The Tea Party’s Infatuation with Ted Cruz Proves What Ignorant Hypocrites They Truly Are

tedcruz-teaparty-hypocritesWhen it comes to many antics from the Republican party, I often find myself uttering the phrase, “You just can’t make this up.”  This is often in response to some situation or comment being pushed by Republicans that often reeks of total irony or absolute hypocrisy.

Let’s go back to 2008 when President Obama was just a presidential candidate.  It was at that time “birthers” began to emerge, claiming he had no right to be President of the United States.  As we all know, these people ranted on continuously about his “fake” birth certificates, “fake” birth announcements and their claim that he was ineligible to run for president because the “overwhelming facts” proved that he was indeed born in Kenya.

All of this, of course, was absurd.  To believe that President Obama somehow had the power to fake birth certificates, birth announcements and fool every federal agency we have that can verify someone’s eligibility to become president is so laughable I was actually a bit surprised the “movement” became as popular as it was—and honestly still is.

Well, not surprised as much as I just can’t grasp that level of stupidity.  And sadly, there is still a good portion of the Republican party (mainly tea party Republicans) who believe President Obama isn’t eligible to be president.

But for the sake of argument, let’s assume President Obama was born in Kenya to a Kenyan father.  His mother is still an American citizen which makes him a “natural born” American by right—and eligible to be president.

Now enter Ted Cruz.  Someone who was undoubtedly born in Canada, to a father that isn’t an American, but whose mother is.

In other words, the exact same situation tea party Republicans have claimed makes President Obama ineligible to be the president.  

Only, as it stands now, Ted Cruz is a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.  Not only that, but he’s also extremely popular with tea party Republicans.

So, many of the same people who to this day still don’t believe President Obama has a right to be president, are the biggest cheerleaders of a man they want to run for president—whose citizenship would be granted by the exact situation which they claim makes President Obama ineligible.

It’s like when, after years and years of campaigning against “Obamacare, ” Republicans chose the one candidate for president who actually signed into law almost the exact same healthcare law while he was governor of Massachusetts.  In fact, “Obamacare” is more or less an identical healthcare law.

The best comedy writers couldn’t come up with a better joke.

“After years of saying Barack Obama was born in Kenya, therefore ineligible to be president, tea party Republicans turn to Ted Cruz—a man who was born in Canada.”

Oh, and as an added kicker, Cruz’s father is an immigrant from a socialist country.

Which isn’t a big deal to those of us who use logic, of course.  But hell, if Obama having a father who was Muslim somehow makes him a Muslim, imagine if he had a father that came from a socialist country?

Well, Cruz does.

It’s just irony you couldn’t make up if you tried.

Tea party Republicans, who have attacked President Obama for years and accused him of not being born in the United States — now want a man who was born in Canada to run for president.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Raymond Sean Walters

    Another example of HYPOCRISY!

    • Bob

      more like stupidity

  • nkj767

    You assume too much. Just because he is liked does not mean that he is chosen to run for president. He is not eligible.

    • Sherri G

      He is legally eligible just like President Obama because he was born to an American Mom and has “denounced or removed” his dual citizenship to Canada….

      • Deb Hrivnak

        it does not matter that his mother was born in America…he not eligible…read…

        “Age and Citizenship requirements – US Constitution, Article II, Section 1

        No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen
        of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution,
        shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person
        be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of
        thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United

        Term limit amendment – US Constitution, Amendment XXII, Section 1 – ratified February 27, 1951

        No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than
        twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as
        President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person
        was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President
        more than once.”

      • Robin Salvadori Allison

        Nothing in there disqualifies Cruz unless he hasn’t lived 14 years in the US and I’m unaware. Courts have held “natural born” counts as long as a parent is a citizen, or we’d have problems with our foreign services being based in other countries and having kids that are not citizens of the US at birth. We’ve had this discussion ad nauseum because of the birthers for 5 years.

      • Sherri G

        Thank you for clarifying…apparently the above person doesn’t want to ADMIT that having an American parent means the child is ALSO American….sucks coz Cruz is a horrible man and politician (something that he seems very proud of) and would make a better snake oil salesman than even thinking about being president.

