The Donald Trump Natural Born Nonsense that won’t die Naturally

Posted on January 18, 2016


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How would this Presidential Photo look in the Post Office and other Federal buildings?

The Natural Born Citizen issue that

reared its ugly head before and during the most recent GOP Presidential debate in Charleston, SC – is still actively being disputed in the Conservative social media universe and in the news cycle itself.

Donald Trump is hammering on it in speeches in Iowa and, not surprisingly, Ann Coulter – a proponent and supporter of Trump’s candidacy, has inserted herself in the debate. Coulter now asserts that Senator Ted Cruz is not a Natural Born Citizen. She wasn’t always of this viewpoint:

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But she now explains that she mistakenly cleared Ted’s bonafides because she hadn’t studied the legal arguments on the subject. It remains open to question whether she is better informed now, or simply switched sides on the question as a matter of expediency, given her attachment to Trump’s nomination bid.

Then, there is a lawyer in Houston,Texas that has filed a lawsuit, asking a Federal Court to rule on the question of Cruz’ eligibility and status. Some have called him a crank, but I’m not entirely certain of that. Newton Schwartz, himself an attorney, told reporters:

“This 229-year question has never been pled, presented to or finally decided by or resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court,” Newton Schwartz said in the suit. “Only the U.S. Supreme Court can finally decide, determine judicially and settle this issue now. The U.S. Constitution is not a popularity document for fair weather only,” the Houston attorney added. However persuasive one finds each side in this debate, the final decision ultimately rests in the hands of five or more of nine Justices on the Supreme Court as mandated by the Constitution.”

Schwartz, himself denies that he has any personal animosity or axe to grind regarding Ted Cruz in particular, nor does he claim to have a settled opinion of the question. He worries though, that the question will be raised in an inopportune and partisan manner during the general election. He sees the possibility of “another Bush V. Gore fiasco” in which the Supreme Court would control the outcome of the election.

Contrasted with Schwartz, is Florida Democrat Congressman Alan Grayson, who also pledges to litigate Senator Cruz’ eligibility. Where Schwartz appears to be prudent and pragmatic and at least ostensibly objective – Grayson is patently shaping his tactic as partisan political warfare. Grayson, if he proceeds with his plan to litigate Cruz’ eligibility, will not enhance the public perception of his party, but instead, do it severe damage. Grayson, is not exactly the sort of poster boy one would pick to lead the charge against Ted Cruz. Grayson’s wife alleged spousal abuse and battery in her divorce complaint against him and it doesn’t get any better from there.

Alan Grayson, moreover, makes inflammatory statements against his perceived political opponents that cause even liberals and progressives to squirm uncomfortably. Martin Bashir, who later resigned from his anchor spot at MSNBC over ill-tempered comments toward Sarah Palin, for which he later apologized on air – was accused by Grayson as being a collaborator with Grayson’s mortal enemies, the Tea Party. This merely because Bashir demurred at Grayson’s comparisons of Tea Party members to the Ku Klux Klan and other notorious racists and criminals.

When someone accuses anybody at MSNBC as being on the side of the Tea Party on any subject imaginable, you know they have slammed the door to the real world behind them and locked it from the outside.

Grayson discredited his own line of attack against Ted Cruz, by asserting that Cruz’ mother, Eleanor was not born in the United States. He accuses Mrs. Cruz of having given up her American citizenship. Based on what, you might ask?  Grayson says “if his mother, who clearly worked in Canada for years and years, did so while becoming a Canadian citizen and taking an oath, which is how you do it in Canada, she lost her citizenship by U.S. law.”

This sort of blustery rhetoric is typical of Grayson – as is his customary lack of grasp of facts. Ted’s mother has produced her birth certificate, which has been authenticated and which proves she was born in the U.S – in the state of Delaware, to be specific. Mrs. Cruz, never took a Canadian oath of citizenship and as for her having “worked in Canada for years and years” – that is a false inference as well. She was in Canadian immigration parlance, a “resident worker alien”, not a citizen.

Compared to Alan Grayson, notorious Birther Orly Taitz seems somewhat more reasonable and rational, but then who wouldn’t?  Yet Ms. Taitz is not one that Natural Born theorists bring up in discussions very often –  for a good reason.  The reason being that she is a chronic sufferer of paranoid delusions. Her litany of assertions are incredible enough to cause one to conclude that if Democrats wanted to discredit the Tea Party movement, they couldn’t possible bring anyone forth that would damage the brand more than she.

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Does this look like a person whose elevator goes all the way to the top floor?

Not the least of her outlandish assertions is that the Obama in the White House is an impostor from Indonesia and that the real Obama that lived in Jakarta for two years, is missing, possibly imprisoned, but likely dead. Ms.Taitz also believed that:

“the U.S. has the body of Osama Bin Ladin for quite some time and will wheel it out, when a perfect diversion, perfect crisis is needed. Our court hearing is scheduled to start in just a few hours. Major networks are supposed to be there with cameras rolling. Suddenly, Obama announces that the body of Osama Bin Ladin is found and we need to prepare for a possible terrorist act. Perfect timing!

Like Donald Trump, Orly Taitz is also a compulsive suit filer, having single handedly filed dozens of lawsuits on various pretexts including, but not limited to Obama’s eligibility. She has a dubious reputation in numerous Federal courts, for filing suits that are dismissed chiefly on grounds of frivolity and lack of standing. A handful are related to her serial attempts to become elected to state office in California.

Taitz, not surprisingly, is promoting Donald Trump’s candidacy to her supporters and even entertains the belief that Trump might appoint her Attorney General in his administration. Here’s a sample of Taitz’ apprehensions about what could happen if we don’t take the Natural Born issue seriously as she does:

“Let’s say we have a Cuban missile crisis a few years from now. What allegiance will they show?” she says, warning a hands-off approach from courts means that hypothetically “anybody could run for president — it could be the son of Ayatollah Khomeini, it could be the son of the king of Saudi Arabia, it could be the son of Mullah Omar or the son of [Islamic State group leader] al-Baghdadi.”

She is not alone in this type of hysterical phobia over this issue. I’ve seen it regurgitated in various threads discussing NBC and they are either quoting her directly or have contrived some variation on the theme.

As for Schwartz’ recent filing, American University law professor and CNN contributor Stephen Vladeck assesses the likelihood of Schwartz’ standing as a plaintiff, describes it as “not even a little.” Vladeck continued, “Standing’s only going to work if some state denies Cruz access to the ballot.”  He also concludes that an eligibility challenge would never be accepted by the nation’s highest court.

“It’s the epitome of what they call a generalized grievance,” he told CNN’s “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield.”

Still, it could be said of Schwartz’ suit that it actually may be beneficial to the Cruz campaign. Having a judge reject the suit on lack of standing would bolster Senator Cruz’ contention in the most recent debate, that courts are loath to involve themselves in a controversy that is primarily within the domain of politics. “We know from the McCain lawsuits, courts don’t want to touch this,” said Sarah Duggin, a Law Professor at Catholic University – a noted researcher. “It very well may be that the courts would refuse to go near this. There are so many issues.”