It's unclear what Article II of the Constitution means precisely in its requirement that only a "natural born Citizen" of the United States is eligible to become president. The consensus view, never tested in the Supreme Court, is that anyone who did not need to be naturalized to become a U.S. citizen meets that standard. What is absolutely certain, however, is that the objective of that statement is that only citizens with unquestioned loyalty to the United States should hold the office of president.
Does Ted Cruz meet that test? He is a Harvard-trained lawyer, whom we therefore can safely assume is familiar with the Constitution, born with dual citizenship, who waited more than 15 years after completing his legal training to renounce his Canadian citizenship. That sounds like someone who chose to keep his options open until he decided whether Canada or America best suited his megalomaniacal ambitions.
Does he really love America? His demagogic rants sound like someone who might approve of the plutocratic America of the late 19th century but hates the social progress that has been made since then. Personally, I'd be more comfortable if he'd renounce his renunciation and move up to Canada and do his mischief there.
MARTIN BENSKY, Richland