Part 1: Natural Born Citizen
Part 1I: Natural Born Citizen, Part II
Part II1: Third Time's the Charm, Naturally
Here is the text of a response I emailed to him:
A partial quote of what you wrote (to stand in for all of it) –
(J) Current statutory law makes only 1 distinction in citizenship types, and that regards those who are “citizens at birth” versus those who are naturalized(tm). And does not require of a child born abroad that both parents or the father be American citizens, only one parent.Does Congress -- or the supreme Court, for that matter -- have Constitutional authority to redefine the terms used in the Constitution? To put it another way, does Congress (or the supreme Court) have the legal authority to modify the Constitution on the fly?
I do trust that you will say, emphatically, “Of course not!” For, if you do not, there is no more the two of us can say to one another.
Now, the Constitution explicitly gives Congress the power to "establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization ... throughout the United States". The Constitution *also* explicitly declares that Congress has only those powers explicitly granted it in the document.
ERGO: Congress does not have the legal power to change the meaning either of "citizen" (this is why it required a Constitutional Amendment to grant the franchise to women) or of "natural born citizen".
Now, as these laws to which you appeal concerning the US citizenship of the children of aliens born in the US (in the case of Obama, Jindal, Rubio or Nikki Haley) or of citizens and non-citizens born outside the US (in the case of Cruz) are Acts of Congress, if they are indeed Constitutional, then that is so by right of Congress' power to "establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization ... throughout the United States". THAT IS, either: these are laws dealing with naturalization ... or else they are unConstitutional.
1) these Acts of Congress *are* Constitutional, in which case Ted Cruz is a naturalized US citizen, and thus Constitutionally unqualified to occupy the office of US president;
OR 2) these Acts of Congress are unConstitutional, in which case Ted Cruz is in no wise at all a US citizen.