Farah’s Dishonest Birther Games

Joseph Farah has some serious spinning to do. Now that he’s spent the last few years claiming that President Obama, who was born in the United States to an American mother and is thus undeniably a natural born citizen, he wants to support Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada to an American mother, as president. So what does he do? Pretend that it’s liberals who are being hypocritical on this, so therefore it’s okay if he’s being hypocritical too. So he tries to show examples of liberals being hypocrites for saying Obama is eligible but Cruz is not:

Here are some of the headlines from what I call “the new birthers”:

Politifact, one of the staunchest, self-anointed defenders of Obama’s eligibility credentials, concludes the Canadian-born Cruz’s claims to natural born citizenship through his American-born citizen mother are in doubt.

Yes, of course, cite the headlines and not the articles. That CNN article? It concludes that Cruz is, in fact, a natural-born citizen and is eligible. The USA Today article doesn’t even suggest that he isn’t eligible, it’s just about the fact that he has duel citizenship and is trying to renounce his Canadian citizenship. The National Post is a Canadian publication, not an American one, and the article does not say that Cruz is not eligible. It only looks at the history of controversy over the meaning of the phrase “natural-born citizen.” And the PolitiFact article actually says that there is no reason to doubt that he is eligible but that, since there is no definitive court ruling, they can’t be “100 percent sure.”

So not a single one of the sources he claims are doubting Cruz’ eligibility actually doubt it. In fact, I don’t know of any liberal at all who thinks Cruz isn’t eligible. One could easily, and correctly, argue that if the birthers’ arguments about Obama are correct and he isn’t eligible then neither is Cruz. And that’s absolutely true. In fact, there’s a much stronger case to be made against Cruz than against Obama because Obama was born in the US while Cruz was not. But the reality is that both Obama and Cruz were and are eligible to be president.

Faced with this reality, Farah does what he always does — pretends it doesn’t exist, accuses his opponents of his own hypocrisy and then uses that as an excuse to keep going:

The last straw for me came in 2012 when, during primary election night analysis, I explained why Sen. Marco Rubio could not and would not be the vice presidential nominee of Mitt Romney – much to the astonishment of my colleagues on the panel at Fox. I simply said, “He’s not eligible.” That statement rendered me ineligible for future appearances – even though I was right.

So if anyone has the right and the duty to weigh in on Ted Cruz’s eligibility, it’s me – even though no one is asking.

My answer is, “I don’t care.”

I don’t care because the Constitution was not written and ratified to be applied to some and not others. If no one cared about Obama’s questionable eligibility, despite his shocking lack of transparency and thin paper trail, then they have no business questioning Ted Cruz – who has released his birth certificate, renounced his Canadian citizenship and upheld every provision of the Constitution to the best of his ability throughout his life.

For the record, I would have preferred if the issue of natural born citizenship were openly debated and discussed before Obama assumed office and began his all-out jihad on the Constitution. I would have preferred if my colleagues in the news media had taken seriously their responsibility to be watchdogs on government and hold all politicians accountable to the rule of law. I would have preferred if the motivations of those of us seeking the truth about Obama’s eligibility status and life story had never been impugned.

But now that’s all water under the bridge.

Our country is in shambles.

“The new birthers” got their way.

For better or worse, they set the standard of eligibility by precedent.

They can’t have it both ways – revising the standard up when they don’t like the candidate and down when they do.

Sorry Joe, the only one doing that here is you.

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  • Al Dente

    It’s interesting that when McCain was running against Obama that Farrah was making birther noises about Obama but ignoring the point that, unlike Obama, McCain wasn’t born in the US. McCain was born in Panama, where his father was stationed as a US naval officer. Nobody doubted that McCain was a natural born citizen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701394965 patrickashton

    Farah is trapped by his own position. When you start from the assumption that Obama is not a natural-born citizen, this is the only conclusion you can come to.

  • Nathair

    duel citizenship

    Now there’s a pun that should have been intended!

  • cptdoom

    Here are some of the headlines from what I call “the new birthers”

    Really, Joe, because all of the people on the left noting the questions about Cruz’s eligibility are simply pointing out, with delicious irony, that the real birthers have painted themselves into a corner with their ridiculous claims. I have not seen anyone – certainly not in leadership – who are actually arguing that Cruz isn’t eligible. Hell, I think most liberals would love for Cruz to be the 2016 nominee.

    For the record, I would have preferred if the issue of natural born citizenship were openly debated and discussed before Obama assumed office and began his all-out jihad on the Constitution. I would have preferred if my colleagues in the news media had taken seriously their responsibility to be watchdogs on government and hold all politicians accountable to the rule of law. I would have preferred if the motivations of those of us seeking the truth about Obama’s eligibility status and life story had never been impugned.

