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WHAT DO “CONSERVATIVES” STAND FOR?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 6, 2016) — On Sunday morning, Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) organizer Matt Schlapp tweeted that “someone from Texas got a big cpac bounce” in an obvious reference to presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s win of the Kansas and Maine caucuses on Saturday.
Donald Trump won the Louisiana primary and Kentucky caucus.
In response, The Post & Email tweeted, “CPAC won’t address ‘natural born Citizen’ question nor the forgeries of Obama’s documents: http://www.mcsoccp.org/joomla/.”
Cruz won the CPAC “straw poll” conducted on Saturday evening.
CPAC terms itself “the nation’s oldest and largest conservative grassroots organization.”
Presidential candidates Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Cruz spoke at this year’s CPAC, as did commentator Glenn Beck, whose comments made on Friday about “stabbing” someone have reportedly been investigated by the U.S. Secret Service.
Beck claims his remarks were misinterpreted and misreported by the mainstream media, discussing the matter with Dana Loesch, who also opposes Trump, at CPAC. Beck admitted having used the word “stab” but said that it was directed against his assistant, Stu, not Trump.
During her assertion that Beck’s comments were misreported and retracted by at least one news source, Loesch made a denigrating reference to “Trump University,” a real-estate training course launched by Donald Trump which came under intense and at times inaccurate fire at Thursday night’s debate hosted by Fox News’s Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace and Bret Baier.
Dr. Benjamin Carson also attended, where he announced that he has ceased to campaign and will instead work to energize evangelical voters who did not cast a vote in the 2012 elections.
On Saturday afternoon, Schlapp was a guest of Neil Cavuto’s on the Fox News Channel wherein he criticized Trump for canceling his scheduled appearance with the claim that Trump could not expect “conservatives” to vote for him because of his change in plans.
On Sunday morning, Trump told Fox & Friends that Schlapp is “a great guy” and that he would have liked to have appeared at the conference but that campaigning in Kansas, where he lost to Cruz but came in second, was more important at the time.
CPAC is organized by the American Conservative Union and supported by several more organizations, several of which had already endorsed Cruz. National Review, listed as a supporter, at the end of January dedicated an entire print issue of its magazine to stopping Trump’s candidacy.
On March 1, Beck’s “The Blaze” reported that an “Anti-Trump Group Wants Him Booted From Conservative Gathering,” referring to Trump.
On March 1, 2012, a six-month criminal probe revealed that the long-form birth certificate presented to the public by the White House on April 27, 2011 is a “computer-generated forgery” along with Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form released to requesters under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
A second press conference on July 17, 2012 with Maricopa County Cold Case Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo and Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, who commissioned the probe, revealed that Were the documents fraudulent, but also the standard of probable cause in the forgery of the birth certificate was considered surpassed.
At the conclusion of that press conference, Arpaio called upon Congress to launch its own investigation into the posse’s findings.
Congress failed to act.
At the CPAC convention the following year, Zullo and radio host, author and pastor Carl Gallups presented some of the evidence compiled by the posse relating to the forgery of Obama’s only publicly-available documents. Zullo reported that then-Rep. Steve Stockman sought him out for the information and later made a pledge to assist in disseminating it to the public. However, Stockman never followed through on his promise.
Gallups reported on his radio show and the PPSimmons News & Ministry website that his own congressman, Jeff Miller, had indicated his intent to meet with Zullo and Gallups to discuss the evidence further but that his office then denied the congressman’s own words.
Trump has vocally challenged the eligibility of both Obama and Cruz. In early 2011, Trump called for the release of Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate to show that he was born in the U.S., as Obama claims. After the White House posted the image on April 27, Trump claimed credit but said that he would have some of his associates examine the image before concluding that it was authentic.
Last month, Arpaio endorsed Trump in Las Vegas prior to the Nevada Republican caucus, which Trump won.
In August 2013, The Dallas Morning News posted what it said was a copy of Cruz’s birth certificate showing that he was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on December 22, 1970 to a Cuban father and American mother. In a 2013 NPR interview, Cruz’s father said that he became a Canadian citizen but did not state the year. The Canadian publication Macleans stated that it was 1973 but does not cite a source.
It has been speculated, but not proved, that Cruz’s mother also assumed Canadian citizenship. Canadian naturalization records are not releasable to the public, and Eleanor Darragh Wilson Cruz does not appear in public or give interviews.
Just dictate from it article II, Section1 , clause of the U.S. Constitution requires that the president and Commander-in-chief be a “natural born Citizen.” Despite his birth in Canada to a foreign-citizen father, Cruz contends that he meets that definition. Questions have also been raised about Rubio’s eligibility, as he was born in Florida in 1971 to parents not yet naturalized as U.S. citizens.
On Saturday evening, following the announcement of the election returns, Trump commented that Cruz should have done well in the state of Maine “because it’s very close to Canada,” eliciting laughs from his audience.
Trump repeated that comment on Sunday morning’s Fox & Friends.
Arpaio has hinted at a third press conference on the Obama forgeries at the appropriate time.
As of press time, Schlapp does not appear to have issued additional tweets, and Rep. Steve King, who was copied on The Post & Email’s responsive tweet, has also not replied.
Since 2007, when Obama announced his presidential candidacy, many “conservatives” have not attempted to uphold Article II, Section 1, clause 5.
Last week, Maine’s governor, Paul LePage, told radio host Howie Carr that he had endorsed Trump because Cruz is not eligible, citing as supporting evidence that LePage’s own two daughters, born in Canada to two U.S.-citizen parents during the same era as Cruz, had to be “naturalized” as U.S. citizens and are not eligible for the presidency as “natural born Citizens.”
The Republican National Committee has failed to address the eligibility question despite the threat of a lawsuit from Trump and Democrat Rep. Alan Grayson, who told radio host Alan Colmes that he will challenge Cruz immediately if he receives the Republican nomination because of his birth in Canada.