The birther movement has largely been seen as a right-wing effort to prove that President Obama was ineligible to run for president, and therefore cannot be president. One of the more common arguments that the birthers use is that a candidate must be born to two U.S. citizens in the U.S., but they’re often strangely silent on the issue when it comes to talking about Ted Cruz’s possible run at the White House. One, however, has spoken up, and it’s about damn time.
Right Wing Watch reported on birther movement leader Richard Mack’s comments, where he said:
I try to say [this] to a lot of people. Ted Cruz cannot run for president of the United States. I like Ted, I’ve met him several times and he’s kind of a friend of mine, but he can’t run for president.
Well glory be, a birther is actually trying not to be a hypocrite! Sadly for us, he’s wrong, and that’s unfortunate because a Ted Cruz presidency would be one of the worst things to happen to us. But most legal scholars consider “natural born citizen” to mean “born to at least one U.S. citizen.” So the other parent can be just a legal permanent resident, or even a citizen of another country, and the child is still considered a natural born U.S. citizen. Someone can also be born on foreign soil, and considered a natural born citizen as long as one parent is a U.S. citizen, under that interpretation.
Cruz’s problem is actually different from Obama’s, because Cruz actually was born outside the U.S. He’s admitted to it, we all know it, and he’s jumped through hoops to renounce his Canadian citizenship. Obama, on the other hand, was born in the U.S., and the only “evidence” out there that he wasn’t comes from conspiracy theorists who are so sure he was born in Kenya they’ll go through all kinds of weird gyrations to “prove” it.
As the Washington Post put it:
Questions about Cruz’s eligibility have everything to do with interpretation of the law; the questions about Obama’s eligibility had everything to do with a dispute over the underlying facts — more specifically, conspiracy theories about whether the president was actually born in the United States, as he claimed, and whether he somehow forged a birth certificate that said he was born in Hawaii.
Of course, there are others in the birther movement, like Joseph Farah, who do nothing but further the idea that the whole thing is more about outrage that a black man is in the White House than it is about constitutionality. Farah is “totally fine” with Ted Cruz running for president. The Raw Story reported, earlier this year, that Farah’s problem is that people weren’t questioning Obama’s eligibility, so therefore they had no right to question Cruz’s, either. Because of that, he labeled everyone as hypocrites and decided he didn’t care if Cruz ran. Especially since Cruz is, in Farah’s words, “a bold, eloquent, charismatic, principled, committed defender of American liberty.”
Tea Party nutjob is more like it. But, if there’s one birther movement leader who is willing to stand up for actual beliefs, instead of attack Obama because he’s black and liberal, then perhaps we’ll either see the end of the birther movement soon, or we’ll actually see some real consistency from those who claim that all they want is to uphold and enforce the Constitution. In the meantime, all we can do is be thankful that their paranoid conspiracy theories haven’t actually gotten them anywhere.