013 

Ted Cruz's enthusiastic entry into the race for the 2016 Republican nomination creates an amusing quandary for the "birthers" who still swear that Barack Obama was not a "natural born citizen" of the United States. Obama's and Cruz' mothers were U.S. citizens, while neither of their fathers were. Obama was allegedly born in Kenya, though the evidence clearly refutes that assertion. Cruz was indisputably born in Canada.

So is Canada less "foreign" than Kenya? In the movie, Protocol, years ago, Goldie Hawn claimed that Canada was not really a foreign country because it's "like attached," but most of us agree that Canada and Kenya are foreign. Debate over the definition of "natural born" goes back a long way and is extraordinarily complex, but if Obama was ineligible if he was born in Kenya, there is absolutely no case for claiming that Cruz is eligible.

Recent interviews with Donald Trump and a few Texas "birthers" were hilarious as they stumbled around helplessly trying to somehow reconcile that Cruz is a legitimate contender but Obama was not. The Democrats have not been able to shut the birthers up these past five years, but now Cruz is going to make that issue quietly disappear.

MARTIN BENSKY, Richland

Tri-City Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service