      • Barbara Holtzman

        No. Cruz can be a “citizen born abroad” but his parents would have had to have filed papers soon after his birth with the local US embassy to do so. He would still not be eligible. You can be a citizen and not be born here, but you cannot be “natural born” as applies to this issue. Obama = natural born; McCain = natural born (on US soil, if not in the actual states); Cruz BORN IN CANADA. Now, if he has a birth certficate that says, “citizen born abroad,” maybe the Supreme Court will have to rule on that one, but I doubt they will broaden the interpretation.

        All that being said, let the fool run. IF he manages to get the nomination, which I doubt, in the general he will get the 22% of the Tea Party vote and a handful of Republicans. It will be a Democratic landslide. So let’s go…

      • Dave B.

        No one’s parents have to “have filed papers soon after his birth with the local US embassy” in order for that person to be born a US citizen.
        Senator McCain was no more born on US soil than Senator Cruz was.

      • Erikaf

        Natural born citizen means that you have citizenship from birth, not from applying for citizenship later in life. You can be a citizen by being born on US soil (including embassies, which for purposes of citizenship is regarded as being on the home country’s soil) or from a parent who is a US citizen provided they have lived in the US for five years after they reach 18. I’m afraid he’s a citizen from his mother’s citizenship. The hypocritical part is that he didn’t have to renounce his citizenship to Canada to be a US citizen once he declared himself a US citizen, and then Canada has to officially remove his Canadian citizenship (which I’m not sure they have as yet) to have everything official. Right now he’s a US citizen with dual citizenship with Canada that he renounced uselessly. Ted Cruz, in a nutshell.

      • Dave B.

        For purposes of citizenship, US embassies and military bases abroad are indistinguishable from the surrounding territory of the host country. Persons born on such installations do NOT acquire US citizenship by the place of their birth.
        There is not now, nor has there ever been, a requirement that a US citizen parent has “lived in the US for five years after they reach 18” in order to transmit US citizenship to a child born abroad.

      • Edward Krebbs

        Sherri G, but a significant difference between Obama and Cruz. Obama was born in Hawaii. Despite what some birthers continue to yell, Hawaii is part of the USA. Canada is not.
        The question is if the “naturally born” in the Constitution has been subjected to sufficient judicial review. As we know from the Birthers, the common interpretation of that phrase has always meant being born on American soil.

      • Barbara Holtzman

        You still have to be actually BORN HERE. As an American BORN HERE, I’m sorry – this is one where the law is the law. For the record (one more time) Barack Obama was BORN HERE. Cruz was BORN IN CANADA. He is a NATURALIZED, not NATURAL BORN American, He can denouce/renounce/remove whatever citizenship he likes, he was still not BORN HERE.

        Do you think no one checks? That you can just run for president and not file all kinds of papers? Including presenting a birth certificate, or at least have a registrar of records certify your citizenship? Which Obama could and can do. Cruz can’t.

  • KRoad

    But Canada is physically closer to the US than Kenya so it’s ok – Canada is basically the US anyway right? Haha

    • zedinbc

      hahahaha…. nice joke. In fact, Canada is radically different from the USA. And for the record, despite his accidental birth in Canada, Ted Cruz is a right wing American through and through and bears no resemblance whatsoever to anything “Canadian”. We’re sorry for you that you got stuck with him. Cheers.

      • Suzie

        Believe me, zedinbc, we would love to send him back.

      • bob

        i dont think canada would want him back

      • Pipercat

        We could check with Raul to see if he’s interested in him and his pops!

      • Naysayer

        With a nice tar and feather coat

      • Pipercat

        Oh, I bet he secretly stashes day old donuts to go along with his clandestine beer binges whilst watching hockey! Eh!

      • Zedinbc I wholeheartedly disagree with you. Ted Cruz is NOT a Texan and he is NOT an American. He is by birth a Canadian. That can and will never change. Until he is dead….which we can all agree we hope is soon.

  • Suzie

    Let’s all hope, if he runs, he will quickly be eliminated in the primaries. Fingers crossed!

    • Alierias

      Oh, he’s going to shine in the primaries — only the wing-nuts vote in them– the general election is when the true shellacing will occur, after he’s flush billions of Koch $$ down the toilet!

      • sam

        No doubt. It’s going to be similar to Romney. He is well liked by the hardcore right but the moderate right just wont be able to back him. Romney got attacked by his own party in the primaries and still won. I expect the same to happen to Cruz.

