AND IS HE ELIGIBLE?
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 18, 2019) — On the May 17 edition of “Freedom Friday” guest-hosted by Nick Stewart in Carl Gallups’s absence, executive editor and frequent guest Mike Shoesmith quoted from The Post & Email’s May 8 article on the alleged “natural born Citizenship” of British-born “Baby Sussex,” now known as Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The segment begins just after the 25:00 mark following Stewart’s opening monologue and news summary. http://www.carlgallups.com/ffr/5-17-19.mp3
After reading from the opening paragraphs of the article relating an exchange that morning on “Fox & Friends” between co-hosts Steve Doocy and Ainsley Earhardt, Shoesmith, who is Canadian, shared his theory as to why Doocy might have promoted “Baby Sussex” as eligible to the U.S. presidency: to promote Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, also Canadian-born, as eligible to be U.S. president for a possible 2024 presidential bid.
Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta on December 22, 1970 to a presumed U.S.-citizen mother and Cuban-citizen father, the latter of whom became a Canadian, and much later an American, citizen. Although The Post & Email acquired proof that Eleanor Darragh Cruz was born in Delaware, at least one credible report surfaced in 2016 contending that she became a Canadian citizen while the family was living in Calgary roughly between 1968 and 1974.
In 2013, The Dallas Morning News reported that Cruz was born a dual U.S.-Canadian citizen, after which Cruz claimed he was unaware he possessed Canadian citizenship to that day. He then applied to renounce the citizenship, completing the process approximately nine months later.
In March 2015, Cruz declared himself a presidential candidate. When asked by CNN’s Dana Bash about his eligibility given his widely-publicized Canadian birth, he said that a child born to one American-citizen parent, regardless of birthplace, is a “natural born Citizen,” as the U.S. Constitution requires for the nation’s chief executive.
It is believed that the inclusion of the “natural born Citizen” clause in Article II resulted, at least in part, from a letter John Jay wrote to George Washington in July 1787 as the Constitutional Convention was taking place. “Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise & seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government, and to declare expressly that the Command in chief of the american army shall not be given to, nor devolved on, any but a natural born Citizen,” Jay said in his second paragraph.
Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, too, wrote in Federalist #68, “Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one querter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union? But the convention have guarded against all danger of this sort, with the most provident and judicious attention.”
At approximately 37:30, Shoesmith said that in 2008, he was invited on “The Mark Levin Show,” recalling that Levin had been “rabidly” opposed to anyone calling in to his show questioning Cruz’s eligibility. Supporting his theory that Cruz might again seek the U.S. presidency in 2024, Shoesmith referenced a Facebook page promoting Cruz’s potential candidacy and compared his political path to that of Ronald Reagan, who sought the Republican nomination in 1976 against then-incumbent Gerald Ford but was defeated.
In 1980, Reagan went on to win the nomination and the presidency after serving two terms as California governor.
Cruz is serving his second term as the junior U.S. Senator from Texas.
Returning to the topic of Cruz’s presidential eligibility, Shoesmith said, “Ted Cruz, much like Baby Sussex, qualified to be prime minister of Canada. Ted Cruz would be in clear violation of the spirit behind the natural born Citizenship clause, which is ‘no split allegiances.'”
Donald Trump had questioned Cruz’s eligibility during the 2016 campaign, and, unlike Barack Obama, whose eligibility remains in question in some Americans’ minds because of his foreign-citizen father and reported forged government documentation, was joined by a number of constitutional scholars, columnists and politicos who said Cruz is not eligible.
“People like Mark Levin want to broaden the field to include people who are borderline-eligible,” Shoesmith opined. “…We’ve all made the case; none of these people are eligible.”
“The main thing is they can’t control him. He is his own man, and they have no control over him, and that scares them to death,” Stewart said of the strident opposition to Trump’s presidency. “There’s no question in my mind this is all about control from powers that want puppets in the White House, in government,” Shoesmith responded. “Listen: if you guys don’t take a solid, firm stand against that, you’re going to end up like Canada…”
Shoesmith decried Canadian “socialist” policies which he said are no different from “communism,” including restrictions on freedom of speech and religion.