“NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 4, 2016) — WheresObamasBirthCertificate.com (WOBC) has posted a petition which contends that Republican presidential candidate Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz is not constitutionally eligible to serve as the nation’s chief executive because of his birth in Canada to a non-U.S.-citizen father.
Presently, the petition can be printed, signed and sent to elected officials by fax or standard mail. In a conversation with WOBC founder Mike Volin on Thursday evening, The Post & Email was told that by Sunday night, an option will be added to email completed petitions to approximately 3,000 members of the mainstream media.
Since announcing his presidential campaign on March 23, 2015, Cruz has insisted that he is a “natural born Citizen,” as required by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution for the nation’s chief executive, resulting from his reported birth to a U.S.-citizen mother in Calgary on December 22, 1970.
Cruz’s father was born in Cuba and arrived in the United States when he was approximately 17 years old. He attended the University of Texas, married Eleanor Darragh Wilson, and the couple went to Alberta, Canada to work in the oil industry from roughly 1968 to 1974.
Cruz’s father, Rafael, reported in a 2013 interview with NPR that he became a Canadian citizen while working in Alberta. It has been reported, although not independently confirmed, that Eleanor Wilson Cruz did the same.
Naturalization certificates of Canadian citizens are not made available to the public without the subject’s written permission unless they are deceased.
Several ballot challenges and at least two lawsuits have been filed challenging Cruz’s eligibility. As with objections filed to Barack Hussein Obama’s candidacy in 2008 and 2012, state Election Boards are either stating that they do not have the authority to settle the question or that further inquiry into the matter is “unnecessary.”
The petition begins:
Recognizing that Ted Cruz is NOT a “natural born Citizen” of the United States and is NOT constitutionally eligible to be President or VP.
Whereas as put into the Constitution of the United States in Article II Section 1 Clause 5 by our founding fathers and framers requires that, to be eligible for the Office of the President and Commander in Chief of our military forces, a person alive at the time of the adoption of the Constitution had a “grandfather clause” therein and only had to be a “Citizen” of the United States, but that in the future a person born after the adoption and ratification of our U.S. Constitution they had to be more than just a “Citizen” of the United States but must be a “natural born Citizen” of the United States;…
Many in the media have conflated the terms “Citizen” and “natural born Citizen,” making no distinction between the two. The “natural born” requirement was placed in the Constitution after George Washington received a letter from John Jay, who would become the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, urging its inclusion for the president and “command in chief of the american army.”
Cruz and his father, Rafael Bienvenido Cruz, have insisted that he is eligible, citing the Naturalization Act of 1790 which said that children “born beyond sea” to U.S.-citizen fathers were “natural born citizens.” The Act was repealed and replaced in 1795 by legislation in which the “natural born” wording was removed.
The eligibility of candidates and potential presidential candidates born in foreign countries has been challenged in the cases of George Romney, John McCain, Lowell P. Weicker, and Barry Goldwater.