What a dichotomy of political events in seven years when conservatives questioned the current president, Mr. Obama and his factual birth place if he was natural born, and what inauguration day, one year from now January 20, 2017, the U.S. will swear in our 45th president.
That is, unless the inauguration is delayed by a court case, which begins to look inevitable if U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas receives a majority of the electoral vote.
Cruz leap into front-runner role for the Republican nomination has rekindled a 150-year-old debate over whether a child born abroad to a U.S. citizen (one not stationed overseas) in U.S. service is “natural born” and eligible to be president.
There is little question Mr. Cruz is a citizen, unless his mother, Delaware born Eleanor Darragh, somehow lost her citizenship. From my research, for generations, Americans have routinely accepted any citizens as eligible regardless where he, or she was born. But here is the kicker the Constitution sets specific, stricter requirements for president and vice president. The U.S. Supreme Court has never settled whether a foreign-born citizen is “natural” by birth, or born a citizen only by law under an act of Congress.
The sooner this can be adjudicated, the better. Conservative voters seek a president who promotes a conservative interpretation of the founders’ original intent, and they might like to know whether that allows a President Cruz. Parenthetically, it has to be noted why Mr. Obama breezed thru this same hullabaloo seven years without any consequences.
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