Does Sen. Ted Cruz Misunderstand “Natural Born Citizen,” or Simply Not Care?

CONSTITUTIONAL REQUIREMENT IGNORED

by Sharon Rondeau

Has Sen. Ted Cruz studied the history and meaning of the “natural born Citizen” clause?

(Feb. 16, 2014) — In his Twitter feed on Sunday, Sen. Ted Cruz tweeted an image of a painting by Steve Penley commemorating Presidents’ Day on Monday and discussed on Fox News that morning.

The painting contains the faces of Presidents Ronald Reagan, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, George Washington, and, most prominently in the center, Barack Hussein Obama.

Cruz reportedly may run for president in 2016 and currently is the junior U.S. Senator from Texas.  He was born in 1971 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to a U.S.-citizen mother and Cuban-citizen father and automatically given Canadian citizenship along with U.S. citizenship.  After releasing his long-form birth certificate in August, discussion ensued on Fox News and at other outlets about Cruz’s eligibility for the presidency given that Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires that the president and commander-in-chief be a “natural born Citizen” and not simply “a Citizen,” as is required of members of Congress.

Newsmax and other outlets reported on Saturday that Cruz is expected to be warmly welcomed later this year in New Hampshire and Iowa, which are considered “critical presidential primary states.”  Newsmax is asking readers for their “opinion” about Cruz’s potential presidential run, but there is no area in which comments can be included.

Obama and Cruz appear to share the same eligibility challenge.  While Obama reportedly “lost” his British, and then Kenyan, citizenship upon his 23rd birthday, Cruz pledged to begin the process of renouncing his Canadian citizenship last year.  On January 4, Cruz said that his “lawyers are preparing the paperwork.”

Obama claims that he was born in Hawaii to a U.S.-citizen mother and father who was a citizen of Great Britain, therefore making him a dual citizen, which has been confirmed by the U.S. State Department.

Over the last several years, both Republicans and Democrats have attempted unsuccessfully to alter the “natural born Citizen” requirement.  During the 2008 presidential election, anyone questioning Obama’s eligibility was ridiculed, silenced or threatened.

From more than two centuries ago, the Constitution is silent on whether or not a dual citizen can be considered a “natural born Citizen,” but historically, the citizenship of the parents determined that of the child, not the birthplace, as is commonly believed today.  Sen. John McCain, who also ran twice for president, was born in Panama to two U.S.-citizen parents and awarded Panamanian citizenship, which he never claimed over his U.S. citizenship.

Many scholars believe that the term “natural born Citizen” means a person born in the United States to two U.S.-citizen parents based on the findings in the 1874 U.S. Supreme Court case, Minor v. Happersett.  The Michigan Law Review states that “anyone born on American soil whose parents are citizens of the United States is a ‘natural born citizen.’ Anyone whose citizenship is acquired after birth as a result of naturalization is not a natural born citizen.”

Whether or not McCain or Obama qualifies as a “natural born Citizen” was the subject of two lawsuits filed by another presidential candidate, Cody Robert Judy, in Judy v. McCain and Judy v. Obama in 2008.

Doubts about Obama’s life story and birthplace persisted beyond 2008 and were heightened, not diminished, by the release of the long-form birth certificate image on the White House website in April 2011 which was determined to be “100% fraudulent” by a law enforcement investigation.  Stemming from that probe is a second criminal investigation which has uncovered that a member of an apparent Obama disinformation cabal is employed by DARPA, a division of the Department of Defense which engages in psychological operations and cyber-intelligence.

An incident involving more than 100 law enforcement officers from the local, county, state and federal levels in Madisonville, TN which culminated in an innocent man being sent to federal prison for four years has long been identified by The Post & Email as “going right up to the White House” as a result of discussions carried out by known members of the cabal at The Fogbow.

A second man, Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, who had a court hearing on April 20, 2010, the day of the massive officer deployment, has had his military pension cut by two-thirds for the past 27 months without an explanation.  Both Fitzpatrick and the imprisoned man, Darren Wesley Huff, had spoken out about local corruption in Monroe County, TN.

In March 2009, Fitzpatrick filed a complaint of treason against Barack Hussein Obama which was never answered.

