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On Opinion: Just think about Ted Cruz for a minute


2002 4 years, 4 months ago

Come on, it is OK to be racist if you're on the left. I'm not much of a Ted Cruz fan, but I find the opposition to him on the left to be offensive. It is very similar to the opposition to Sarah Palin or any African-American conservative. The left believes that the own every person in these categories. Embarrassing.

tomatogrower 4 years, 4 months ago

He is not a US citizen, sorry. He can run for any office, except President and Vice President. Obama - born in US to a US mother and a Kenyan father legally in country - 2/3 US Cruz - born in Canada to US mother and Cuban father 1/3 US - not enough.

Orwell 4 years, 4 months ago

He's a political neanderthal, the reincarnation of Joe McCarthy. His ethnicity and place of birth have nothing to do with anything, except to expose the hypocrisy of the birthers.

fuel_for_the_fire 4 years, 4 months ago

It never ceases to amaze me how little Americans know about their own country, not to mention their neighbor to the North.

A. tolawdjk is correct - Canadian is not a race, it is a nationality.

B. tomatogrower is incorrect - there is no such thing as being a fraction of an American as this too is a nationality and not a race. You either are an American citizen, or you are not. (Note: You can have more than one nationality but this does not make you half and half). If you are born in the US, are are an American citizen, regardless of your parents' nationality. If you were born abroad and have at least one parent who is an American citizen and meets certain other requirements, your parent can apply for you to become an American citizen (acquired citizenship) at birth, or you can apply yourself if were under 18 from 12/24/52 to 2/27/01, but again certain requirements must be met.

The US Citizen and Immigration Services website has all the information.

C. I agree with appleaday - Brilliant article!

Phoghorn 4 years, 4 months ago

Of course nobody questions McCain or Romney. Their parents are both American citizens. Duh!

Phoghorn 4 years, 4 months ago

Why would it be wrong to let Canada run its pipeline? Is this author saying that we are doing them a favor by disallowing the pipeline? That is odd.

Yes, Canada has socialized medicine. Canadian citizens come to the US for care.

Karl Marx wrote his book while in England? What does that have to do with the price of tea in China.

This is a piece of creative writing, for sure. It's irony is not lost on me. That being said, it is not investigative journalism.

tolawdjk 4 years, 4 months ago

What part of "Opinion" in the headline led you to believe this might be investigative journalism.

To borrow your own words...if you are connecting the dots to a picture of an opinion piece, you are really just drawing an opinion piece.

Phoghorn 4 years, 4 months ago

I understand that, but many people will take an opinion piece and parrot it as if it is investigative journalism. For evidence of this, see any discussion board below any opinion piece.

jayhawklawrence 4 years, 4 months ago

Since you brought it up, who is to say that our version of investigative journalism does not belong in the opinion section.

This is probably a good topic for a class discussion and I would submit that it is not as clearly defined as you might assume. For example, 30 million people believe Rush Limbaugh to be an oracle of the truth and when backed into a corner, he and his defenders will call him an "entertainer" while smirking. On his show he is constantly quoting news stories which are not reliable but given as such.

deec 4 years, 4 months ago

Given that the first Keystone pipeline leaked 12 times in its first year, and the proposed pipeline would run over the principal water source for 9 states, it's obvious what''s wrong with it. Not to mention the devastation occurring in Alberta to the soil, water and air caused by dilbit extraction. Then there's the increased rates of cancer, birth defects and other health issues to Canadians in proximity to the mines. As for the jobs, when completed a grand total of 35 permanent jobs will be created according to the State Dept. report which was written by a firm with ties to Transcanada. So yeah, stopping the KXL does benefit Canada, or at least its citizens who don't happen to own stock in the dilbit companies.

Orwell 4 years, 4 months ago

I'm sure U.S. citizens denied health care coverage would be happy to receive the services available to all Canadians. The only Canadians who come here are the ones who can afford the astronomical prices many Americans can't handle

jhawkinsf 4 years, 4 months ago

Why would they come here at all? Doesn't that imply that there are better services here than in Canada?

Thomas Bryce Jr. 4 years, 4 months ago

Oh, I am sure Donald Trump had His people check it all out. So, You KNOW Ted is OK. (wink?)

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