A note on the eligibility of Sen. Cruz

After a week filled with much banter about Sen. Ted Cruz’s eligibility for the office of President of the United States – banter that ranged in tone and content from the conspicuously erudite to the hifalutin’ and nonsensical – I decided to offer my $0.02 on the matter. I’ve also linked to a SoundCloud audio file here, in which I have a little fun playing the professor and hamming it up a little with my delivery.


Alright, folks, I’m only going to say this once: Sen. Cruz meets the Constitutional requirement of natural citizenship for the same reason President Obama meets the same requirement: both have their US citizenship from birth, through their respective mothers.

It does not matter where they came out of their mothers’ bodies (though I do believe the State of Hawaii when it tells me the President was born there).

Here is where you’re going wrong: while it is true that everyone born on US soil is a natural-born citizen, it is not true that no one not born on US soil is a natural-born citizen. Savvy?

Here is what the Constitution says on the matter: “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President[.] (Article II, Section 1)”

Here is the pertinent part of the US Code governing how natural birth is to be understood:

8 U.S. Code § 1401 – Nationals and citizens of United States at birth
The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth:
(g) a person born outside the geographical limits of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents one of whom is an alien, and the other a citizen of the United States who, prior to the birth of such person, was physically present in the United States or its outlying possessions for a period or periods totaling not less than five years, at least two of which were after attaining the age of fourteen years[.]”

“Why did you happen to have all this to hand?” you ask.

I am the proud father of two natural-born US citizens, both of whom were born abroad. Each of my children has a certificate from the US Consulate certifying that they acquired citizenship at birth.

This is important: the certificate is just that – a CERTIFICATE. It doesn’t do anything (we don’t think a birth certificate is required in order for someone to be born, do we?), but only CERTIFIES that something happened.

I never voted for the incumbent POTUS, and I wouldn’t vote Sen. Cruz for dog-catcher, alright? That’s neither here nor there.

Now stop, please.

There are plenty of banana republics in the word for me to report on, without my own country trying to act like one.

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