Okay...time for a US History Pop Quiz:
Who qualifies to be president?
a) Born in a foreign country to 2 American-born parents.
b) Born in a foreign country to one American-born parent and one resident alien.
c) Born in the United States to one American born parent and one foreign citizen.
d) Born in a British colony to 2 non-American parents.
e) All of the above
f) A, b, c, but not d
g) None of the above
If you chose “g,” you’ve chosen poorly ~ you’re a birther and really need to either go to school and listen this time, or, at the very least, learn to read.
If you chose “f,” you’re closer but still wrong.
If you chose e, you’re actually know something about this country. Anyone who has half a functioning brain knows that the earliest presidents (8 of the first 9, with Martin Van Buren being the exception) were born British subjects; they could not possibly be born to American citizens because there were no American citizens before June 18th, 1787. If I have to explain that, then maybe you should just skip voting until you have this psyched out.
The first version of the Act of Naturalization was passed in 1790. So, here are the people to whom the choices apply:
a) John McCain – born in the Canal Zone while his dad was stationed in Panama. Kinda the same for Mitt's dad George Romney who ran for president in 1968 was born while his folks were living in Mexico.
b) Ted Cruz – born in Canada…making him a Canadian citizen as well as a US citizen. His mom was born in Delaware, and his dad, a Cuban, was not yet a citizen, but apparently had a green card. His dad was working for an oil company in Calgary, Alberta. By virtue of his mother’s citizenship, he is considered “natural born.”
c) Barack Obama – born in Hawaii (which was already a state) to an American mother from Kansas and a Kenyan father. Because he was born in the US, he is automatically a citizen. That his mother was American is nice, but he would still be a citizen without her. His father doesn’t matter at all.
d) George Washington. He was a resident when America became the United States, and was therefore considered a “natural” citizen and was eligible to be President…as were John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Jackson, and William Henry Harrison. (#8, Van Buren, born in 1782...after the Declaration of Independence, was a mere stripling…55 years old… when he became president in 1837.)
Now, does everyone have that straight? Ted Cruz, even though he was born in Canada and first renounced his Canadian-by-birth citizenship in 2014, is eligible to be president. So is, come to think of it, Bobby Jindal who was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to parents from Punjab, India.
Let’s get something straight right from the get-go: there will be no tit-for-tat birther baloney in this blog. Cruz and Jindal may be elitist, hate-mongering, misogynistic pond scum, but they are American pond scum and as such, have the right (certainly not the left) to run for POTUS.
But it’s Ted Cruz who has thrown the first hat into the ring. There are some fundamental things wrong with Cruz, not the least of which is his lack of experience with telling the truth. The guy has a Christie-sized problem with doing his due diligence on information. I suppose you can blame his peeps, but he has to own some of this, too. Stuff like “skyrocketing” insurance premiums; advocating for smaller government and not letting the government get between a person and HIS doctor, except that same paradigm doesn’t apply to women seeking comprehensive reproductive health care. Then it’s perfectly okay to interject the government, a magic wand, and whatever the hell else he thinks is necessary to prevent a woman from obtaining birth control. And for the son of an immigrant who was born in another country, his stand…or lack thereof…on immigration makes no sense whatsoever. Still, enough people bought into his cockabarley to make him a Senator.
Now, here’s the part I don’t get: why announce the candidacy now?
It’s pretty clear that even as a teapot conservative this guy doesn’t stand a chance. He gives this whacko speech at Liberty University, the world’s largest Christian university…and it’s such a jumble of contradictions that who knows what the hell he stands for…that is when he’s not trying to channel John Lennon who would’ve probably sued the pants off him for even intimating there is a similarity between them. The papers are already skewering him into next week and beyond. This guy is a patsy.
Nope; he's no player. He’s a diversion. Someone set him up for this, and I think it was someone who is hoping he’ll seem to be so far to the right that Jeb’s gonna look like a centrist-moderate kinda candidate.
This is a wee bit o’sleight’o’hand meant to divert our attention for a moment so the "right" candidate can come on like the party savior. The GOP doesn’t have a reliable candidate, at least not yet, and they are gonna parade these guys like a perp walk until they can get a pulse on who is even remotely electable.
Oh, wait! Muppet News Flash: Donald Trump is questioning Ted Cruz’s citizenship creds!
The morons are beginning to ooze out from beneath their rocks! Everybody ready?????
And I will make this solemn promise to you all: I will hock, I will rant, I will rave, and I will calls those sleazy morons a variety of names…but I will work diligently to get my facts straight. And if you catch any incorrectness, you let me know right away and I will correct it.
We’re talking about facts here…not opinions. I retain my right to opine at will. And I will opine so don't you be worrying your heads about that one.
The game’s afoot! Let the fun begin!
The Wifely Person's Tip o'the Week
Shooting off your mouth or your typing figure without vetting stuff is just plain wrong.