Possibly the most half-assed researched birther rant I’d ever seen

In a prior article debunking the Trump Lies about Cruz, there was a tome of a comment submitted. I admit, I did not read the whole thing. I read the first portion and then skipped to the end. No one has time for that much crazy.

What I did read in the first portion gave me pause.

It was possibly the most half-assed researched birther rant I’d ever seen.

This is it below. One giant block of text.

“If Cruz wins the nomination I want to hear yourself explain your way out it when Hillary produces the proof that Cruz is not only not a NBC but not even a US citizen. Hillary is praying she gets to Cruz before Trump does. If you did some research on Canadian law back at the time Cruz’s parents were in Canada you might find some of your facts just don’t add up. Like there was no such thing as dual citizenship in Canada when Ted was born in 1970. They did not recognize dual citizenship until 1977. Rafael Cruz was not a Cuban citizen when Ted was born he was a Canadian citizen. He openly admits that. Both he and his wife were registered to vote in Canada. Only Canadian citizens back then could register to vote. If you did some real research into the original intent of NBC as our founders meant it you would see that back then a mother had no rights to transfer anything to a child. Only the father had that ability. Now times have changed but there has never been anything to change our founders intent. Although there have been 8 attempts (2003-2008) to have the NBC requirement removed from the Constitution in order to make Obama legitimate but when that failed they just do as they always do….they lie and they hide the truth. Tell us WHY Cruz has sealed all of his records? You don’t do that unless you have something to hide. But he, just like Obama did to Romney, insists Trump reveal his tax return. So to get back to Canada. Canadian law at the time Rafael became a citizen was that when the husband became a Canadian citizen so did the wife. There was no such thing as dual citizenship so she had to make a choice and there is reason to believe she chose to be Canadian. Ted does not have a US BC. If his mother was an American she was required to file a CRBA to get her son a US BC. That was never done and Ted has never been issued a US BC.”

TommyLee ReallyBless. Their. Heart. 

So, I know very few of you out there actually read that thing. If you did, did you hear it in your head as an increasingly shrill screech? Yeah, me too.

Some of these claims are made up, some totally wrong and some are just batshit crazy.  I’ve plucked out what I can and will address what I can.

Claim:Cruz is not only not a NBC but not even a US citizen”

Response: Yes, he is.  His mother was a U.S. Citizen. So is he no matter where he is born, so is he. (Although the commenter doesn’t say it, I think they are using NBC for Natural Born Citizen and BC for Birth Certificate.)


Claim: If you did some research on Canadian law back at the time Cruz’s parents were in Canada you might find some of your facts just don’t add up. Like there was no such thing as dual citizenship in Canada when Ted was born in 1970. They did not recognize dual citizenship until 1977.”

Response: It doesn’t matter if there was dual citizenship or not at the time of Cruz’s birth.  American law applies to Cruz in determining  his status, not Canadian.

If you did some research on Canadian law, you’d realize the 1977 Citizenship act allows Canadians to hold dual citizenship. Cruz is not Canadian, he is American as he was born to an American mother.

Canada does confer citizenship onto anyone born in the country, which made Cruz a dual citizen by American law and Cruz renounced the Canadian citizenship in 2014.  The fact he was able to waive one country’s status means he held dual status. Logic, I know it eludes some.


Claim:Rafael Cruz was not a Cuban citizen when Ted was born he was a Canadian citizen. He openly admits that. Both he and his wife were registered to vote in Canada. Only Canadian citizens back then could register to vote.”

Response: So what?
Only American law matters in determining eligibility. It only matters that Cruz was born to an American citizen. His mother was an American, born in Delaware. Only Rafael Cruz held Canadian citizenship. Eleanor did not live there long enough for residency.


Claim: If you did some real research into the original intent of NBC as our founders meant it you would see that back then a mother had no rights to transfer anything to a child. Only the father had that ability.”

