Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ted Cruz: A wacko bird coming home to roost?

Malcolm X: “Being an old farm boy myself, chickens coming home to roost never did make me sad, they’ve always made me glad.”

Tea Party Wacko Birds coming home to roost

Tea Party folks are in love with Ted Cruz. His threats to shut down the government unless Obamacare is defunded rings music to their ears. In fact, they find Cruz so endearing they want him to run (and he wants to run as well) for president in 2016.

Now let's keep in mind, the same people that want Cruz for president are the same people who support conspiracy theories about the citizenship of President Obama and reject the legitimacy of the United States citizenship of President Barack...

This is where the emerging plot thickens: By their standards and logic Senator Cruz has his own birther issues.

Ted Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, on Dec. 22, 1970. His mother is a lifelong U.S. citizen. His father, born in Cuba, remained a Cuban citizen until he was naturalized as an American in 2005. When Cruz was born, his parents were living in Canada, where they had opened a seismic-data business in the oil patch. source

Sounds familiar? Will the Tea Party purist rant and rave questioning the citizenship and presidential eligibility of Cruz? Will Cruz face birther opposition by his own party during a 2016 primary run? Will Donald Trump offer Cruz a five million dollar prize if he can produce his college transcripts? Will this be a hot button issues during the inevitable GOP debate circus show?

Already, Cruz, sensing the potential birther movement against him is taking the offense.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) announced Monday evening that he will renounce his Canadian citizenship, less than 24 hours after a newspaper pointed out that the Canadian-born senator likely maintains dual citizenship.

“Now the Dallas Morning News says that I may technically have dual citizenship,” Cruz said in a statement. “Assuming that is true, then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship. Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. senator; I believe I should be only an American.”

The Dallas Morning News wrote in a story posted late Sunday night that Cruz likely remains a Canadian citizen, by virtue of being born there to an American mother. Having never renounced that citizenship, Cruz was technically a Canadian and an American citizen, according to legal experts.
Cruz said his mother told him that he could claim his citizenship if he ever wanted to, but that he never pursued it and thought the matter was settled.

Legal experts say that Cruz is a Canadian citizen regardless of whether he asked for it or not. source

I want mashed potatoes and greens with my roosted wacko bird!


  1. It's going to be fun watching the birthers who support Ted Cruz twist themselves into knots explaining why they aren't placing him under the same scrutiny as they have President Obama.

  2. Who are these people that want Cruz to run for President? This is the first I'm hearing about any adoration for the guy.

    I've never even heard of him except in passing.

    Maybe I've been cut out of the loop.

  3. I will take the honor and privilege to restore you to the loop. But first I am very surprised by reading:

    "This is the first I'm hearing about any adoration for the guy.
    I've never even heard of him except in passing."

    As the looming government funding battle approaches, Cruz is -- with his threats to shut down government unless Obamacare is defunded -- carrying the Tea Party mantle and he is center of attraction.

    Please read:





    But to be perfectly honest, I regard your comments as being coy and tongue in cheek.

  4. As far as I'm aware, he's very much a niche guy who's experiencing his 15 minutes for anti-administration rhetoric. That's enough to make anyone queen for a day with the political Tea Party (not sure about the once-organic, now-shrinking-and-held-hostage TPers). But as it extends to Presidential positioning or support that's even serious, I haven't heard anything. No one I know or talk to bothers with the guy. Just another partisan schmoe living high off the hog. Shiny, I'm sure....until the newness wears off.

    That National Review piece is a little too fan-boyish; they're definitely anointing the guy. And as far as Texans are concerned -- well, suffice it to say that I'd go to Texas if I had a business to run, but not if I had children to raise.

    But we'll see as time goes. My guess is he's just the flavor of the day for the people whose distaste for Obama goes beyond politics. The GOP Primary Club doesn't let a lot of people in. And "politics" has very little to do with guys like Mitt and Newt and the lunatic Santorum being ushered into the VIP section.

  5. And a quick P.S.:

    Nah, I was being serious. This guy isn't on my radar. Not a name coming out of the mouths of anyone I know or associate with. But my personal politics align me more with libertarians than conservatives, so I don't put too much stock in what the politically hijacked version of the Tea Party wants or admires.