It looks like the birthers are back: The same misguided or unscrupulous activists who insisted that Barack Obama wasn’t eligible for the presidency because he was secretly born in Kenya, now claim that conservative champions Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal and Ted Cruz are also disqualified from the nation’s highest office.
Though both Rubio and Jindal were definitely born on US soil, their attackers say they’re ineligible because their immigrant parents hadn’t yet become naturalized citizens. As to Cruz, born in Canada to an American-born mother and Cuban national father, the activists count him out because only one parent was American.
Actually, all reputable legal scholars agree that one parent who’s a U.S. citizen, OR birth on U.S. soil, qualifies you as a “natural born citizen” under the Constitution. What higher good would be served by disqualifying people from the presidency because their parents hadn’t yet completed their naturalization?
The new “birther” fanatics show the ugliest side of contemporary fringe politics.