The Citizenship and Character of Lyin' Ted Cruz and the Honorable Winston Churchill
Cruz spoke thousands of words over his long presidential campaign, but at the critical moment he failed to speak these words-"I am here to honor my pledge to support Donald Trump as my party's presidential nominee, because I am a man of my word and also because letting Hillary Clinton appoint Supreme Court Justices and other federal judges would be absurd." Instead Cruz headed toward the Wilderness instead of toward the Supreme Court.
In 1963 the United States made Winston Churchill an honorary United States citizen.
It was a suitable honor for an extraordinary man whose mother had been a United States citizen when he was born in Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, Great Britain in 1874.
Churchill's mother was a United States citizen, but Churchill was not a natural born citizen because he was not born in the United States and he was not a naturalized United States citizen, because Congress did not authorize naturalization of the children of United States mothers until 1934.
Like Churchill, Ted Cruz was born outside the United States to a United States mother and likewise was not a natural born United States citizen.
Unlike Churchill, Cruz was born after Congress authorized naturalization of the children of United States and Cruz became a naturalized United States citizen.
As a naturalized United States citizen, Cruz is eligible to hold all but two public offices in the United States: President (as provided in the Constitution) and Vice President (as provided in the Twelfth Amendment).
The Constitution has never been amended to change the meaning of its natural born citizen clause, but Cruz ran for President anyway and proved himself to be untrustworthy after Donald Trump beat him easily.
Like Churchill, Cruz has entered the Wilderness.
Unlike Churchill, he's not going to triumphantly return.
Churchill's Wilderness Years began in 1929, when he lost his cabinet position in the British Government, and ended in 1939, when he joined Great Britain's War Cabinet.
Cruz's Wilderness Period started when he refused to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump while struggling to present himself as a highly principled man instead of a sore loser.
Churchill returned from the Wilderness to lead Great Britain to victory against the Axis Powers, having warned for years of the danger Hitler posed while the British establishment led by Neville Chamberlain hoped otherwise.
Unlike Churchill, Cruz could not rise to the occasion at the critical moment.
Churchill was an ardent anti-Communist, but quickly allied with Communist dictator Joseph Stalin as a matter of political necessity after Hitler invaded the Soviet Union to deal with a greater, more pressing threat.
When queried about his change of attitude, Churchill replied, "If Hitler invaded hell I would make at least a favourable reference to the devil in the House of Commons."
Cruz had pledged to support the winner of the race for the Republican presidential race, but broke his pledge instead of stepping up.
Trying mightily justify breaking his pledge, Cruz whined that after he made the pledge Trump had retweeted an unflattered photo of Heidi Cruz and wondered about a National Inquirer photo that seemed to show Cruz's father with Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963.
Unsurprisingly, Cruz neglected to mention that his campaign had first launched an attack on Trump's wife as unfit to be First Lady.
Team Cruz then desperately needed something to stop Trump's march to the Republican presidential nomination.
It bsnked on a naked photo of Melania Trump in a superpac ad to show that Trump lacks presidential character.
The Washington Examiner reported a female Cruz supporter's appearance on "Cavuto" this way:
"A Ted Cruz supporter said during an interview on Fox Business Network that it's 'critically important' that Republican voters consider that Donald Trump's wife Melania is foreign-born and has 'posed nude' in a magazine.
"On Tuesday, Cruz supporter Andrea McWilliams, a Texas-based lobbyist, told Fox anchor Neil Cavuto that in light of former first lady Nancy Reagan's death this week, 'we should be looking at the first lady candidates, instead of just talking about the men.'
"'If Donald Trump is elected, Mrs. Trump will be the first first lady that has ever posed nude; the first first lady that's the third wife [of the president]; and the first foreign-born first lady in this century.' She said, 'by contrast," Cruz's wife Heidi would be 'the first pro-life first lady."
The article noted that Melania Trump had posed nude for an issue of a British edition of GQ magazine before becoming Mrs. Trump.
Apparently Team Cruz had a copy of the issue and felt that a foreign-born wife might not be enough to sink the Trump campaign.
The Cruz supporter said that she thought that "posing nude speaks to character."
So who was really surprised when the photo to which she referred showed up in that superpac ad as Utah was about to vote?
Who expected Trump NOT to retaliate?
Politics ain't beanbag.
Who would want a President who would not retaliate?
When President Obama drew a red line in Syria and it was crossed, President Obama demonstrated that he was weak and his word was unreliable.
If Trump replaces President Obama, at least the world will know that he will counter punch hard.
That would be a good thing.
Let's not forget that Team Cruz brought up the Melania Trump being naked in a magazine a couple of weeks before that superpac used the photo referred to in a political ad attacking Trump.
After that ad from "Make America Awesome" (should be "Make America Awful") appeared, Trump tweeted: "Lyin’ Ted Cruz just used a picture of Melania from a G.Q. shoot in his ad. Be careful, Lyin’ Ted, or I will spill the beans on your wife!"
It was a measured response.
When Cruz grumbled about that tweet and posed as a protective husband, Trump responded by retweeting juxtaposed head shot photos of Cruz's wife and his own wife, with Heidi looking mean and Melania looking serene.
Trump stated in his tweet that there was no need to "spill the beans," because the juxtaposed photos spoke a thousand words.
Cruz spoke many thousands of words over his long presidential campaign, but at the critical moment he failed to speak these words-"I am here to honor my pledge to support Donald Trump as my party's presidential nominee, because I am a man of my word and also because letting Hillary Clinton appoint Supreme Court Justices and other federal judges would be absurd." Instead Cruz headed toward the Wilderness instead of toward the Supreme Court.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.