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Is Ted Cruz eligible to serve as president?

The answer is more so than Obama and yes…

Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1970. His mother was American and his father was Cuban. Before his birth, Cruz’s parents moved from Houston to Canada to take jobs in the Alberta oil industry. The family returned to Texas in 1974.

Although born abroad, Cruz received U.S. citizenship at birth. The reason is because in 1970 federal law extended citizenship to foreign-born children of any American parent who had lived in the U.S. for at least 10 years before the child’s birth. In addition, the law required that five of those years come after the American parent turned 14. A similar law remains on the books today.

At the time of Cruz’s birth, his mother easily satisfied the law’s requirements. Mrs. Cruz was born and raised in Delaware, attended college in Texas, and didn’t move to Canada until after she turned 30 years of age. Those facts are crucially important. They show that when Mrs. Cruz gave birth to her son in Canada, she had American roots deep enough to confer U.S. citizenship on her son under federal law.

Ted Cruz is thus an American citizen by birth.

But is that enough to satisfy the Constitution? The fact is the Constitution does not permit all citizens to serve as president. Article II states: “No Person except a natural born Citizen . . . shall be eligible to the Office of President.”

The Constitution thus requires that the president be a “natural born citizen,” not someone who secures citizenship by some other means.

That in turn gives rise to two crucial questions: Does “natural born citizen” mean the president must be born in the United States? Or does it simply mean the president must be a U.S. citizen at birth?

Unfortunately, the Constitution does not define “natural born citizen” and the Supreme Court has never interpreted the term.

Nevertheless, compelling evidence of the framers’ intent comes from the Naturalization Act of 1790. Passed by the First Congress, the act declared that “the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born citizens.”

The Tea Party Isn’t Dying – The GOP Establishment Is


If the conservative insurgency has been crushed, why was Mitch McConnell walking around onstage at CPAC with a musket? He couldn’t have sucked up to the right any harder if he wore a tri-corner hat and had the Gadsden flag tattooed on his rear.

The death of the conservative revolution, the Tea Party, or whatever you call it, has not merely been greatly exaggerated. It’s been flat-out lied about.

It isn’t dead. It just changed, from a shoestring operation to one with real clout. And it’s well on its way to doing what it set out to do – arm-twist a flabby, comfortable GOP into fighting for conservative values instead of just talking about them at election time.

Please, no…

McCain ‘Seriously Considering’ Running for Reelection to Senate

Undeterred by a recent Public Policy Polling poll that showed he has only a 30% job approval in his native Arizona, Sen. John McCain said on Fox Business’ “Cavuto” that he is considering running for reelection. McCain denied the poll was accurate, saying, “There is a bogus poll out there. I can sense the people of my state. When I travel around, which I do constantly, they like me, and I am very grateful.” McCain said he was “seriously considering” running for reelection in 2016, and would make the call “early next year.” He did reject the idea of running for president, allowing, “I’m afraid that it is not a viable option.”

Won’t someone run against him?? Or dude. Just retire…

Amen, Scott!

Scott Walker to tea partiers: Let’s focus on taking out Democrats, not our fellow Republicans

Is this true, though?

[G]o and help in those elections [against vulnerable Democrats] and elect new Republicans because a year from now things will be much different if Republicans hold the United States Senate.

How? Obama might have to use his veto a lot more next year, but that’s fine by him. He’s a lame duck. At best, forcing a lightning rod like O to play goalie against GOP initiatives instead of leaving it to Harry Reid will free up a few centrist Democrats like Joe Manchin to vote with Republicans on hot-button issues knowing that they have no chance of becoming law. And this assumes, of course, that Republicans build on Reid’s precedent and nuke what’s left of the filibuster so that they can pass bills through the Senate with a simple majority. I’m not sure they will. They gain nothing politically from it given the reality of O’s veto and they’ll take a predictable beating for it from lefty hacks in the media (all of whom cheered Reid for nuking the filibuster vis-a-vis executive appointments). Worse, Democrats will be primed to exploit the new rule in 2017: It’s the GOP that’ll be defending the lion’s share of vulnerable seats in the 2016 election, which is bound to have higher Democratic turnout than usual because it’s a presidential election year. It’s worth nuking the rest of the filibuster if/when Republicans once again control the Senate and the White House.

Get the career politicians OUT…

The party of tolerance and acceptance…

Fired for Associating with Republicans

“For crime of hanging out with a Republican, Democratic state senator fires staffer,” according to this Daily Caller story:

A recent college graduate and aide to Colorado state Senator Irene Aguilar was fired from his job because he visited the office of a friend who worked for a Republican.

Tyler Drum, who graduated from Colorado State University last year, told Campus Reform that his friendship with Republicans made Sen. Aguilar uncomfortable, though she did not formally give a reason for his firing.

“Partisanship runs much deeper than I thought,” he said in an interview with Campus Reform. “I thought this would happen on the Republican side.”

Drum, now unemployed, has lost some of his faith in the Democratic Party.

“Now I’m a disenchanted Democrat,” he said. “This was my first job after graduating, [the Democrats] don’t care about my situation, they don’t care to know who I am.”

As Charles Krauthammer said almost 12 years ago, “To understand the workings of American politics, you have to understand this fundamental law: Conservatives think liberals are stupid. Liberals think conservatives are evil.” Perhaps there’s more to the story than the Daily Caller is reporting, but based on their article, it’s almost as if the left views Republicans as some sort of strange, alien — evil — other, who must not be associated with, lest ideological contamination occur.

