Monday, March 23, 2015
Canada is not known for its flash, brashness, or will to power. That is why it is so surprising that a Canadian has become the first Republican candidate to declare his ambition to be elected the 45th President of the United States. Rafael Edward Cruz has many of the credentials expected of Presidential candidates, including intelligence, rhetorical skills, a deep knowledge of children's literature, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School (HLS 2005). However, he has an additional credential that makes him unique, for, unlike Hawaiian-born President Barack Obama (HLS 1991), Ted Cruz was not born in the United States, but, rather, in the great dominion to its north. On December 22, 1970, Cruz was born into the frigid Stampede City of Calgary, Canada. He would be the first Canuck President of the United States. A politician as talented as Cruz in the White House might even be able to persuade his "Home and Native Land" to welcome the United States back into the fold - whence it bolted in 1776 - as a fourth Canadian territory (alongside Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut), with the potential one day, perhaps, of even becoming a fully-fledged eleventh province. As the motto of his birth city, Calgary, urges, Onward, Ted!