    It would be impossible for the inane questions and ridiculous conspiracies dreamed up by birthers to have been investigated any more deeply. Dozens of journalists have done direct research and hundreds have covered the issue. Even Donald Trump himself jumped into the fray and he couldn’t manufacture anything. There is literally not a shred of evidence the Barack Obama was born anywhere by Honolulu. If your motivations have been impugned, it’s because no rational person could ever conclude anything but that Obama is a native of Hawaii.

  • Chiroptera

    Yeah, but just wait until the Democrats run a “liberal” (read: a conservative who hasn’t lost touch with reality) who was born in Germany to US citizens on vacation. Then Farah will start crapping out all the birther nonsense all over again.

    PS. Ed, I think the second sentence in the OP is garbled. Either that, or all the subsidiary clauses make it too confusing for me to comprehend.

  • dingojack

    Ok I’ve skimmed the constitution and I’ve found absolutely no conditions that restrict who can become Vice President (in fact if the position becomes vacant the President can just choose someone to fill the position, subject to the majority assent of both house of Congress). However if the President resigns, is impeached or dies in office then the Vice President will become President unless the VP is not qualified to be President, in which case the Senate gets to decide who will be President pro tem..

    Or at least that’s how I read it.

    dingo

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    see: Article II Section 1 Clause 6; Amendment XX Section 3 & Amendment XXV

  • Michael Heath

    Al Dente writes:

    It’s interesting that when McCain was running against Obama that Farrah was making birther noises about Obama but ignoring the point that, unlike Obama, McCain wasn’t born in the US. McCain was born in Panama, where his father was stationed as a US naval officer. Nobody doubted that McCain was a natural born citizen.

    That’s not my memory on how the birther meme evolved and eventually targeted Barack Obama. During the early stages of the 2008 primary season, which preceded 2008, I remember Free Republic pushing the argument that Sen. McCain wasn’t eligible to be president. Free Republic’s motivation was to discredit a candidate they perceived wasn’t conservative enough.

    As Sen. Hilary Clinton emerged as the top Democratic candidate in that same race, prior to anyone thinking Sen. Barack Obama had a viable chance, some of Clinton’s most zealous supporters perpetuated that same claim. Their motivation was also to get a more extreme candidate nominated by the Republican party to better distinguish Ms. Clinton’s saneness and pragmaticism.

    There were claims out of conservative camps that the Clinton campaign was covertly turning the knobs on the crazies in her camp, and there were certainly a few, but I don’t recall any evidence Sen. Clinton’s campaign was involved.

    When it became clear that Sen. McCain was going to be the 2008 GOP nominee, Republican partisans became less tolerant of conservative criticisms directed at Sen. McCain. Simultaneous to McCain’s inevitable nomination, Sen. Obama emerged as a credible challenger to Sen. Clinton. The Republican party’s attack personnel, both formal and informal (World Net Daily, Fox News), then started to leverage the birther claim and project it onto Sen. Obama. If I recall correctly the Obama birther meme became really amped up in the Spring of 2008.

  • Al Dente

    Michael Heath @7

    Your memory is better than mine. Thank you for the correction.

  • MikeMa

    Farah has twisted himself into quite the Gordian knot but I know who, in all the world, can free him: Orly! She has not weighed in yet (that I could find in a quick search) on Cruz’s eligibility but I’m sure if Joey would let her back on the WND site, she could clear his whole mess up in one or ten incomprehensible legal filings.

    Take that reality!

  • colnago80

    Brayton forgets that, at least on occasion, fuckface Farah has claimed that Obama was not born in Hawaii.

  • lordshipmayhem

    The National Post is not exactly what I would call a liberal newspaper – it was founded on the Financial Post. I suppose it is by wingnut Tea Party standards, but…

    No. Not liberal at all.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    He’s right. It’s fine for Ted Cruz to run. In fact, I insist on it.

  • Chiroptera

    dingojack, #6:

    The 12th Amendment (last sentence) states that no one can be elected Vice President unless they are qualified to be President.

    On the other hand, as you point out, the 25th Amendment is sort of, eh, ambiguous about the appointment of Vice President should the position become vacant before the next election.

    I can totally see the wingnuts’ “consistent” position on this: if a Democratic president were to try to appoint an ineligible VP, they would (rightly, in my opinion) scream how the intent was clearly to limit the VP to those elibible for president, and they would claim this to be a clear violation of the Constitution.

    On the other hand, if a Republican president were to do this, suddenly they would be all about the strict letter of the law, and surely the writers of the Amendment weren’t stupid, and if they really intended, blah blah blah blah.

    ‘Cause if there is anything that characterizes wingnuts, it’s their consistency on the Constitution: whatever conservatives do, that’s right; whatever liberals do, that’s wrong.

