Editorial

Birthers face dilemma on Cruz

Friday, July 10, 2015

There's absolutely no evidence that President Barack Obama was born outside of the United States. "Birthers" contend that Obama was born in Kenya, and therefore does not meet the "natural-born citizen" requirement in the Constitution for presidential eligibility.

The birthers have a reputation for rationality close to that of people who organize their lives around their astrological signs or those who claim to have spotted Bigfoot walking through the woods.

Ironically, Senator Ted Cruz, a Canadian-born candidate for the U.S. presidency, is less of a concern than Obama for conservatives, despite the fact that Cruz was definitely born outside the U.S.

Not everyone agrees that the language in the Constitution actually requires the candidate to be born in the U.S. George Romney, Mitt's father, was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1968, despite the fact that he was born in Mexico. John McCain's opponent in 2008, was born in Panama. The idea that being born in the Canal Zone gives him a "natural born citizen" status not given to others born outside the U.S. is rather dubious.

There are some birthers who have been consistent. Leading birther Orly Taitz and conservative legal activist Larry Klayman have challenged Cruz's eligibility to be president. If Cruz's campaign gains traction, some other birthers might be shamed into opposing Cruz.

We need a court decision regarding what "natural-born citizen" means to finally resolve the issue.