Why the Tea Party Isn’t Going Anywhere

The movement’s structure means it can withstand low popularity and continue to exert a huge pull on the GOP.

But we have heard all this before. The Tea Party was supposed to be dead and the GOP on the way to moderate repositioning after Obama’s victory and Democratic congressional gains in November 2012. Yet less than a year after post-election GOP soul-searching supposedly occurred, radical forces pulled almost all GOP House and Senate members into at least going along with more than two weeks of extortion tactics to try to force President Obama and Senate Democrats to gut the Affordable Care Act and grant a long laundry list of other GOP priorities suspiciously similar to the platform on which the party had run and lost in 2012. The Tea Party’s hold on the GOP persists beyond each burial ceremony.

Here is the key point: Even though there is no one center of Tea Party authority—indeed, in some ways because there is no one organized center—the entire gaggle of grassroots and elite organizations amounts to a pincer operation that wields money and primary votes to exert powerful pressure on Republican officeholders and candidates. Tea Party influence does not depend on general popularity at all.

GOP Legislators! Stop Sitting On Your Hands!


There is one simple thing Republicans can do to retaliate.  They can start by ending the Democrat super-majority on legislative issues.  They can easily pledge to filibuster every piece of legislation and deny all requests for unanimous consent until the rules change is overturned.

How would Harry Reid respond to a complete shutdown of the Senate?  Would he abolish the filibuster even for legislation?  Let him try.  But for now, he has nothing to fear from just eliminating the filibuster on judges because he knows Republicans will not retaliate.  Reid knows that there is not a single issue where McCain, Corker, Graham, and Alexander will now withhold support simply because they were stiffed with the nuclear option.

Just an hour after Reid blew up the Senate, Republicans rewarded him by not objecting to the first unanimous consent.  Every day, standing committees need consent to conduct hearings.  This is a prime opportunity to grind the Senate to a halt until Reid changes his ways.

Harry Reid has identified a soft target.  And until we change GOP leadership in the Senate, he will keep punching.

GOP’s Attempt To Smear the Tea Party Will Come Back To Bite Them In a Big Way…


This narrative now reeks of the very type of corrupt, inside-the-Beltway, bubble-headed, corporatist, and, ultimately, internecine nonsense of an otherwise un-accomplished D.C. GOP that understands neither its base, nor New Media as a genuine player in politics today. Sadly, it’s also an indicator that the GOP is moving in precisely the opposite direction from its base, all but forcing the conclusion that Mitch McConnell is no longer capable, or qualified to be considered as a leader within it, assuming it still wants to have a base in the years ahead.

As someone who has voted Republican reliably since 1980, I’m no longer sure they do want a base, given events of the last several years.

Sorry, Mitch. I honestly had considered using my little platform here to try and encourage friends and fans to give you a pass, while shifting more time and money over to taking out Landrieu in LA. Thanks to your hand- picked would-be henchman at the NRSC, Holmes, that’s now an impossible position for me to take and defend. If the many phone calls I’ve had both to and from other activists in the last two days are any indication, all Holmes did was energize and incentivize the very movement against you, which you so shortsightedly dispatched him to the NRSC to try and quash.

In the end, perhaps no one on our side now wins, and the Democrats and liberal media will get everything they want and more. But don’t pretend, or direct your surrogates to pretend, for a moment that you didn’t escalate this to a level to which it didn’t need to rise.

I could end this with Game on. But somehow having worked for the late Andrew Breitbart, it seems just a bit more fitting to end it with: #WAR!

Cruz: ‘I don’t work for the party bosses’


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is standing firm in his fight against ObamaCare, undeterred by party elders and poll numbers that suggest his unflinching crusade against the president’s signature legislative accomplishment has badly bruised the Republican Party’s national brand.

The Texas senator was the unquestioned focus of Sunday morning’s talk shows, sitting for a pair of interviews himself and providing fodder for nearly every lawmaker interviewed.

Echoing the determination he voiced in Senate hallways and in secret meetings with House Republicans throughout the shutdown, Cruz said he was “not remotely” upset that party leaders had chastised him over a legislative strategy many believe forced the 16-day government shutdown.

He said he would “continue to do anything I can to stop the train wreck that is ObamaCare,” hinting that he could again seek to complicate efforts to pass a long-term budget deal.

“I don’t work for the party bosses in Washington. I work for the people of Texas, and I fight for them,” Cruz told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Look, the reason people are frustrated all over the country is that far too many people get elected and they think they’re there to be part of the club,” he continued.

Blame the Tea Party? Use Your Memory


We Tea Party types kept our mouths shut for 20 years and voted Republican as the Party nominated George H.W. Bush, Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and John McCain.  We bit our tongues as our president waxed wise about “compassionate conservatism” and Karl Rove talked of a new Republican era.  But they won two elections in 2000 and 2004, so we gave them the benefit of the doubt that they at least knew how to “win.”  We were hoping to get two steps forward for every step backward.

But what were our forward steps?  What did we “win”?  Republicans spent more.  They regulated more.  They expanded programs we Tea Partiers had hoped to eliminate.  And they invented a whole new $8-trillion entitlement that none of us asked for.  We weren’t looking for purity at all, but simply one iota of a difference from Democrats.

“But you can’t expect to elect a Jim DeMint in Vermont.”  No, but we did elect Jim Jeffords.  How did that work for us?  Arlen Specter?  Charlie Crist?  How many times do you expect us to kick Lucy’s football?

So stop looking at the mote in the Tea Party’s eye, and start looking at the beam in your own.


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