- The letter of the law that says you have to have been born on american soil.
- The vitriol of those who insist the letter of the law must be adhered to, aka, "The Birther Movement".
I am among those who personally feel that the Birthers, as they've come to be known, were far less interested in enforcing the law, than taking President Obama down by any means necessary, despite a complete lack of evidence that he wasn't born in this country.
Ted Cruz not only insists that he was NOT born in the USA, but has his own, technically incorrect, version of the law in which he believes he's eligible for the role of president merely because his mother was a US citizen at the time of his birth.
How do I feel? I'm divided. On one hand, I don't think it should matter where you were born. No, really. It seems unconstitutional in a certain light, to say, we are all created equal... unless you were born somewhere else.
ON THE OTHER HAND. As a long standing Obama supporter, I'm very bitter about how much time and energy went into trying to remove him from office on the basis that some insisted that he wasn't actually born in the USA. It feels wrong to let Ted Cruz replace Obama unless he had been willing to stand up in his defense. Not only is there no evidence that Cruz defended Obama, but it appears as though Cruz was among the Birthers himself.
All I can say is, if hypocrisy were a valued commodity, Cruz would be the wealthiest man on earth.