  • Skyhollower

    I just want to hear a “Birthers” explanation as to why Cruz is eligible to President but Obama isn’t. I haven’t had a good laugh today.

    • gemma liar

      because Kenya isn’t bordering USA,,,and because cruz followers aren’t bordering reality

      • Pipercat

        Not bad… 🙂

  • Keita123

    Well…there’s a difference, one is white and the other is black.

    • gemma liar

      and one is handsome and not balding,,,,and the other is—————is——————— NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

      • Robin DeAnne Lowry Seer

        He is not remotely handsome..Cruz..that is…he’s creepy, and he’s kooky, mysterious, and ooky, he’s completely full of doo key…Ted and familyyyyyyy! * you know your singing it* 😀

      • gemma liar

        song originally by Vic Mizzy!!!

      • Larry

        He really looks a lot like Jos. McCarthy, seems to be alot like him in other ways too. You Know, Pysco……….

      • Robin DeAnne Lowry Seer

        I live in the state where the batshit crazies grow! Or they support the ones in the other states! FSM please help my state in 2014! Goooooo…..Wendy!

      • Barbara Holtzman

        Balding? Now I’m confused.

      • regressive rightwing trash

        cruz is balding,,,,not president

  • Doug Watkins

    I hope to see more of these stories in the “lame stream media”. This drum needs to be beaten hard and often. It actually helps that we have something called “truth” on our side, unlike the birthers or the truthers.

  • They’re just crazy

    If you ask Sarah Palin she’d tell you Canada IS part of America. She can see it from her house in Alaska….

    • Karey Cummins

      Snort! Now I’ve gotta find my computer monitor wipes. Good one.

    • mngrayfox

      That must mean that Sarah can run for President of Russia cause she can see Russia from her front porch! Makes perfect sense to me! LOL

  • NP

    But we still haven’t seen Cruz’s mother’s birth certificate!

    • Pipercat

      .. or her college transcripts!


    It’s like Christmas, it truly is!!
    I find myself with those childhood feelings
    of anticipation, birthdays & holidays seemed
    to take FOREVER to come!
    It’s like that with the upcoming elections for me.
    I’m so excited! This is gonna be even better than
    2012, and that was GREAT!
    They may actually consider putting them on Pay Per View!!


  • eieiouch

    Here’s the BIG difference…Obama ran for President, Cruz has not. I’d bet that if he did decide to run; his mother would release both of their birth certificates.

    • Pipercat

      Well, we better make sure Sheriff Joe is in the loop then. These “birth certificates” have to be vetted by an official source, yes? Also, gotta make sure his “posse” is prepared with necessary items like expense reports and such!!

    • Edward Krebbs

      But remember, Obama released his birth certificate and it wasn’t good enough. The republican Gov of Hawaii verified the birth certificate and it wasn’t good enough. etc. etc.
      OTOH – my prediction is that Cruz doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting the repub nomination (he’s not WASP and he ticked off a whole lot of repubs with his stirring rendition of Green Eggs and Ham). Instead, the repubs are using him to establish that they aren’t a party of bigoted, bitter, old, white men and hopefully pick up a few votes from the Hispanic population.
      Once the repubs have paraded Cruz around a few more times, they’ll throw him under the bus quicker than they threw Collin Powell under the bus.

  • Karen Fortier

    Too many people truly loathe Cruz and there is no way he will ever be president. It doesn’t matter where this azzclown was born, he is nothing but a one-hit blunder!

    • mngrayfox

      Be careful what you say Karen! There are similarities to Hitler and the Nazi party in Ted Cruise and the Teaparty!

      • Karen Fortier

        I don’t like to compare anyone to a Nazi, but Cruz and his ilk are definitely a threat to our rights and freedoms. That’s why they must be voted out of office asap. I encourage everyone to please vote against them in every election.

    • brownp51

      Oh Karen, I hope you are right.

  • David Farrar

    Again, Obama’s mother was too young to transmit US citizenship to foreign-born children. According to the 1952 Immigration and Naturalization Act, a U.S. citizen married to an alien had to have been physically present in the United States for 10 years, including five after reaching the age of 14, to transmit citizenship to foreign-born children. Obama’s mother was only 18 when he was born. Obama’s mother of record was 117 days short of 19th birthday, the minimum age for a U.S. citizen married to an alien to confer U.S. citizenship to a foreign-born child.

