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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 22, 2013/ 16 Elul, 5773

Canadian Bacon Meets Presidential Politics

By Debra J. Saunders

Debra J. Saunders



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Like another erstwhile freshman senator, named Barack Obama, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, blew into Washington and promptly began eyeing the Oval Office. Also like Obama, the Cuban-American Cruz has to suffer the charge that he's not really American and hence not presidential material.

Cruz was born in Calgary, Alberta, to an American mother and a Cuban father. According to most legal eagles, he is "natural born" in the eyes of the U.S. Constitution.

In 2011, President Obama felt compelled to release his birth certificate to counter louche louts such as Donald Trump, who questioned whether the president was born in the United States.

Now it's the GOP's turn. To inoculate against "birther" rumors and show that he has nothing to hide, Cruz released his Canadian certificate of birth to The Dallas Morning News. The paper concluded that Cruz is a dual American and Canadian citizen.

And dual citizenship won't do for the Texas tea party favorite. "Assuming that is true," quoth Cruz in a statement released to the media, "then sure, I will renounce any Canadian citizenship. Nothing against Canada, but I'm an American by birth, and as a U.S. senator, I believe I should be only an American."

On the one hand, an elected official's allegiance to this country and its Constitution should be unassailable. Hence, Cruz did what he had to do.

On the other hand, Canada is a valued ally whose troops have fought and died beside Americans in Afghanistan.

And Canadians are so polite. I once saw a group of Canadian bikers in Montana, and they obeyed the speed limit.



Cruz told CNN this brouhaha shows the "silly season of politics." No lie. Think "Canadian Bacon," the 1995 comedy in which the U.S. president, played by Alan Alda, saber rattled against kindly Canada in a bid to boost his flagging poll ratings.

Cruz argues that he didn't think he was Canadian, because his mom was born in Delaware, his family left Calgary when he was 4 and he has lived the rest of his life in America. Seeing as he never took affirmative steps to claim Canadian citizenship, he explained, he assumed "that was the end of the matter."

That's very close to the argument made by "dreamers" -- illegal immigrants whose parents brought them to America when they were minors. Cruz strongly opposes DREAM Act legislation that would allow those kids, who grew up seeing themselves as Americans, to become citizens.

"Through no fault of his own, Canada imposed citizenship on him," quipped Democratic communications consultant Roger Salazar. He's a reverse dreamer.

This was going to be a column about the circus-ification of politics and how the "birther" movement has made solid Americans suspect. Born in Hawaii to an American mother and an African father, Obama represents this country's constant reinvention. Born on a U.S. military base in the Panama Canal Zone, Sen. John McCain rightly is proud of his family's military history. The son of a Cuban immigrant, who came to America with nothing, and an American mother, Cruz should be proud of his family's attainment of the American dream.

But the insanity runs deeper than I first thought, because when I think about it, there is no way Cruz didn't know he is a dual citizen.

"My guess is he never looked into it," said Sal Russo, co-founder of Tea Party Express. Russo's group supported Cruz in his Senate bid. At the time, Russo told me, Cruz gave "the lawyer answer" about his natural U.S. citizenship.

Sorry, but I don't buy it. Don't tell me Cruz didn't know about his dual citizenship.

Cruz says his mother told him that when he was in high school, he could claim Canadian citizenship.

He was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist. He's an expert on the Constitution. He understands the intricacies of Article 2's requirement that the president be a "natural born Citizen." He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School who, in that heady environment, seemed to believe he was the smartest guy in the room.

If Cruz didn't know, he didn't do his homework. And Ted Cruz always does his homework.

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