In December 2010, Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin was sentenced to six months in prison, loss of pension, pay and a dishonorable discharge for failing to follow orders which he claimed might be illegal because of Obama’s unresolved constitutional eligibility question.  Lakin had first approached those in his chain of command and his congressional delegation with the question of Obama’s constitutional eligibility to no avail.

Almost two years after the Cold Case Posse announced its findings of forgery, Congress has failed to launch an investigation or empanel a special grand jury to examine the evidence compiled by the posse and other analysts.

An email received by The Post & Email in November stated that the punishments of Lakin, Huff, and Fitzpatrick were effected by design and threatened this writer with the specter of jail time for continuing to report on the Obama eligibility/identity issue.  The names of investigators who have carried out the two respective criminal investigations, Mike Zullo and Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio, were also invoked.

The Post & Email responded to Cruz’s tweet that with a foreign-citizen father, Obama does not qualify under the U.S. Constitution as a “natural born Citizen” and therefore should not appear in Penley’s painting.

Another Twitter follower commented to Cruz, “He [the painter] should have replaced Obama with Jefferson.”

Later in his Twitter feed, Cruz issued a tweet which decried Obama’s “disregard for law.”  Cruz is known as a constitutional conservative who is often vocally opposed to the Republican “establishment” members of Congress.

Cruz’s father has been presented with a “Sheriff’s Kit” produced with information from Zullo on the Obama birth certificate forgery (scroll down).

Last month, The Post & Email contacted Cruz’s press representative to ask about his view of the “natural born Citizen” clause and other matters but never received a response.  Our queries arose after a reader asked if The Post & Email could repost an open letter written to Cruz by Barbara Ketay of the North American Law Center (NALC), whose permission we received at that time.

We now reproduce the letter, as it now seems appropriate:

December 18, 2013

 

Honorable Senator Ted Cruz
Dirksen Senate Office Bldg.
Suite 185
Washington, DC 20510

(Cc’d all State Offices)

RE: Your date with Honor

Dear Senator Cruz,

Seldom do we have an appointment with destiny wherein our actions will make history as being either righteous or self-serving.

Seldom, if ever, are we presented with an opportunity to protect and preserve the course of freedom and liberty in our beloved America, by simply doing what we know is righteous, rather than self-serving.

Seldom does one have the national platform to act as God ordains Christians to act…do the right and honorable thing, and leave the consequences to Him.

Senator, you stand on the precipice of true greatness. The above opportunities are yours for the taking.

The God who we worship, has placed you in a truly unique position, and is saying to you,

“I will help you. I will strengthen you. I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness…Do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall wear…Cast all your anxieties on God because I care for you…The Lord is your light and your salvation: whom shall you fear? The Lord is the stronghold of your life: of whom shall you be afraid?”

Senator Cruz, you have been placed in the position to end the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the United States of America, and to stop the systematic destruction of our Country. The action required is simple – but not easy, for it requires a selfless act of love and concern for others, and calls upon you to do the right thing. Yes, some will call it a true act of heroism.

Senator Ted Cruz, as a true Christian, you must say to the nation and the world…

“It has been the delight and honor of my life that so many Americans have found me worthy of their respect and admiration, and have wanted me to run for president or vice president. But the truth is, I am not eligible for either office according to the United States Constitution Article II, Section I, Clause V wherein only a Natural Born Citizen of the United States, born of an American Citizen Father, can seek or hold these offices. I know that the Founders, in their brilliance, set this standard based on the Biblical principles of Natural Law, wherein the name, citizenship and birthright of a child was always passed by the blood of the father. Knowing this beyond question, a proud son of my Cuban father, I am not now, nor can I ever be, a Natural Born Citizen of the United States. Therefore, based upon unquestionable and prima facie evidence, I state for the record that Barack Hussein Obama, the son of a Kenyan Citizen father, is not now, nor has he ever been, nor will he ever be a Natural Born Citizen of the United States. I call for the immediate resignation of Barack Hussein Obama and the legitimate investigation into all who are involved in the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the United States and the world, as well as all who have engaged in the greatest political cover-up in the history of politics.”

The gauntlet has been thrown down. Will you, Senator Cruz, pick it up and run with it? What will the annals of history record? More importantly, what will the record of heaven show?

