Five Reasons Ted Cruz Should Stay Canadian
Cruz subsequently made headlines -- it was a slow news cycle by all accounts -- last August, by vowing to renounce his Canadian citizenship. After all, the theory goes you can't run for president if you are also a citizen of another country (Though that rule is blown to smithereens if you look at where Sen. John McCain was born or simply type "Obama not American" into a search engine, but we digress.)
So Cruz announced that he wanted nothing to do with the land of John Candy and Canadian bacon. He's going to formally get rid of his Canadian citizenship any day now. But we urge Mr. Cruz to think again. There are five reasonably good reasons he should grab that Canadian citizenship and hug it tight.
5. Canadians seem uncool, but the country produces some awfully nifty people. Aside from the late, great aforementioned John Candy, Canada is the place a lot of really interesting people come from, such as musicians Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Leonard Cohen, writers including Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje (he's the guy that wrote The English Patient, and trust us the book is much better than the movie) and Alice Munro. There's director Sara Polley (and if you haven't seen her documentary Stories We Tell, see it now), Red Pollard, the jockey who rode Seabiscuit, and astronaut Chris Hadfield - all Canadian.
Our point, aside from the joy of thinking about all these wonderful Canadians, is that Canada has come up with a lot of really nifty people. Cruz seems like he's definitely got presidential ambitions, but if we have to hear from him for a campaign season, it would be really nice if he could break out the guitar and sing a chorus of "Old Man," or write a campaign speech that reads like one of the great Canadians wrote it. If we must hear from him, it would be nice if he let his inner Canuck flag fly.
4. He could expand his legal knowledge. Cruz is pretty impressively educated when it comes to the law. He got spit out from Princeton University cum laude with a Bachelor of the Arts before moving on to Harvard Law. While there he was primary editor of the Harvard Law Review (which is fancy as it sounds) and he was described as off-the-charts brilliant.
Of course all that legalese brilliance led to a political career that started with him being elected senator in 2012, but if he stays Canadian, Cruz could expand his knowledge of the whole Canadian system of government and learn how the law works within a federal parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy.
Cruz came up so fast in U.S. politics that we are confident he will do well in the non-American part of North America. Give him a year and he'll be in the House of Commons, and we lay odds he'll be putting Canadian Prime Minister on his resume and hanging out with the Queen within five years, max. For a man as good at this stuff as he is, this is too good a chance to miss. As much as some people long to see Cruz on a presidential ballot box here, we think it would be right nifty if he went Canadian. We just want him well-rounded is all.