For some unknown reason, we have to talk about the citizenship rules that allow a person to be qualified to be the President of the United States again.
The stupidity of this discussion boggles the mind. It was stupid when it was brought up when Barack Obama first ran in 2008, it was even dumber when issues about John McCain’s Panamanian birth arose, and now is compounded with a new level of stupidity based on the recent disclosure of Sen. Ted Cruz’s birth certificate.
Furthermore, the trolls in the media that have nothing better to do than discuss established law without understanding the law they are discussing are roping in Conservatives, who are falling for the trap. My good friend Leslie P has an excellent piece on this at the Liberty’s Torch.
There are some subtle rules in here, but here is the basic gist of the situation: if you are a child of an American citizen, and you claim American citizenship upon your birth…you are a naturally born citizen of the United States.
There are some minor hurdles however. For example, before a certain date, you needed that parent to reside in the U.S. during some period within 5 years of the birth. And you cannot immediately claim another country’s citizenship, and the later proclaim U.S. Citizenship…that would renounce your American citizenship as natural born.
If you want an extensive run down on the legal case, this was an excellent article from Redstate.com, in two parts. Many little details and nuances are in the laws, but my gestalt is pretty much accurate.
Now, the media has jumped on another little nuance…that Cruz (who is, by all legal criteria, a Natural Born Citizen) is also potentially a Canadian citizen. This actually may be true, based on what some legal scholars in Canada are stating. This is, additionally, also completely irrelevant to the discussion whether Cruz is eligible for the Presidency. Nothing in the Constitution precludes a Natural Born Citizen from having dual citizenship.
What is really intriguing about this is that, if the media had any inquisitive nature at all, that Barack Obama, under Kenyan law, was a KENYAN citizen by birth until the age of 23. Because his father was a Kenyan citizen at birth, Obama automatically was a Kenyan citizen with dual citizenship until the age of 23. At that time, he either had to become a Kenyan citizen in toto, or automatically lost his claim on his Kenyan citizenship, because adults cannot have dual citizenship in Kenya.
Intriguing how the media never picked up on that.
Don’t let the media drive a silly narrative. This is strategic on their part; they think that they can use the birther issue to divide the Right. We conservatives should always base the decision on what the law specifically states. And in this question, there is no debate.