    As much as I admire Sen. Cruz for his strong stance against ObamaCare, I, and much of his Tea Party base, admire and respect the US Const. even more.

    Sen. Ted Cruz is absolutely correct when he states he is a “US Citizen at birth”. But Sen. Ted Cruz is a US Citizen at birth by positive law (man-made law): Title 8 USC §1401 (g). Unfortunately, the US Const. calls for our presidents to be “natural” born (US) Citizens, by natural law, not by statutory law. If the founders, framers and ratifiers of the US Const. had wanted simply “US citizens at birth” as the requirement, they could have easily said:”US citizens at birth”, but they didn’t; they said: ‘”natural” born Citizens. In the US Const. words mean something, each and every one.

    The fact that a definition of a “natural born Citizen” is missing from the US Const. wasn’t an oversight, or a simple laps in judgement, as our courts have assumed. The founders, framers and ratifiers of the US Const., even the colonial (man) in the street, knew perfectly well what a “natural born subject” was before the American revolution.

    After the War of Independence, the republican constitutional theory conceived of the individual as a Citizen and assigned sovereignty to the people. Therefore, to find the proper definition of a “natural born citizen”, we must look at this enigmatic phrase, not through the eyes of a subject, but through the eyes of a sovereign, using natural law.

    As sovereigns, their offspring would inherit their sovereignty from their fathers (partus sequitur patrem). As sovereigns, their offspring would also be natural born subjects wherever their birth occurred, as natural law dictates. As de Vattel points out in this work: ‘Law of Nations’, the minimum requirement to meet natural law criteria is that the child born inherits the citizenship of its father. Once this requirement is met, other restrictions can also be applied, such as ‘place of birth’ and the allegiance of the mother, as long as it doesn’t interfere with the child’s natural right to inherit its father’s citizenship.

    Under this definition, neither Barack Obama, nor Sen Cruz, are Art. II, §1, cl. 4 natural born US Citizens. Barack Obama was born a natural born subject of the English Realm, and Sen Cruz was born a natural born citizen of Cuba.

    I hope, Sen Cruz, at some point in time, can see the error of his ways and step up to the plate and lead the charge in restoring our most cherished American birthright from the gutter it has been placed by our courts to where even the offspring of illegal aliens born in this country can run for the US presidency. If he does such a thing, I am sure he will find himself sitting on the bench of the US Supreme Court, perhaps even as its chief justice.

    ex animo

    • Margaret Sturman

      So what does President Obama’s mother’s age has to do with anything? He was born in Hawaii so it doesn’t matter how old she was. Give it up people.

    • Tracy Lund

      Debunked silliness.

    • Barbara Holtzman

      I was liking what you said -until you said “Barack Obama was born a natural born subject of the English Realm.” How can that be? My father was born in Poland – so I’m Polish now? I was born in New York, Obama was born in Hawaii – we are both “natural born.” Cruz was born in Canada, so he is naturalized. This statement sadly taints everything else you wrote as possibly spurious, fabricated to defend your position. But thanks for doing the research for me. I now know where to look.

  • Barbara Holtzman

    Whoa. “Natural born” means born HERE. Not born a ANYWHERE to an American mother. That whole, “if it’s your momma we can tell because we can’t really know who the daddy is” thing is a very old religious way of determining birth right. Not in the Constitution or anywhere I could find. Nowhere does it say that, except on facebook, etc. Can you be designated an American if you were born elsewhere and EITHER PARENT can prove they are American? Yes. Within a very brief period of time after the birth, the parent can take the child to the local US Embassy and ask for an American birth certificate which has the words “Citizen born in [whatever country] emblazoned on it. I’m not sure if that disqualifies you from running for president; I would think it does. That would be a Supreme Court case, I would think. Since Cruz’s parents were living in Canada because they did not like the US, and his father probably couldn’t get in at the time anyway, I’m thinking they didn’t bother with that detail. But let’s see his birth certificate. Should be a simple matter to get it and show it – right?

    • Dave B.

      That “very brief period of time after the birth” is exactly eighteen years in duration. And after that, the person can obtain a US passport or certificate of citizenship on his or her own.

  • Richard Parker

    Palin,Bachmann,Santorum,Perry,Cain,Gingrich – national jokes who will never -repeat-NEVER be president in spite of any cult following or heavenly proclamations – Add Teddy Cruz to that list.