Anyone wondering why Ted Cruz and other right-wing Republican politicians continue to say things they are intelligent enough to know are wrong, should understand that they are pandering to a base that has no interest in being educated. It is not that the Republican right-wing base is less intelligent. They are willfully ignorant. They are unwilling to accept uncomfortable realities, so they live in a delusional bubble, irrespective of consequences.
Ted Cruz was born on foreign soil from an American mother and a foreign father. That is fact. President Obama was born on American soil from an American mother and a foreign father. In effect, there was never a real constitutional question regarding President Obama’s eligibility to be president. Irrespective of his parents, he was born on American soil. There is a constitutional question on Cruz’s eligibility based on the definition of ‘natural born citizen.’ As such, one would expect the right-wing birthers to go after Ted Cruz.
As long as you have constituents like Walden Republican Christina Katok, Canadians would qualify for the presidency. She says:
“As far as I am concerned, Canada is not foreign soil. That’s the way I look at it.”
Listen to her and others in this short Texas Tribune piece… here’s the video:
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Aren’t these guys the strict constitutionalists? This behavior is called willful ignorance. Adjust your beliefs to satisfy your desires. What is ironic is, had President Obama been born in Kenya, based on Cruz’s circumstance and acceptance by the right-wing, the birthers should accept President Obama would be just as eligible given his American mother. The reality is that even if both President Obama’s parents were foreign, he constitutionally qualifies for the presidency as he was born on American soil… Cruz was not.
The reason the country is at a standstill is that we have a sect that is obstructing, that has no interest in reality-based governing. They can do this as long as their willfully ignorant base continues to vote at higher rates than the rest of America in gerrymandered districts. In effect, America gets the government it deserves. Those who want good government must vote for good politicians.