On January 21, 2008, when Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States, my mother sent this text message: well, we’re looking at the anti-Christ. Despite the tumultuous, disastrous eight years of the Bush administration-misinformation to the public, two failed wars with no exit strategy, sanctioned torture, and a White House that seemed untouchable-Barack Obama was the anti-Christ.
Granted, I’ve never been a fan of the President, but I’ve never likened him to the abomination that causes desolation, as spoken of by the prophet Daniel.
If the two-party paradigm has taught me one thing, it’s that they are a one big dysfunctional family. It seems that politicians on both sides of the aisle snipe for political leverage. One has to wonder if-during the presidential campaign season-members of the same party actually like one another.
Take for instance birthers. You know those people, right? The ones that said the President was born and raised in Kenya. (If I ever, in the six years of this blog’s existence, posted anything remotely close to the “birther” conspiracy, I don’t recall. But more than that, I don’t recall ever believing it.)
One of the people that seemed to grab hold of this theory was Sean Hannity. If there were a person that needed a fact checker in demand, its him.
Numerous times Hannity has fueled the flames of the birther theory, even denying that Obama has revealed his birth certificate. In March 2012, he had this to say:
Look, he did write about his early years, that he did study the Qur’an, that one of the most beautiful moments in life was prayer at sunset. So, I mean, he does have that background.
Now, I can’t deny that prayer at sunset is a beautiful thing, because I’ve never done it. In fact, my prayer life right now kind of sucks. However, at times, I’ve found pulling the hood of my sweatshirt over my head helpful. I’ve even contemplated buying a Jewish prayer shawl. But it’s an illustration of Hannity’s unbridled man-love for George W. Bush (heaven help us if Jeb is elected President) and his seething contempt for Obama.
In March of this year, Hannity sat down for an interview with Ted Cruz about his eligibility status to run for President.
There have been issues. You were born in Calgary, in Canada. Is there a birth certificate issue? Hannity said. I don’t mean to-I did look at social media today and it did come up a number of times. I want to give you a chance to address it.
Look, there’s political chatter on it, Cruz began. The facts are clear. I was born in Calgary. My parents-as a legal matter, my mother is an American citizen by birth. And it’s been federal law for over two centuries that the child of an American citizen born abroad is a citizen by birth, a natural-born citizen which is what the Constitution requires to run and several prior candidates have had this issue: John McCain was born in Panama; George Romney, Mitt’s dad, was born in Mexico, when his parents were Mormon missionaries down there and actually, Barry Goldwater-a lot of people don’t know this-was born in Arizona, before Arizona was a state. And so as a legal matter, the issue is quite straightforward, that if you or I travel abroad and we have a child that’s born abroad, and we’re American citizens, that child is a natural-born citizen.
Just to clarify, John McCain was born to parents that were both American citizens, while his father served in the military, on a military base. Ted Cruz’ father is Cuban and his mother, as previously stated, is American. Having one parent a natural-born citizen and coming into this world in another country, does not make you a natural-born citizen!
But, hell, let’s let the Constitution say it:
Section 1, Article 2: 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 the President; neither neither shall any Person be eligible of that Office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.
As you can imagine, Hannity didn’t press Cruz on the matter. Has he fanned the proverbial flames of President Obama’s legitimacy for the sole purpose of political pandering? Or is Sean Hannity a closet conspiracy theorist?
As in the case with my mother, people dig themselves into their respective trenches, where they love the one and despise the other.
It has only been recently that Senator Cruz has renounced his Canadian citizenship in hopes of attaining the nation’s highest office. In my mind, a natural-born citizen is someone who was born within the boundaries of the United States, or one of its respective territories.
One parent American? One parent not? Born in another country. What do you think?