In this wonderful and blessed season of Christmas we are reminded about giving…God gave the gift of His son Jesus; Mary gave the gift of her reputation in order to be obedient; Joseph gave the gift of love to Mary in obedience; the Wise Men brought gifts to honor and worship the new King. In the spirit of Christmas Senator, you alone have the opportunity and the calling from God to give a magnificent gift to millions of Americans, and freedom seeking people all over the world…the gift of returning this Country to what God intended it to be.

“No person, except a natural born Citizen…shall be eligible to the Office of President…”

We call upon you Senator, to answer what we believe to be a divine calling, to stand like a rock upon the Word of God and the precepts of our Founding Fathers, to call out the evil in our land; to give of yourself for a cause much greater, the cause of freedom, liberty, truth and justice; to stand before God and all of mankind and proclaim the truth; to keep your sacred oath to protect and defend the Constitution of these United States and protect the American people from all enemies, foreign and domestic; to be the light that your father believes you are ordained by God to be…

If you do this Senator, I assure you that millions of Americans will stand with you, protect you, honor you and forever hold you in high regard as a man of great faith, great honor, and unparalleled courage and decency.

I will stand with you Senator… We will stand with you.

I pray for your courage and honor Senator, and await your response. I remain, in His Service…

Respectfully, on behalf of The North American Law Center,

Barbara Ketay,

Co-Founder, NALC

10 Responses to "Does Sen. Ted Cruz Misunderstand “Natural Born Citizen,” or Simply Not Care?"

  1. Robert Laity   Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Cruz is a hypocrite and fraud. He is NOT eligible to be President. Cruz is NOT a Natural-Born American Citizen.

  2. Loggia   Monday, February 17, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Case in point: America has fallen to #46 on the World Press Freedom Index.

    We SHOULD be NUMBER ONE!

  3. OPOVV   Monday, February 17, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Dear Editor;
    Years ago, when, precisely, I don’t know as to the exact year/day/hour/minute the two political parties in the United States merged into one voracious animal, devouring the Constitution at every available opportunity, I don’t know.
    But this I do know: the Democratic and Republican political parties DID merge into the “Federal Reserve Party of the United States of America” years ago.
    It’s a system identified by “talking points” and form letters.
    A system of control that has slowly (and now accelerating) its total annihilation of the Bill of Rights.
    The Truth has become the #1 enemy: dare not think it, write nor speak the Truth.
    Cruz is but an insignificant little wheel, as is Obama/Holder/the Administration and all Obots who have turned traitor to the utopian philosophy that each person has standing because he or she is a sovereign individual blessed with inalienable rights.
    That’s all there is to it: Totalitarianism marching inexorably over and through us all unless, of course, we gather the courage to stop it.
    We must stand together or get trampled-on together.
    Semper Fi,
    OPOVV

  4. DOTK   Monday, February 17, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    In answer to your original question…Cruz does not care. He will violate Article II section I clause V of the constitution if given the chance. He is a politician after all and is as self serving as the next one. It is the voters who must stop him cold. He IS eligible for the senate and needs to remain there. Other than a governorship, he is not eligible for any higher elected office and that means he is out as a VP candidate as well. He will not do the right thing! Why should he? Should he be the one single soul to step out and tell the truth? He cannot and will not.

  5. Loggia   Monday, February 17, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    This is most informative and edifying.

    Then the question remains, WHO will enforce, WHO will report (a huge problem with a wilted press corps in the mainstream), and WHO will demand obedience to our laws?

    The Law forbids employing illegal aliens and yet it is rampant.

    The Law demands a valid driver’s license to drive, yet illegal aliens are driving all over the US, without insurance, and are often allowed to continue when stopped.

