"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
-- Proverbs 29:18, King James Bible (KJV)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Birtherism: Is Ted Cruz Legally Ineligible to be President of the United States?

Over at ThinkProgress, Ian Millhiser tackles The Disturbing Legal Consequences Of Ted Cruz Birtherism, confirming that Donald Trump's claim that Ted Cruz is not eligible to be President of the United States has legitimacy among some of the legal community, while the opposite view about birtherism is equally present. If push comes to shove, who will prevail?

We covered this issue previously at our The Life of the Law blog in
The Natural Born Requirement of the Presidential Eligibility Clause : Preempted by the 5th and 14th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution ?

People often make the mistake of thinking that we are "moderns" because we live in the modern world ... but many of our laws, institutions, and ways of thinking -- and this applies to much of the rest of the world too -- are antiquated and dragged down by the heavy stones of tradition, originalism, superstition, and wishful thinking about the standards of the past, long gone, and no longer suitable for the world in which we live, or want to live.