Skip to comments.Coulter: Ted Cruz might not be eligible for the presidency
Posted on 08/13/2013 3:12:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Via Mediaite and MFP, forget the legal niceties about what natural born might or should mean and look at this from a courts perspective. Realistically, no judge is going to disqualify a national figure who stands a real chance of being the nominee of one of the two major parties unless the law leaves them no wiggle room to rule otherwise. Tens of millions of Americans would be willing to vote for Ted Cruz; to strike him from the ballot on a technicality in an ambiguous case would be momentously undemocratic. Against that backdrop, the Supreme Court would almost certainly end up reading natural born in the narrowest way, excluding anyone who was born abroad of two non-citizen parents but including everyone else. Cruz, who was born in Canada but whose mother was a U.S. citizen, would qualify, not only for the reason Ace gives here but more broadly because courts dont want to be seen as hard-ass enforcers of whats perceived by many to be an unusually archaic bit of the Constitution. Theyll dump a true foreigner because they have to. They dont have to dump the son of an American citizen like Cruz, so they wont. Take it to the bank.
But never mind that. Given the angst and ambiguity over the natural born clause in the last two cycles, why not pass an amendment to replace it with something like, say, a 25-year residency requirement? The point of the clause was to make sure that rich foreigners couldnt cross the ocean and buy their way into the presidency, which wasnt a baseless concern for a group of former British subjects who worried about loyalists to the throne subverting the revolution. In practice, though, it means that someone whos born on U.S. soil but lives their entire life abroad, only to return and run for president decades later, is constitutionally more trustworthy than someone like Cruz who was born abroad but has lived his entire life here. Does anyone question whether Ted Cruz, decades later, might be more loyal to Canada than to the U.S.? Right at this moment, House Republicans are gearing up to pass a variation of the DREAM Act that would grant citizenship to illegals who were brought here at a young age by their parents on the theory that the place where youre raised is more likely to shape your patriotic loyalty than the happenstance of your birth. If those kids are trustworthy enough to help decide at the polls who the president should be, why shouldnt they be eligible for the presidency themselves? In a democracy, the president is, or should be, drawn from the citizenry. People who take certain draconian disqualifying actions, like committing felonies, are an exception, but what action has Cruz taken? Replace natural born with a residency requirement, which gives people the power to prove their loyalty, and you solve that problem.
He’s more eligible than Obama ever was, and remember this is Krispy Kreme’s ex wife.
After obozo, any human being born anywhere in the world to parents of any citizenship and residency is eligible.
Go away, Ann.
Aliens are eligible to be elected President unless they are black (or half black) Democrats.
Aliens are not eligible to be elected President unless they are black (or half black) Democrats.
Coulter is already on the road back to supporting a RINO for President in 2016.
Lock and load, the circular firing squad is getting ready to block anyone but those approved by the elite GOP. Yes, that includes you, Annie.
I'll be happy to vote for Cruz when SCOTUS defines him as a Natural Born Citizen. Until then. . .
The author doesn’t think they’d strike Arnold Schwartzenneger from a ballot for President? I sure think they would. Everyone knows he’s not a natural born citizen.
Funny I thought she said the birther thing was “idiotic”.
Good question. And why is she hedging? Ted Cruz is not eligible for the presidency.
Coulter’s been dead to me for a long time.
Works for me.
With tens of millions of impeccably natural born citizens who are objectively and openly anti-American, the notion that being one provides some guarantee of loyalty to this country is more than a little silly.
Yes, but the article says his mother was a US citizen at the time of birth, which is the same clause that the Obama people hang on.
Her horse like lingam is growing turgid for the fat jersey slob again.
I would like to have seen her devote her tremendous analytical skills to this issue, say, 6 or 7 years back.
Instead of mocking anyone who tried to get to the bottom of the intentionally murky biography of a prevaricator who has hidden every piece of his personal history.
While I’ve made it clear I do NOT buy the Odumbo isn’t eligible meme, Rubio is eligible as his mother was American and he was therefore an American citizen when born.
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