    The Bible asks the salient question: Psalm 11:3-

    “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”

  6. slcraig   Monday, February 17, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Cruz is NOT a “Statesman”, at least not of the nature Justice Story had in mind when he wrote in his “Commentaries on the Constitution” ;

    ” … § 1473. It is indispensable, too, that the president should be a natural born citizen of the United States; or a citizen at the adoption of the constitution, and for fourteen years before his election. This permission of a naturalized citizen to become president is an exception from the great fundamental policy of all governments, to exclude foreign influence from their executive councils and duties. It was doubtless introduced (for it has now become by lapse of time merely nominal, and will soon become wholly extinct) out of respect to those distinguished revolutionary patriots, who were born in a foreign land, and yet had entitled themselves to high honours in their adopted country. A positive exclusion of them from the office would have been unjust to their merits, and painful to their sensibilities. But the general propriety of the exclusion of foreigners, in common cases, will scarcely be doubted by any sound statesman. It cuts off all chances for ambitious foreigners, who might otherwise be intriguing for the office; and interposes a barrier against those corrupt interferences of foreign governments in executive elections, which have inflicted the most serious evils upon the elective monarchies of Europe. Germany, Poland, and even the pontificate of Rome, are sad, but instructive examples of the enduring mischiefs arising from this source….”

    Cruz admits to the strong influences of his father upon the development of his character & passions.
    But how can he say on the one hand that he supports and will protect and defend the Constitution and then on the other hand allow his political ambitions to ignore the “exclusionary prerequisite imperative requirement provision” expressed at A2S1C5 and not seek to publically debate the intent of the “natural born Citizen” requirement and his status under FEDERAL LAW;

    Judge Thomas Anderson of USDC for the Western District of Tennessee Western Division in Case 2:12-cv-02143-STA; recently found in a Ruling on Motions in a Case at Bar;

    “… ANALYSIS .. It is undisputed that the material fact at issue in this case is whether under the circumstances of President Obama’s birth, the President is a “natural born citizen,” a term set out in the United States Constitution and construed under federal law.
    And;
    “…The federal issue presented is obviously contested in this case. Likewise, the Court holds that the federal issue is substantial…”[pg 6/7/8]

    Take the TIME yourself to “construe” the 1790 and 1795 Acts of the Congress where the former contemplated and provided for a “foreign born” (U.S.) natural born Citizen and the later repealed that provision, which, by their words and the combined effects of those words thereafter limited the birth as a (U.S.) natural born Citizen to the confines of any of the several States.

    Learn the Law and then obey it.

  7. Loggia   Monday, February 17, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Mr Sankey is correct that Cruz is exemplary.

    As Obama continues to reside in the White House and no entity in the government from any branch has brought up the “Natural Born” argument against him, one can see why Cruz would continue.

    Though many agree, even having learned in school, that “Natural Born” is Jus Sanguinis/Jus Soli, the nation is impotent on this matter until resolved.

    Who has the power, authority, obligation to define for us what it is?

    The State of New York, on its Board of Elections site, says that one need only be “born a US citizen” to become president. That would mean that any child born on American Soil to ILLEGAL aliens can be president?

    One US Parent, Two US Parents, American Soil, Non-American Soil? There is already an exception we have read for American children born to parents who are abroad in service of the country. That would seem to cover McCain’s birth, even if, as reported, it was off base.

    Dear Mrs. Rondeau, would any of your sources, readers, etc., know to whom we should turn for this term to be defined?

    Social Studies teachers used to teach that it was Jus Sanguinis/Jus Soli, but perhaps that is not enough to carry the force of Law.

    We have been taught that the Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the Americas. Now we read that they were predated by thousands of years by the Solutreans of Western European origin who then had a Cultural Encounter with the later Clovis people.

    To whom can we turn for honesty?

    In other words, our own GOVERNMENT is responsible for our distress…it allows the system to go forward on “touchy-feely” opinions in all directions on the topic of “Natural Born.”

    Constitutional scholars point to Jus Sanguinis/Jus soli, which older readers learned in school, yet there is NO enforcement of that to date.

    To whom shall we turn for clarification?

    America deserves a definitive Answer.

    NYS’ sloppy definition does not seem to cut the mustard.

    Thanks for all your reporting! It is making us a better nation!

  8. ipod45   Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    Give him time,he’s a man of honor,he will do whats best for the country.

  9. Code4Pres   Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    The P&E though small stands tall, and is a towering flower smelling sweet in the journalistic fields of truth.

  10. Neil SANKEY   Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Another great article from the P&E! I wholeheartedly agree. Cruz is one of the very best out there, but how can Constitutionalists support him if he does not address this question head on. He is a Constitutional Scholar, he knows the answers and I suspect her has people working on the solution, but it needs to come out in the open to show the Obama crowd what honesty is and how it should be done.
    I cannot support him unless he does.

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