Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Senator Ted Cruz’s status as a natural born Canadian and a number of related eligibility lawsuits were underreported nationally, until news hit that an IL judge was hearing one of the cases.
Cruz’s lawsuits were filed in Florida, Vermont, Texas, Utah, Illinois, Arkansas, Alabama,New York, and Pennsylvania, and individuals who raised a ballot challenge in Indiana are weighing whether they’ll file suit.
The motions filed in defense of Cruz and Rubio in Florida are available to the public through the Broward County Court website due to the state’s sunshine laws, Case # CACE15022044. Each one stakes their claim on only one half of the historical natural born requirements. Rubio argues the only thing that matters is he “was born in the United States”, while Cruz argues the only thing that matters is his mother’s citizenship, although the bulk of both rely on attempts to stop the case from moving forward on technicalities vs merits. Stunningly, while both crisscross the country appealing to voters, both have now argued that voters have no recourse to challenge a candidate over ineligibility, that courts have no authority to rule on this Constitutional matter. Instead, both argue it must wait until they are elected as President/Vice President and then the legislative body where they’re employed at the will of The People, Congress, would determine whether they’re eligible and if not, choose their replacement. That does not sound like a Conservative, accountable to voters, Separation of Powers viewpoint. What’s worse is both US Senators are pursuing and defending their own ambitions for the Executive Branch in a way that undermines the Constitution and Founders’ Intent.
Posted by Barbara at 4:00 PM