  • colnago80

    Re chihuahua @ #6

    In the event that the vice presidency becomes vacant, the president appoints a candidate for the post who must be confirmed by a majority vote of both houses of Congress. In the unlikely event that the president selected someone ineligible to be president, that individual was confirmed, and the president later vacated the office, with the vice-president being ineligible, the office of president would then devolve on the Speaker of the House.

  • dingojack

    SLC – while it’s true that it is unlikely both house would confirm someone ineligible for the office of VP* a straight devolution of power on to the Speaker might not be so straight forward, see Amendment XX Section 3.

    Dingo

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    * And then there’s our old friend Sarah Palin. She was (theoretically) a heart beat away for the Presidency – a barely qualified to feed herself. Go figure!

  • dingojack

    Oops – *from the Presidency*.

    Echoes of: ‘The scariest phrase in English: “I’m not feeling so well, you take over Dan”‘

  • jameshanley

    Farah’s wrong about Rubio, too. At least according to his Wiki page, Rubio was born in the U.S., hence he’s a natural born citizen and quite eligible.

  • colnago80

    Re dingojack @ #15

    My reading of the 20th Amendment is that Section 3 only applies in the case where the putative president’s term has not yet begun (e.g. currently Jan. 20 at high noon Eastern Standard Time). In my hypothetical, I presumed that the vice-president had vacated the office after that date, with the president subsequently vacating his/her office at a later time, in which case the 25th amendment applies.

  • colnago80

    Re James Hanley @ #17

    According to Wiki, neither of Rubio’s parents were citizens at the time of his birth. I would suspect that Farah rejects birthright citizenship, which is the basis of his claim. Of course, he is full of shit but what else is new.

    http://goo.gl/lGlzw

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    Yeah, the National Post was created by Conrad Black to be a conservative counter to the supposedly liberal Toronto Globe and Mail, Canadian’s equivalent to the New York Times. It’s never had much luck at generating a strong readership. And no doubt by Farrah’s standards it would be too liberal.

    Farrah’s statement “….the Constitution was not written and ratified to be applied to some and not others” shows his ignorance of US history. Or perhaps he’s deliberately ignoring the fact that the Constitution was written for a group of white property owners, and wasn’t intended to apply equally to anyone who wasn’t.

  • colnago80

    Re timgueguen @ #20

    Who owns it now? It is my information that Black was required as part of a plea bargain to sell all his newspaper holdings, which also included the Chicago Sun Times and the Jerusalem Post.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    CanWest Global bought it from Black in 2001, predating his legal problems. Like the rest of Canwest’s newspaper holdings it’s now part of the Postmedia Network, which took over Canwest’s print and online holdings when Canwest went bankrupt in 2009.(Canwest’s broadcast assets were acquired by Shaw.)

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Headline: two words too long.

  • jnorris

    Senator Cruz’s father was a Cuban citizen when the senator was born. Does Senator Cruz have Cuban citizenship?

  • colnago80

    Re jnorris @ #24

    Cruz was born in Canada after his father had left Cuba. It is my information that anyone leaving Cuba illegally automatically lost his/her citizenship.

  • matty1

    “the Constitution was not written and ratified to be applied to some and not others”…. excluding Indians not taxed and ‘other persons’.

    For the record, I would have preferred if the issue of natural born citizenship were openly debated and discussed before Obama assumed office

    I agree, Americans should have realised decades ago that the restriction on citizens becoming president because of an accident of birth serves no good purpose and amended the constitution appropriately.

    The only potential purpose is the idea of an agent of a foreign government somehow getting the post but if They(TM) are able to provide the decades of deep cover needed to achieve that then they are probably also capable of corrupting a natural born citizen.

  • eamick

    McCain was born in Panama, where his father was stationed as a US naval officer.

    McCain was born in the Canal Zone, which was a U.S. territory at the time.

  • dingojack

    If anyone is interested – Ted Cruze’s father was born in Matanzas, Cuba, his mother in Wilmington, Delaware. Therefore, despite being born in Calgary, Alberta, he is a citizen ‘by blood’ through his mother (exactly like Mr Obama). The only difference is that the President was born in a US controlled area (and so is a citizen ‘by soil’ as well as ‘by blood’) and Mr Cruze was not.

    Not that any of this matters to Farah, Mr Obama is a Democrtaic Party member and therefore not a citizen, nohow; Mr. Cruze is a Republican and therefore absolutely a citizen no matter what…

    Dingo

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    Marco Rubio was born in Florida, a citizen ‘by soil’ therefore eligible to be VP (even President}

  • dingojack

    I’ll take wild spelng for $1000, thanks Alex. I meant “Democratic Party”, of course.

    Sigh.

    Dingo