Because I am really old I remember when the first Rocky movie came out back in 1976. That’s 40 years ago.
One of the great scenes from that movie was the skating rink scene. The rink was closed. Rocky Balboa and Adrian Pennino show up to go skating. The sign says “closed.” Rocky asked the custodian “Does that mean its closed to everyone, or just the general public?”
Interesting question! But it get them in to skate a few twirls.
Recent events with the Republican presidential race have reminded me of that scene. Here is why.
Well educated people, including myself, have been consistent in stating that Ted Cruz is not eligible to be president because he is not a natural born citizen. Of course his apologists will twist any reality to suggest that he is eligible.
The argument many of them use is that various courts have determined that the Naturalization Act of 1790 absolves Cruz from meeting that requirement. No need to really discuss the Fact that the Naturalization Act of 1795 specifically nullifies the 1790 act.
Rebuttals of the obsolete 1790 legislation naturally (no pun intended) fall on deft ears and closed minds.
How does this relate to the scene from Rocky?
Section 1 of Article Two of the United States Constitution sets forth the eligibility requirements for serving as president of the United States, under clause 5:
No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
In essence, Senator Ted Cruz asked the courts “Does that mean its applies to everyone, or just the general public?” The implication is that he sees himself as a special type of citizen…beyond the bounds of the Constitution.
Unfortunately the lowers courts, but never the Supreme court, have nodded and winked their assent to the idea that elected bureaucrats are in fact a special breed of citizen…to whom the MANDATES of the Constitution do not apply.
Well, the skating rink scene makes for good movie making. However, this type of dereliction of duty and promiscuity of principles leaves our nation once again on very thin ice.
That Is The Way I See It.