Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Is Cruz eligible to be president?

Ted Cruz is not eligible to be president, and I will tell you why. In the Constitution it says that the president must be "natural born." Like a few other parts of the document (like amendment 2), it is unclear, which leads to many arguments about what it means. To figure it out, we need to think like it is 1787 again.

When they wrote the clause, the intent was to be sure that the president would be free of being influenced or having loyalty to a foreign power. A lawyer, St. George Tucker, wrote about the reasoning, saying that the clause was "a happy means of security against foreign influence" and that the "admission of foreigners into our councils, consequently, cannot be too much guarded against."

In the late 18th century there was no such thing as dual-citizenship. It did not exist until a century later, in the late 19th century. So the founding fathers did not think about it when writing the Constitution. Going by the spirit of the founders, I think that anyone who is a citizen of another country, even while retaining US citizenship, is not eligible. How does letting a person be president be a citizen of another country in this case guard against a loyalty to another country?

I know that Representative Alan Grayson (R-Florida) has a lawsuit ready to file the day Cruz wins the nomination (if he does) and it will go to the courts. I would be interesting, especially hearing Republicans defend Cruz after years of saying Obama was not a citizen.

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Militia Morons

So, a dozen militia wackos have taken over a small building in the middle of a national forest. Anyone care? Not the police who are not having the standoff they wanted. Not the president, who has better things to worry about. Not the public, who have nicknamed the group Y'all-qaeda and VanillaISIS.

I think we need to worry, because this is a step up for the militia movement. There are over two hundred in the US (that we know of), and they have some very radical ideas. These yahoos on Oregon think they are going to die in another Waco and encourage other "patriots" to take up arms against the government. That they have done this badly planned effort means more dangerous acts may be coming.

This is a direct response to the win they had when the feds backed down on Cliven Bundy, a rancher that owes tons of cash to the feds (i.e. you and me). In order to avoid a fight, they backed off, and the militia had their first real win, which leads to the non-standoff in the woods.

These guys are seriously ready to die for their cause of completely misunderstanding the Constitution. One of them, Arizona nutball Jon Ritzheimer, a man who has tried to start a war with Muslims twice, let this teary message on the web:

 Sad. No, they are pathetic. He is not the only one to talk about his upcoming transition to martyr.

I like that the police and FBI are staying away. They have threatened to shoot at the cops if they come near. The best plan is the one they have: leave them alone. They are not holding hostages, just a building. If the cops act on them it will only embolden these people. Instead they will let them wait until they give up out of either boredom or hunger (apparently they have made an Internet plea for snacks to be sent to a local post office. Not as prepared to occupy the building for "years" as they have claimed). The FBI knows who they are, and when they vacate they will issue warrants and take them in. They do have serious charges coming, not the least sedition.