January 7th, 2021

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Cruz Lines

As I think I've mentioned here in the past, I've never really understood the ban on Americans who aren't "natural-born citizens" becoming President - either the reason for it (it seems an unnecessary smear on the loyalty of naturalised citizens, and on their hypothetical voters) or the technicalities of it.

I know the latter are even now a matter of some dispute - but if Trump was able to keep the Obama birther conspiracy rolling for several years, why has the eligibility of someone definitely born outside the US, with a US mother and a non-US father, not been questioned? I refer of course to Ted Cruz, born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. Isn't he in just the position that Obama would have been, had he really been born in Kenya?

I ask because I keep hearing that Cruz wants to become President, and that this is why he's behaving as he is now. Other considerations aside, would the MAGA people feel obliged to object to Cruz for the sake of intellectual consistency?

(Okay, that last question was a joke.)