Ted Cruz Counters Trump at Debate
Fishing waders? Check. Big rubber boots? Check. Respirator? Check. Now, to don it all. Again, the debate last night was missed but plenty of outlets covered the heated discussion between Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Donald Trump regarding the eligibility of Cruz to throw his hat into the ring as a contender for the highest position in the United States.
It’s no secret that this writer believes and contends that Ted Cruz is ineligible to hold the office of president since he does not meet the “natural born citizen” requirement — one of three requirements an individual is required to meet to hold the office. Again, it’s no secret this writer believes and contends Hussein Soetoro is ineligible. However, many conservatives rally around Cruz as “their man,” claim Cruz is eligible to run, and declare Obama ineligible. Yet, the situations on the birth of both Cruz and Hussein Soetoro are the same or very similar. Donald Trump’s offer is still on the table for Hussein Soetoro to provide irrefutable evidence of his “natural born citizen” status.
Since Donald Trump, as well as other citizens, questioned the eligibility of Rubio, Cruz and Jindal, it was no surprise the topic hit the debate floor last evening. If you have stopped here to “blister” on about how Ted Cruz is eligible and want to focus on the eligibility issue, then you will miss the biggest chance to take your pot shots at Grandma Hamner, “the yoyo full of hot air.” Never is an opportunity missed to peg Obama with his arrogance and condescension toward the media, point out Trey Gowdy’s flippant answers to question, Harry Reid’s nastiness, Pelosi’s lack of brains, and in general, call politicians out on their behavior. No politician running for office is immune.
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When Neal Cavuto asked Sen. Cruz to settle his eligibility, Cruz stated, with a bit of a chuckle before speaking, “Well Neal, I’m glad to see we are focusing on the important topics of the evening.”
So, Cruz found the question so funny it deserved a quite flippant answer. No, Donald Trump’s demeanor and attitude is no better at times either, which he displays regularly. However, Cruz, the shining star of self-proclaimed conservatives, engaged in behavior one would expect coming out of the mouth of one Hussein Soetoro. The audience found it funny but no one finds it amusing when the Traitor-in-chief does it. In fact, the audience cheered, applauded and hooted, prompting Cruz to laugh further.
In the statements that followed, Cruz disputed the claim he was not a “natural born citizen” by absolutely using the same terminology Hussein Soetoro and other democrats used — “birther” issue and “birther” theories. Cruz went on to explain what “birther” theories were out there and which ones were extreme.
“At the end of the day, the legal issue is quite straightforward, but I would note that the birther theories, that Donald has been relying on, some of the more extreme ones insist that you must not only be born on U.S. soil, but have two parents born on U.S. soil,” Cruz added. “Under that theory, not only would I be disqualified, Marco Rubio would be disqualified, Bobby Jindal would be disqualified, an interestingly enough, Donald J. Trump would be disqualified. Because Donald’s mother was born in Scotland. She was naturalized. Now Donald, on the issue of citizenship Donald, I’m not going to use your mother’s birth against you.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, the self-proclaimed constitutionalist, declared the founders’ understanding of “natural born citizen” — the same understanding used in the Constitution found in Vattel’s Law of Nations Chap. XIX, paragraphs 211-217 and reiterated in a dissertation by David Ramsey, a founding father and member of the Continental Congress, as extreme. Sen. Ted Cruz, who has read the Federalist Papers, memorized the Constitution, and read the Anti-Federalist Papers, declared the founding fathers’ definition of natural born citizen as extreme. My, my how someone’s position can change when ambition rears its ugly head.
Cruz goes further really in saying “two parents born on US soil” along with the child born on US soil to be a “natural born citizen” as an extreme theory. However, that is not what anyone who has broached this issue has contended. The requirement of natural born citizen is born to two US citizen parents. That would mean two parents born in the US or naturalized before the child’s birth. So, Cruz, as a student of the Constitution, would certainly know this but instead chose only to bring up an issue that few who question his eligibility have brought up — parents being born on US soil. He did get it right that he, Rubio and Jindal are disqualified based on the founders’ understanding and definition.
In a not so surprising move, Cruz pointed out Trump’s mother being a native Scot and becoming a naturalized citizen. Still, it would make Trump the child of two citizen parents. What was Ted Cruz’s motive for pointing that out?
Cruz could not serve as Vice-President either since the natural born citizen requirement is present for the individual serving as VP. Rumors have surfaced that Trump might possibly pick Cruz as a running mate should he win the nomination.
In the exchange that followed, Cruz ended up stating, “Well, listen. I have spent my entire life defending the U.S. Constitution before the U.S. Supreme Court. And I’ll tell you, I’m not going to be taking legal advice from Donald Trump.” He doesn’t need to take advice from anyone regarding his eligibility status. He already knows his status but let ambition glaze his eyes.
There are many issues on which Cruz has taken a stand in defending the Constitution while in the Senate; and, he has put many in their place when needed with his recitation of the Constitution. Plenty of Cruz’s plans and ideas are likeable, and in general, has an overall good personality. Yet, Cruz engaged in deflection, condescension, and a bit of comedy relief in this portion of the debate. It’s disappointing to see someone of Cruz’s character engage in similar tactics as Hussein Soetoro. It’s even worse when that someone’s ambition has clouded that character.
One might be a bit forgiving since Cruz was tackling Donald Trump, an arrogant, egotistical, bravado type of man exuding superiority at times. However, is that what voters have come to expect in candidates? After the seven years of Hussein Soetoro’s condescension, deflection and comedic tendencies, one would think this nation would want to choose someone as a president who stands with dignity, integrity and honor. Sen. Ted Cruz, making light and using condescension, negated and belittled many conservatives who expect the candidates to satisfy the three requirements in the Constitution to hold the office of president. His attitude was truly beneath him and placed him in the boat with Donald Trump and Hussein Soetoro.
Despite all of this, the crowd cheered and applauded Cruz’s tactics. More than likely, some are the same crown booing and hissing at Hussein Soetoro for the same thing. One thing that can be said is there is an entire nation full of hypocrites with dotted bastions of consistent constitutionalists throughout. The nation’s hypocrites will help the left usher in the serfdom of the nation.
As someone said once, “When the foundation gets wrecked, the walls are leaning, and parts of the roof caving in, it’s better to just tear it down to the foundation — begin to repair the foundation by saving as much as possible. Replace what’s wrecked with solid components; then, rebuild the house.”
*Article by Suzanne Hamner