Response: If you did some real research, you’d realize that the transfer right clause pertaining to the father in the 1790 Naturalization act was eliminated by Congress . Therefore any child born abroad to a parent who was born a United States citizen was also therefore a United States citizen.


Claim: “Tell us WHY Cruz has sealed all of his records? You don’t do that unless you have something to hide.”

Response: What sealed records? Conspiracy theory blogs that claim of Freedom of Information acts for Cruz’s birth certificate are denied? He released his birth certificate, you know. And his mom’s and his dad’s.


Claim: “So to get back to Canada. Canadian law at the time Rafael became a citizen was that when the husband became a Canadian citizen so did the wife. There was no such thing as dual citizenship so she had to make a choice and there is reason to believe she chose to be Canadian”

Response: Again, American law is what determines his status and eligibility. She was born a United States citizen. That makes Cruz one too.


Claim: “Ted does not have a US BC.” 

Response: Why would he have a United States birth certificate? He was born in Canada as you keep saying, therefore he has a Canadian one. He is still a natural-born citizen to an American mother.


Claim: “If his mother was an American she was required to file a CRBA to get her son a US BC. That was never done and Ted has never been issued a US BC.”

Response: For those who don’t speak acronym, CRBA is referring to the Consular Report of Birth Abroad form.  For more details, read the U.S. travel and passports page.

In a nutshell, birthers believe that Cruz does not have one of these CRBA forms and therefore is not eligible to be President.

Perhaps these birther brainiacs missed the part where you don’t have to file for a CRBA if you file for a passport for the child:

“The child’s parents may choose to apply for a U.S. passport for the child at the same time that they apply for a CRBA. Parents may also choose to apply only for a U.S. passport for the child. Like a CRBA, a full validity, unexpired U.S. passport is proof of U.S. citizenship.” (Travel.State.Gov)

Ted Cruz clearly has a passport, having traveled to Israel, Estonia, Poland and the Ukraine in 2014. One can only get a U.S. passport if you have the proper documentation or upon applying for one after being born in another country to a U.S. Citizen.


End Note: What the proliferation of  birther claims like this one means to me is that either our schools have been failing for longer than I thought or these people are very confused.

It reminds me of that famous Reagan quote:

“The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant; it’s just that they know so much that isn’t so.”

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4 Responses to Possibly the most half-assed researched birther rant I’d ever seen

  1. Unaffiliated Voter says:

    Izzat the REVEREND Barber of MoMoMo fame in NC above ? OMG, we should be honored, right?

  2. William Barber says:

    I could make a lot of corrections to both sides of this argument but the fact remains that Ted Cruz DOES NOT possess a US Birth Certificate. If his mother was a US citizen at the time of Ted’s birth she was required to file a CRBA to register her son’s birth and acquire a US Birth Certificate. Until that happens the child is not recognized as a US citizen. This was never done so in the eyes of the US and Canada truth be known he is a Canadian citizen. He has only ever disclosed a Canadian Birth Certificate. He also never disclosed his Canadian citizenship while he ran for US Senate and that is fraud but of course he is being held to a different set of laws than most other Americans. He openly admits he didn’t know he held Canadian citizenship. Well if he only possesses a Canadian Birth Certificate what did he use when he got married? Or aren’t the privileged required to show a birth certificate to get married like the rest of us. The facts are this: there are many questions about Ted Cruz that need to be answered and proven not just blown off as birther babble and so far to date Ted Cruz has blown off these questions without providing any real proof to end the questions. All of the questions could easily be addressed but to date Ted Cruz has refused to do that all the while demanding Donald Trump show is tax return. I ask you this: if Ted Cruz was born in Iran to a Muslim anti-American father and an American mother would you feel the same about him running for President. I don not believe Cruz is an anti-American but by ignoring the true definition of NATURAL BORN CITIZEN we are setting the table for our enemies to one day fly their flag over our White House and with the current immigration tidal wave from the Middle East it could be a reality. We are establishing a very dangerous precedent. And this is exactly why our founders made natural born a requirement for President and VP instead of just citizen like all the other elected offices.

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